Sig Monson’s Award Winning Hemi Powered Glasspar G2: MoPar Parts ‘n People, 1954

Hi Gang… Back in 1952, Sig Monson – already a custom car builder, hands-on automotive man, and automotive dealership owner – was one of the individuals who read about the new fiberglass bodied sports car trend.   But…being that he … Continue reading

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A Glasspar and a Woodill Revealed: The 1954 Torrey Pines Road Race Program

Hi Gang… Investigating modern “finds” of Glasspar G2s and Woodill Wildfires means knowing the “lay of the land” for who built what, where, when and why.  And magazines aren’t the only clue to some of the lost history of years … Continue reading

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1954 Custom Cars Trend Book Annual – Part 2: The Brooks Boxer & The Glasspar G2 Sports Car

Note:  This is the second in a series of stories about the fiberglass sports cars that appeared in the 1954 Custom Cars book by Motor Trend.  Click here to review each of these stories on Forgotten Fiberglass. ————————– Hi Gang… In … Continue reading

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The Postwar “Do-It-Yourself” Phenomenon…How & Why People Built Their Own Sports Cars

Hi Gang… I like to go the extra mile – confirm beyond a reasonable doubt what we’ve heard time after time and have long accepted as fact.  Too long, sometimes. The story of postwar sports cars always starts with American … Continue reading

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The Glasspar G2 Sports Car – Made With Naugatuck Chemical’s Vibrin Resin: U.S. Rubber Magazine, April 1952

Hi Gang… More great fiber news! Thanks to the efforts of Bill Sigworth, retired Chemtura executive (legacy company from Naugatuck Chemical / U.S. Rubber days) and Ann Harmon, expert Chemtura Librarian, we now have excellent scans of the U.S. Rubber … Continue reading

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Disneyland’s Autopia: Famous Fiberglass of the 50’s – Glasspar, Mameco, Bob Gurr, and More!

Hi Gang… Haven’t we all been to “mecca” as children and driven sports cars before the age of nine? Opps…I mean haven’t we all been to “Disneyland” and driven “Autopia” cars during our childhood, young adulthood, or later?  If this … Continue reading

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Fiberglass Buyers Guide (Car Craft, March 1956): Part 10 – The Glasspar G2 Roadster

Hi Gang… This is our tenth in a series of “spotlights” on sections of a Buyer’s Guide for fiberglass sports cars published by Car Craft in March, 1956.  Click on the link below to review all fiberglass cars discussed in … Continue reading

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International Success – of Fiberglass Sports Cars! Part 1: The Glasspar G2

———– Motor Trend Magazine was so impressed by the success of fiberglass sports cars and the excitement over them that by late ’53 they featured a 6 page article featuring 7 different fiberglass cars you could purchase or build yourself.  They … Continue reading

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John Bond From Road & Track Shares: “How To Build A Fiberglass Body…” January, 1953

Hi Gang… This article was a very important article for John Bond – new owner of Road and Track Magazine as of November 1952 – just three months prior to this article’s publication.  How could I know this article was … 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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State of the Fiberglass Industry: Motor Life, July 1956

Hi Gang… I love the “overview” articles sprinkled throughout the automobile enthusiast magazines in the ‘50s.  They give us a good view of the industry at a point in time – as seen thru the authors of the era.  For … Continue reading

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Fiberglass State of the Industry – 1953: Hop Up Magazine, April 1953

Hi Gang… What a long article this is – but worth the read in every way 🙂 I’ve been putting off sharing this article with you not because it wasn’t important – it is.  The article was printed just after a … Continue reading

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Disneyland’s Autopia Ride – A “Fiberfest” Extravaganza!: Road & Track, September 1955

Hi Gang… This is the first in a series of articles on the design, construction, build, and creation of the sports car ride at Disneyworld – known by all as “Autopia” which opened in July 1955. When Walt Disney began … Continue reading

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The Mota Glasspar G2 Electric Car – “A Prototype Car Of The Future”

Hi Gang… This is another of a multi-part story on the “Mota” electric car by Banning Electrical Products Corporation of New York.  Click here to review the first part of the story on the “Mota” Glasspar Electric Car. We shared … Continue reading

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The Carl Macauley Glasspar G2 – “Lost” Cover Car Of Road & Track, January 1953

Hi Gang… Who were the “rock stars” of the automotive world in the early 1950’s? Fiberglass sports cars, of course, and they appeared on cover after cover of major American car magazines.  Rick D’Louhy and I are still “counting covers” and we’re approaching … Continue reading

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The “Cliff-Diving” Glasspar G2 Body: Look Magazine (November 3rd, 1953)

Hi Gang… Cliff-diving Glasspar G2 body???  Who would have done such a thing?  Why do such a demonstration? I heard rumors of an article showing Glasspar G2 bodies being tossed off a cliff for years – but I never could … Continue reading

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