1988: Looking Back 25 Years

Doug Marion Sep 27, 2013 0 Comment(s)
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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.

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.

Smokey Yunick 1988 Daytona Beach 2/4

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