Rally stripes, racing stripes, hood stripes, SS stripes ... call 'em what you may, but a stripe by any other name is still a stripe. It may have all started back in the Byzantine era when the first charioteer decided to lay out some lovely lines on his radical new ride. There is no scientific explanation behind it, but laying down some SS stripes on a plain Jane hood actually seems to make the vehicle go faster. No matter how you look at it, hood stripes will almost always increase the visual appeal of a classic or modern Chevrolet.
The '71 El Camino on the cover of this magazine was painted a brilliant PPG red in the March 2007 issue by Harrison Restorations. The El Camino may have had too much red on it, so shop owner Harrison Ortis added some SS-style stripes to the hood to break everything up. However, he didn't stop there: Buried deep within the black stripes are some three-dimensional, realistic flames that run a quarter of the way up the hood.
Let's take a look at how it was done.