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The Legacy of
  Jimmy's Bowtie Supply

The seed for Jimmy's Bowtie Supply was planted in November of 1979 when Jimmy Shreve's parents helped him buy his first Camaro for his 17th birthday. Nicknamed the "pinto bean" because of the brown primer spots, a BMW wouldn't have thrilled him more. Jimmy washed, sanded, primed and got a friend to paint "The Car" for $50.00.                     

Although this was his "first love", there were other Camaros in his future. With the exception of one badly worn 260 Z Datsun, Jimmy would own nothing but Camaros and Firebirds. His budget was limited, so Jimmy had to learn to do all his own repair work. After completing the Machinist course at the local Tennessee Vocational Technical school, Jimmy started work as a maintenance machinist with the Calsonic Plant in Shelbyville, a supplier of exhaust systems for the nearby Nissan plant. With a better salary Jimmy was eventually able to buy a rough 1969 Camaro convertible. Jimmy began a complete restoration of this car the old fashioned way, one part at a time. This intimate contact with the disassembly and reassembly of the car as well as the researching of correct parts was the genesis of the technical knowledge that is now recognized by many Camaro enthusiast. 

This 1969 Camaro was gradually improved until there were a room full of trophies and Jimmy was competing in the Senior Division. The work load of starting Bowtie Supply while continuing his job at Calsonic began to reduce the time available for competing in car shows. Jimmy also found he was competing against many of his customers so the 1969 Pace Car convertible was retired and is now stored in a bubble in the showroom at the Flat Creek location.

The business grew and Jimmy hired employees to work his business while he continued to work at Calsonic. Realizing the strength of his business was what he knew about Camaros and his not being available to answer questions was hindering the growth of his business, Jimmy left Calsonic in April 2000 to work full time building Bowtie Supply.

Below are Jimmy and his oldest son Jared showing off their latest toys at a local Cruise In.



 

 

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