It’s one of those random questions that stemmed from a loosely organized BS session that took place during one of our famous late-afternoon coffee breaks held in one of the new-age “breakout” areas of the TEN headquarters in Irvine (actually, it’s Santa Ana by a few hundred feet), California (watch out Google and Facebook, we are conducting business in a pretty hip office these days). It happened in between a few sips of an afternoon brew when someone asked, “What is the baddest muscle car of all time?” Seriously!? Like that question can be properly answered in one coffee/tea break? Not gonna happen! A question like that requires hours of debate, a bit of name-calling, and a few swear words thrown in for animation and to confirm everyone’s point is taken more serious (that hardly ever works). And after all that there’s no guarantee the parties involved will be in agreement – everyone still will have their own idea of what is and who built the baddest muscle car of all time. And the reality is that there is no wrong or right answer; it’s 100-percent subjective. The only thing we know for sure is that each person will think he or she is correct and everyone else is dead wrong … Right?
So that conversation gave me the idea to step back a little and narrow the time frame down from “all time” to just the coolest rides we’ve featured in Chevy High Performance over the last year. If successful, we’ll make it a tradition and turn it into a yearly thing. I’m thinking this will be a great way for us to revisit cars from the previous year and give them another go in the magazine and on chevyhiperformance.com.
So, we went back to the “brew crew” (Chevy High Performance editors and editors from other car publications in our office) laid out all the features from 2015 and asked them to help us compile an initial round that included 20 of the baddest rides from 2015. We then went to the CHP social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Google+) to get user feedback on our list of 20. We looked over the posts and took into account the comments and number of “likes” those cars got, then whittled it down to the Top 11 cars of 2015.
You may be asking why we didn’t stop at picking just 10? To paraphrase Spinal Tap’s lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel, “this one goes to 11.” And to be honest, we had such a difficult time coming to an agreement on choosing the last few cars that we just decided to make it a Top 11 list. This kept physical and psychological damage to a minimum, and if you think about it, a Top 10 list is so David Letterman.
While you browse through our Top 11 feature cars of 2015 starting on page 42, you’ll notice a variety of styles that should give just about any Chevy muscle car fan something they can relate to. Be it build style, stance, wheel combination, or powerplant, every car on the list will give you an idea that can be applied to your own project.
Although we have yet to agree on who built the baddest muscle car of all time, the names Mark Stielow and Big Red continue to come up in our coffee break conversations.
With that said, we could use your input on the subject. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with what you believe to be the baddest muscle car of all time.
This should be good …