Fifties and '60s Chevys and their owners certainly created a coveted history back in the day. I was there. But then life goes on—or so they say. To all those who could not afford a new Chevy, the '70s and '80s were a welcome time. I was there too, but as editor of this magazine in those days I had a little more say in what went on. In 1988, on a TV show in Indianapolis, I coined the phrase, "People who Chevy together stay heavy together." The '70s and '80s was when a lot of folks could finally afford the '50s and '60s Chevys of their dreams. Prices had pretty much bottomed out and were just beginning their rise into the stratosphere. Today, these folks are either grandparents or parents of many current readers—and they themselves still read Super Chevy. They wouldn't miss an issue. So many of their Chevys were seen by the staff and photographed at Super Chevy Shows. Where are they today? For sure, still bringing plenty of fun and happiness.  This was taken in 1988 in Daytona Beach at Smokey Yunick's first auction. This photo shows about 1/50th of all the cool and rare stuff soon to be auctioned by Smokey himself.  This was taken in 1988 in Daytona Beach at Smokey Yunick's first auction. This photo s Unknown to most in 1988, one Henry "Smokey" Yunick, owner of The Best Damn Garage In Town in Daytona Beach, did a lot of research and testing for various manufacturers who knew the benefits of vehicle stress-testing, etc., via NASCAR and road racing. At the young age of 19, Yunick was a Army Air Corps WWII B-17 pilot in Europe. He flew over 50 missions and survived. Roughly 40 years later, he decided to hold an auction to sell off his entire stock of mostly rare performance items. What did not sell would go up for auction again the following year—after the Daytona 500. We attended the first auction, took photos, then identified various engines and parts, including never-seen-before canted-valve head 302s, 427 Mystery engines, and much more. I even bought an NOS '63-'65 Rochester F.I. plenum (dog house). Smokey gladly autographed it.  A long time ago, Texan Delmer McAfee bought a 496 ci '69 Camaro owned and built by "Mr. Chevrolet," Dick Harrell. We met Del in 1985 and first saw his Camaro in 1988. We just saw it again last year sitting next to Del's Reher-Morrison Pro Stock World Champion Camaro in his fortified museum. We sensed both Lee Shepherd and Harrell were nearby bench racing. I used to know them both. Thumbs up to Del.  A long time ago, Texan Delmer McAfee bought a 496 ci '69 Camaro owned and built by "Mr  By 1988, my Project Econo-Performer '70 Monte Carlo mileage and performance test bed for Super Chevy and Popular Hot Rodding had just about run its course. The project started in '79 and some 66,000 test miles were recorded overall in various states of tune and parts combos. Driven moderately today, I still own it. With a 1,200-5,000 rpm power curve, 2,500-rpm stall-speed converter and 3.31:1 gears, 4,140-pound Monte Carlo ran 14.30s at 97 through the mufflers at sea level. It would have done even better with a 200-4R or 700-R4 AOD transmission. That's me, age 44.  By 1988, my Project Econo-Performer '70 Monte Carlo mileage and performance test bed f By Doug Marion Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!