Saving an Almquist Sabre – A Trip Through Time With Clark Mitchell and the ‘Macaroni Monza’ – November, 2012

Hi Gang… We’re building a community….a “fiberglass community” that is. Several years ago I had the honor of meeting a gaggle of ‘glass guys from the Northeast Jack Woolridge, Bill Jackson, and Roger Adam – spearheaded by Clark Mitchell.  Most … Continue reading

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The Great New Devin Junior – Gas Engine Powered Miniature Sports Car

Hi Gang… There’s not many of these Devin Jr’s around, and what fun it would be to have a miniature of your favorite fiberglass car – in this case a Devin – zooming around your home, garage, and family. Zoom … Continue reading

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“Glass on the Grass” – Devin, Glasspar, Byers, And Almquist Appear Across the Land!

Hi Gang… Blame the title of this story on good friend Jon Greuel – founder of LaDawri.com and LaDawri Coachcraft celebrateur.  He’s returning from nearly a year overseas in the military and wrote in: “Geoff….any ‘glass on the grass’ that … Continue reading

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An Analysis of Four Years of Fiber Ads: The “Directory” of Sports Cars Illustrated 1958 – 1961

Hi Gang… Sports Cars Illustrated published annual “Directories” from 1958 thru 1961.  In the summer of 1961, they changed their name to “Car and Driver” and ceased publication of annual directories from that point forward.  But the “Directories” spanning 4 … Continue reading

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American Enterprises and The Birth of Clearfield Plastics: The Clearfield Progress Newspaper – April 27, 1954

Hi Gang… Here at Forgotten Fiberglass we are always looking for “the smoking gun” – the “Rosetta Stone” that will allow us to peer into the past with perfect accuracy and understand the history of a company like never before.  … Continue reading

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In ’58 It’s Great! Ten Fiberglass Cars Reviewed: 1958 Sports Car Illustrated Directory

Hi Gang… Sports Car Illustrated started out with their first issue in July of ’55 and met with great success.  One year later they released a special edition (one issue only) titled “International Auto Salon.”  While I’m still researching if … Continue reading

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Ed Almquist, Motorhead, Inventor And Pioneer: By Donna Kessler, Times Herald-Record Newspaper

Hi Gang… What a great group of folks we have here at Forgotten Fiberglass.  I’m lucky to hear from many of you via comments on the stories and replies via e-mail.  Keep ‘em coming gang! Today’s story is a result … Continue reading

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The Birth of Clearfield Plastics: Part 2: Reply to Road & Track Magazine – October ’55

————————— Note: This is the second of three articles in a series of articles on the first brochure of Clearfield Plastics of Clearfield, Pennsylvania.  Click here to review all articles in this series. ————————— Hi Gang… Back in the ‘50s, … Continue reading

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Come One, Come All….The Fiberglass Ads of Car Craft, March 1956

Hi Gang… How did our favorite ‘glass companies get new business? Was it thru articles in magazines? Was it thru brochures? How ‘bout racing events at Bonneville and road courses? And course thru word of mouth – right? So how … Continue reading

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The Birth of Clearfield Plastics: Part 1: Reply to Road & Track Magazine – October ’55

————————— Note: This is the first of three articles in a series of articles on the first brochure of Clearfield Plastics of Clearfield, Pennsylvania.  Click here to review all articles in this series. ————————— Hi Gang… Back in the ‘50s, … Continue reading

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BMC Singer, Vaughan Singer Glasspar, And American Enterprises – So Much So New in ‘52

Hi Gang… Imagine how excited the automotive world was with the introduction of fiberglass sports cars at the November ’51 Petersen Motorama.  And by the Fall of ’52 – nearly one year later – enthusiasts and entrepreneurs across the country … Continue reading

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The Glassmakers 1960: Part 5: Almquist Engineering – (Sportscar Graphic: May-June 1960)

————– Note:  This is the fifth and final article in a series of articles here at Forgotten Fiberglass that showcase a story called “The Glassmakers 1960” published in Sportscar Graphic in May-June 1960.  In this 1960 article, Almquist, Devin, Kellison, LaDawri, and Victress were … Continue reading

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The Glassmakers 1960: Part 1: Devin – (Sportscar Graphic, May-June 1960)

————– Note:  This is the first in a series of articles here at Forgotten Fiberglass that showcase a story called “The Glassmakers 1960” published in Sportscar Graphic in May-June 1960.  In this article, Almquist, Devin, Kellison, LaDawri, and Victress were … Continue reading

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The Cars of the Milwaukee Masterpiece: Clark Mitchell’s “Almquist Sportster”

Hi Gang… As promised earlier, I’ll show “more” and talk “less” about each of the cars that appeared at the Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’ Elegance on August 28th, 2011.  Click here to read more about the success of vintage ‘glass … Continue reading

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The 1959 Almquist El-Morocco – “Only $29.27 a Month Puts You In a New Custom Sports Car!”

Hi Gang… “Treat yourself to the terrific pride, prestige and satisfaction of owning and driving a high-spirited, Custom El-Morocco sports car.  You will experience a new concept of driving…a new way of life!” That’s the summary shown on the Almquist … Continue reading

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