There are only two cars that make the cover of Chevelle magazine each year, and Brad Hooper’s 1967 Chevelle Malibu convertible made the cover of Chevelle in 2017.
The call came in from the Motor Trend Group’s ace photographer John Machaqueiro that around 6AM Saturday morning April 7, Brad Hooper’s ’67 Chevelle had burned to the ground in a major shop fire. We called Brad to offer condolences, and spoke with him a little bit about the fire. Brad said he and his wife were asleep inside the motorhome parked inside one of three large shop buildings when his wife awoke to fire alarms and acrid smoke entering the motorhome. Brad attributed his wife’s actions to saving them both from perishing in the fire.
Brad wrote on his Facebook page, “ The Chevelle that many people spent thousands of hours working on is gone. One of the shops in Missouri, which housed most of the supplies for TOG, is gone along with it. It is all material things and glad we are here to spend another day with friends and family members, Thank you to everyone who tried to help put out the fire from the fire departments in Houston and Cabool and to all of the support from friends and family all over the country with messages of support.”
It’s too bad the Chevelle is far beyond reclamation, but no lives were lost, and Brad Hooper is a hard charging guy with many ongoing projects and interests in states other than Missouri. This event will not reshape Brad’s life it’s just a dark page in book full of good stories.