The Bowtie Shop formally opened for business in December, 2006. What sets the Bowtie Shop apart from many other shops is that it is the direct result of Joe’s life-long passion for Corvettes. Joe is no stranger to the fascinating world of Corvettes and Corvette restoration. To give you a better understanding of Joe’s love of Corvettes, one must start at the beginning.
Joe Scafidi’s interest in automobiles began when he was just a kid, hanging out at his father’s taxi company’s garage in Waltham, MA.
When he graduated college with an engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, he went to work at his family’s new business, New England Wheels, Inc. Over the course of 24 years, New England Wheels became known as one of the leading national manufacturers of commercial wheelchair accessible vehicles.
During his thirty-plus years at New England Wheels, Joe had the opportunity to work in every department and learned all the aspects of designing and building their wheelchair accessible vans; from metal fabrication, fiberglass design/fabrication, electrical accessory installation, interior design/fabrication, to the supervision of each department. For eight years Joe supervised the entire operation, including the sales department as Vice President of Operations.
In February of 2005, the Scafidi family sold New England Wheels which allowed Joe the opportunity to establish a business that would satisfy his main passion, the restoration, service and repair of Corvettes and other classic cars.
When he was a teenager, Joe began working with the shop mechanics and helped out in the body shop and soon developed his all-around auto repair abilities. During his last year in high school, Joe saw a stunning 67 white coupe with blue stinger and it was love at first sight. Working weekends and summers during high school and college, Joe spent many hours repairing engines, re-building chassis and doing body work.
For the last twenty years, Joe has had a formidable interest in the restoration of Corvettes. While still in college, he purchased his first Corvette, a 63 Roadster that was in very rough shape. Of course it was red. He used that car as a daily driver year round for approximately one year while repairing and restoring along the way. During that same year, he joined NCRS and another local corvette club, the Bay State Corvette Club, both of which he is still a member today. When Joe graduated from college, he purchased a new 1985 Corvette which allowed him to begin a body-off restoration of the 63. It was with this car he earned his first NCRS Top Flight award at the age of 25.
Along with his experience, knowledge and skills, Joe has restored hundreds of Corvettes for himself, friends, and customers over the past twenty-eight years. He has also progressed through the NCRS Judging Program to earn a level 400 Master Judge designation in 2008. Joe continues to expand his Corvette knowledge by attending judging seminars, tech sessions and corvette judging events that he can fit into his business and family schedule. Joe also enjoys teaching about the actual process of NCRS judging. His areas of specialty are in paint and vehicle originality and condition.
Joe’s full service shop for Corvettes and vintage cars finds its home at several thousand square foot facility in Billerica, MA. This facility is set up with a separate assembly area, vehicle lifts, a separate body shop and state-of-the-art spray booth. The Bowtie Shop performs all aspects of restorations, repairs, service and custom work. Whether it is a complete body-off restoration on your classic Corvette or just a quick repair and detail of your daily driver, The Bowtie Shop is the place where you can find it all. For all you late model owners looking for a quality shop to perform maintenance/service and even some aftermarket add-ons, you can find it at The Bowtie Shop.
MEET THE TEAM
JoJo is currently a student at WPI but when he's not in class, but he is most certainly following his father's footsteps. He contributes at The Bowtie Shop with a little of every thing . . .
Paul's chief responsibility at the Bowtie Shop is ensuring our “shop greeter”, Gretchen, gets to work each day! All kidding aside, Paul also brings 30+ years of all-around automotive experience to our shop. . .
JOHN HAND, JR
John will bring your tired or damaged Corvette or muscle car's body and paint back to like-new condition. He is well versed at panel replacement, fiberglass repairs, panels straightening. . .
John is our mechanical wizard. From engine repairs and rebuilding to differential repairs and gear changes, he can keep your Corvette or muscle car running and driving like new. John is also a master in header and exhaust fabrication. . .
Maren joined the team as part of a local co-op technical school. She has been recognized locally and nationally for her accomplishments in body work. From fiberglass repair to paint prep she is well trained and fits in perfectly. . .