BOULDER, Colo. –
Tom Selleck’s performance in the iconic ’80s television action series “Magnum, P.I.” helped give rise to a decade in which the mustache was the must-have fashion accessory for men.
But while the bygone glory days of the hairy upper lip may have faded, a group of Boulder-area residents dedicated to its resurrection gathered Saturday for the conclusion of the third-annual Tom Selleck Classic mustache contest.
The rules of the Classic are simple enough — start with proof of a clean-shaven face, keep the chin bare and grow the most incredible mustache possible in 30 days.
“There’s no athletic prowess required,” said Sam Stevens, 30, of Louisville.
Stevens began the tradition three years ago while living in Los Angeles. He and a group of friends started with a bet that whoever could go the longest without shaving their mustache would win a breakfast burrito.
“It kind of had a decline in the ’90s,” Stevens said of the ‘stache. “Only the brave had a mustache then. We wanted to honor that tradition.”
The contest caught on, and has traveled with Stevens to Boulder, except that now Stevens and his 21 loyal followers do it for pledges to support the Huntington’s Disease Society of America â a national nonprofit group that promotes research into the degenerative brain disorder.
Jon Sola, 33, of Parker, won this year’s Classic with a thin mustache that grew from his lips to his ears.
Sola said his wife’s family has a history of Huntington’s disease, and sporting the extra hair for a month was all in the name of fun, charity and bravery.
“You’ve got to not care about what anyone thinks when you walk out of the house,” he said.
Sola’s “master mustache” was judged on six categories: size, creativity, upper lip coverage, natural discoloration, spottiness and repulsiveness.
Organizers are planning to host the event again next year. For more information, visit http://sites.google.com/site/thetomselleckclassic.