A "Bowtie Brigader" is anyone who loves Chevrolets. I coined the phrase in 1982 when the enthusiast aftermarket was just beginning to sizzle. Three years later, while on a Midwest TV show, I coined the phrase, "People Who Chevy Together Stay Heavy Together." That we do. I can't count all the photos I've taken of Chevy racers, corporate and club leaders and enthusiasts over the last 53 years, but there are easily enough to fill Super Chevy for a year or two. That's 24 issues of just people and their Chevys.
For this month's story, I researched for hours and ended up with about 50. I then pared them down to what you see here. Each one was selected for what I consider a top-notch, double-throw-down, hard-core, pedal-to-the-metal, reason. Each caption tells all. Welcome to the world-wide Bow Tie Brigade.
Whatever became of Grady Bryant's Chevy II Funny Car? Today it's totally restored and holding down cement at Delmer McAfee's private museum in west Texas. We caught up with Grady (left) and ace wrench, Guy Tipton at McAfee's West Texas Hot Rod Reunion. Spectacular.
Enid, Oklahoma's Harold Clay stands proud in front of the NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California, with the official Hayden Proffitt '62 409 Bel Air recreation he and his shop created. With 4.11:1 gears and coasting in most of fourth-gear, the car went 13.32 at the 348-409 event at Thompson Dragway, Thompson, Ohio.
Speaking of Hayden Proffitt, we caught up with him at the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield. He was chauffeuring longtime Omaha 409er, Ken Reeves. He also autographed items and mingled with thousands of fans.
A top Bow Tie Brigader in Baltimore is CBS/NFL Football TV host, James Brown. Drag Racing Hall Of Famer Francis Butler snapped this photo of “JB” by his two spectacular Camaros.