ASRF LEGEND – BOB BOWMAN

“I don’t know why I’m building a bucket at 75 years old,” Bob scoffed.

Bob was introduced to hot rodding before he was even a teenager, reflecting on a vintage photograph of Bernie Horton’s 1932 Ford roadster, circa 1960.

“Bernie only lived about quarter mile from my house and that was my poison, that car. In between his house and my house, my dad found a roadster and bought it for me. It was a Standard, not something you brag about, but it was a roadster and I was happy.”

Bob was aged just 11 at the time, but that introduction would lead into a lifetime of hot rodding, building cars for both himself and others. His first noteworthy hot rod was a 1933 Ford sedan which he registered for the road in the late 1960s.

Bob is a founding member of Sydney Limited Street Rodders, established in 1974. Prior to that he admits to being somewhat of a lone wolf. 

“I used to go to the Drag-Ens meetings and the Ramrods meetings and the Gladiators meetings and stuff like that, but they were all a bit too organised for me,” he laughs.

From the early 1970s to the early 1990s, Bob operated a business, Street Rod Accessories, which centered around hot rod bodies, chassis, suspension and other hardware. After selling the operation, he continued to build cars from his home workshop and has done so right up to this day.

“I love building cars, it’s something I’d do all day, every day.”

It’s Bob’s absolute dedication to all facets of the hobby that has earned him an ASRF Legends award.