Add another major award to Bobby Alloway’s already impressive trophy case. An Alloway-built car won the 2015 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year award at the 18th annual PPG Goodguys Nationals, held July 10-12 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio.
The car, a gleaming 1937 Chevy coupe owned by Chuck Rowe of Millington, Tennessee, was a crowd magnet and featured Alloway’s signature deep black PPG finish and rakish stance. Celebrated as “the master of black,” Alloway almost always paints his custom builds black.
The Chevy was built at Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop where he uses PPG products exclusively. This car wore DELTRON DBU 9700 Basecoat and DCU 2002 CONCEPT Clearcoat finishes.
It was Alloway’s third time winning the award. In 2001 he took the honors with a 1933 Ford, and in 2012 he won with a 1932 Ford. Multiple wins does not make the experience any easier, however.
“The whole thing is nerve-wracking,” Alloway said. “It’s an honor to win, but you’re competing with the top builders in the world, so you can’t relax or get overconfident. You do the best you can, make the car look great and hope the judges recognize your work. I’m thankful they did.”
Alloway has been building street rods since 1978, and his shop in Louisville, Tennessee, has consistently produced award-winning vehicles. He is well known for cars that sport an aggressive presence obtained through a blend of color, proportion and pure power-in this case an all-aluminum McLaren Chevrolet Big Block V8.