The Super Chevy show comes to Maple Grove today through Sunday for another wild weekend of racing, car shows, and swap meets! Now there is yet another reason to shine up that old Chevy and bring it out to the show!
The Dina Parise Racing (DPR) team is known for their support of Veterans and members of the Armed Forces. After unfortunately missing last year’s show, DPR will be on hand paying homage to veterans, giving fans the opportunity to do the same, and making DPR history.
That’s where the “Stop Write Here” Project comes in. DPR’s 1963 and 1953 Pro Mod Corvettes will be on hand as usual. The ‘63, which is being fitted with a new nose, is awaiting the signature stars and flag draping that is unique to DPR cars, so grab a Sharpie! Fans will have the opportunity to sign their name, take a photo of it, and help support an amazing organization all at the same time, for a donation to the Honor Flight Network. Honor Flight Network (www.honorflight.org) is a non-profit organization, which goes above and beyond to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. Heroes are transported to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials with top priority awarded to senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. Honor Flight has many regional hubs to accommodate Veterans.
"I wanted to give the fans an opportunity to feel that they are part of the team and be able to give back at the same time,” Dina says, “I think this will be as fun for the fans as it will be for us!”
Also being that DPR is a female-owned team, Dina would like the funds to be allocated to female Veterans.
“As a driver (and a person), these ladies inspire me,” she said, “I think this is a great way to give back to them for their service. It’s our way of saying ‘thank you and you are not forgotten.’”
“Maple Grove Super Chevy holds a lot of significance for this team,” stated Dina Parise. “This was my introduction to drag racing and the beginning of our team as a whole. We have many fans and friends here. In 2010, I lost the final here to Jimmy Barker. The list goes on…”
The DPR team has unfortunately had a bit of a rough start this season, but Dina and Andrew are determined to step up their game and show their competitors how fierce they can be.
"It's been a wild ride so far." Dina said.
"Getting back in the groove of things has been a bumpy ride, but we will get past it” her husband Andrew says, then added laughing, “well, if my wife and I don't kill each other first that is!"
Photos: Rhonda McCole Photography