Overview of Research: Geoff Hacker with Rick D’Louhy


Richard Russel of Victress

  It all began when Richard Russell (Victress) decided it was best to return a phone call to me…..

Stories  Links Description
Overview

 

  • Jalopy Journal
This is a recent introduction put together for the Jalopy Journal Website.  It contains many of the links below, but is a nice summary to many of the projects and research conducted in recent years.
Here’s a story about some crazy guy in Tampa Florida
Here’s a link that when you click, shows the latest and complete listing of stories on the Jalopy Journal
Here’s a link that when you click, shows the latest and complete listing of stories that appeared in Hemmings Online .  When you get to the bottom of the page, click the words “Older Entries” to see previous stories.
Here’s a recentl link from Hemmings Online which shows, in pictures, my life with cars
This a link to the website on vintage fiberglass cars maintained with Jon Greuel and Rick D’Louhy
This is a link to information about the “Forgotten Fiberglass” book in the process of being written with Rick D’Louhy
  • YouTube Videos                                          
Here is a companion website on “YouTube” that shows some of the old film of these cars being built as well as some of the recent video taken at shows and of builders of these cars as well
Covington Tiburon and Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance 2008 Here are articles and information related to the Covington Tiburon or “Shark”
Gougeon Streamliner   Here’s are links with stories about the Gougeon Streamliner
Trip Across Across the USA
Summer 2008
In the summer of 2008, Hemmings Online covered the journey across the USA visiting original family and builders of fiberglass sports cars from the 1950’s.
Kit Car Magazine Articles:
2007-2008
Harold Pace featured a number of articles on vintage fiberglass cars and related subjects in 2007-2008
Byers CR90 Article Story in Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car by Jim Donnelly about the Byers CR90
Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance, 2007     The Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance in March 2007 featured a class of vintage fiberglass cars
The Dawe’s Family Brings Home New LaDawri – 40 Years Later Article on return of a LaDawri Conquest to the Dawes family – builder and designer of the car in the 1950′s.
Glasspar Mameco Ardun Special (Bill Tritt Racecar) Finding the lost Glasspar Mameco Ardun Special
Palo Alto Concours d’ Elegance, June 2008 The Palo Alto Concours d’ Elegance in June 2008 featured a class of vintage fiberglass cars
Cheetah Transporter – also known as the “Moon Transporter”

 
Here are links to stories about the Cheetah Transporter – also known as the “Dean Moon Transporter”
Bill Stroppe’s Last Racecar: Bearcage (protype for Bill Thomas Cheetah) Here’s a story about a car that was the inspiration for the Bill Thomas/Don Edmunds Cheetah which was created months after Don Edmunds built this car for Bill Stroppe
1947 Kurtis Omohundro Comet and Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance 2009 Motor Trend covered the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2009 and showed a picture and short review of the 1947 Kurtis Omohundro which debuted at the event in 2009  There’s also an article about Amelia and contains a short piece on the Kurtis…the article is 3 pages long so be sure to review each one.  The Kurtis Omohundro appears on page 2Sports Car Digest also did an overview of the cars that won awards at Amelia in 2009 and the Kurtis Omohundro is shown on the following website as wellHemmings covered the event as well and the Conceptcarz.com  and Supercars.net (click on the “next” button to see several pictures…) websites too.
Petersen Automotive Museum “California Design Exhibit”
(2009-2010)
Here are two articles and publications  promoting the 6 month exhibit (June 2009 thru February 2010) at the Petersen called “California Car Design: Local Style, Global Influence”discussing the exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum featuring the 1947 Kurtis Omohundro Comet
Tribute:
The 1946 Bill Burke Belly Tank Streamliner – World’s First Belly Tank

 

1946 Bill Burke Belly Tank – World’s First Belly Tank Streamliner.  Here’s a summary of links on the internet about the belly tank.   These are the stories covered by Hemmings in the last few months as well as the builders – Creative Motion Concepts and some YouTube videos as well.  This shows the progression from when we started the belly tank project, it’s arrival and showing at Bonneville, and it’s final stop on the journey at the NHRA Museum in Pomona California.
Story From Austria Story from Austria about Fiberglass Farms
Story From Germany Story from Germany about Fiberglass Farms
Jalopy Journal December 2009 Coverage of Huth Custom Cadillac Here’s a story about one of the early Sports Custom cars - the “Huth Custom Cadillac”.  It is one of the earliest known and documented, and is a story of the car and its history.  We’re still looking for this car too, and hope it has survived.
Hemmings Coverage of Quest for Vale, Savage, and Rockefeller Yankee Cars Article by Daniel Strohl of Hemmings helping locate missing cars
World’s First Documentation/Stories on American Custom/Coachbuilt Cars of the 1940′s and 1950′s  Article by Harold Pace concerning research and story on Dan Post – First documentation of Customs built in America
1952 Maverick Sportster Find and Restoration Two great websites that covered the Maverick Sportster and restoration of one that began in early 2010
Rodder’s Journal Article on World’s First Hot Rod Magazine Article by Thom Taylor about first Hot Rod magazine in print in USA – 1941.
Book: Collection of Strother MacMinn Hot Rod and Custom Photos (2009) Book about Strother MacMinn’s early photography of Custom and Hot Rod cars (ca. 1947)
Petersen Museum: Fantasies in Fiberglass Exhibit (February thru August 2010)    This exhibition will be held in 2010 at the Petersen Automotive Museum and features fiberglass cars from the 1950′s including a Skorpion, Woodill Wildfire (Series 1), Maverick Sportster, Atlas/Allied Swallow Coupe, Sorrell, Hansen Cobra, Volvo P1900 (Tritt from Glasspar designed), Devin SS, Covington Tiburon, and others as well.
Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance: March 2010Forgotten Fiberglass Class debuts The Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance will feature a “Forgotten Fiberglass” Class of cars in March 2010 to include a Glasspar G2, Meteor SR1, Byers SR100, Devin, Victress S1A, Atlas/Allied Swallow Coupe, Bocar, Almquist, and more.
Website Reviews Forgotten Fiberglass website reviewed with other websites in article
Old Autos (Canada) A Canadian Newspaper for the Auto Enthusiast.  Article written by Perry Zavitz and covers various fiberglass cars from the 1950′s and more.
Corvette in the Barn
(Tom Cotter): Fall 2010 Publication
Published in September 2010, Tom Cotter’s book contains 3 chapters reviewing fiberglass cars and the “search for fiberglass” as follows:

  • “The Snipe Hunter”
  • “The Belly Tank Tribute”
  • “The Lost Victress S1A Special”
Margaret Woosley and the fiberglass Allard Clipper The Magazine of the Register of Unusual Microcars
North American Singer Owner’s Club (NASOC)  Article on the Jules Heuman Singer Special
Old Autos (Canada) A Canadian Newspaper for the Auto Enthusiast.  Article written by Perry Zavitz focusing on Canada’s first post-war sports car – the LaDawri Conquest (and other LaDawri’s.
Styling Exercise
Bill Stroppe’s Race Car
Sport Custom Article First article on Sport Customs since an article about the same topic appeared in Special Interest Autos in 1977.  Great article by John Gunnell
Finding Missing Eric Irwin Lancer
Steve Steers Victress S1A

 

 


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Overview of Research: Geoff Hacker with Rick D’Louhy — 2 Comments

  1. In 1953 I built a car similar to the one In Hop Up mag. I used a 1932 Plymouth frame with
    a 1948 dodge 6 cylinder engine ,a 37 ply. front axle, 37 Desota overdrive transmission
    The engine was set back 30 inches from stock. I never did finish the body. It only weighed
    1400 lbs , even with dodge engine it did 0 to 60 in about 6 seconds. I belonged to the
    Gear grinder club,and ran cars at the lakes In from 1968 to 1680. 19th in points in 1970.

    • In 1953 I built a car similar to the one In Hop Up mag. I used a 1932 Plymouth frame with
      a 1948 dodge 6 cylinder engine ,a 37 ply. front axle, 37 Desota overdrive transmission
      The engine was set back 30 inches from stock. I never did finish the body. It only weighed
      1400 lbs , even with dodge engine it did 0 to 60 in about 6 seconds. I belonged to the
      Gear grinder club,and ran cars at the lakes In from 1968 to 1680. 19th in points in 1970

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