Johnny Dark Production Notes Found! And Why They Are Important For Forgotten Fiberglass Enthusiasts

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Hi Gang… If you love the vintage fiberglass cars of the early ‘50s – the 1954 movie “Johnny Dark” is for you.  It has everything a car guy would want in “car guy” movie: Sports car races – one actual … Continue reading

“Car Buff Tony Curtis Pitches For Toledo Premier of ‘Johnny Dark’ (Toledo Blade Newspaper, November 22nd, 1953)

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Hi Gang… Ah….the “smoking gun.” Isn’t that what we’re always looking for?  For me, the “smoking gun” has always been getting Tony Curtis’ detailed thoughts on the movie Johnny Dark – at the time the movie was filmed.  And that’s…..what I … Continue reading

Extra…Extra…Read All About It!!! World Premier of Johnny Dark Hits Toledo Ohio (June 16th, 1954)

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Hi Gang… Holy Toledo! What made this city “ground zero” for the debut of the fantastic film that starred forgotten fiberglass sports cars of the fifties?  I think we may have finally figured this out, but it took meeting automotive … Continue reading

The Grantham Stardust – “Hollywood Traffic Stopper” – Motor Trend, September 1953

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Hi Gang… Here’s one of my favorite cars of all time – the Grantham Stardust – built and sold by William “Bill” Grantham, and designed by Frank Evans in late 1952 / early 1953.  Over the past few years, I’ve … Continue reading

Collectibles From the Movie “Johnny Dark” – Lobby Cards

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Hi Gang… As most of you know, the movie “Johnny Dark” is an important piece of history for fiberglass cars of the 1950’s.  After all, Universal Studios featured several fiberglass sports cars in the movie which included: Woodill Wildfire Victress … Continue reading

The Johnny Dark Victress S1 Roadster: Part 3: The Story of Mack Hellings, Virgil Rice and Bob Stelling

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Note: This is the final installment of  a 3 part series of articles on the Johnny Dark Victress, Virgil Rice, Mack Hellings, Bob Stelling, the Hellings Company, and Stelling and Hellings.  Here are links to the other parts of the story: … Continue reading

The Johnny Dark Victress S1 Roadster: Part 2: Movie Talk

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Note: This is the second installment of  a 3 part series of articles on the Johnny Dark Victress, Virgil Rice, Mack Hellings, Bob Stelling, the Hellings Company, and Stelling and Hellings.  Here are links to the other parts of the story: … Continue reading

The Johnny Dark Victress S1 Roadster: Part 1: “Pretty Enough To Be A Movie Star”

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Note: This is the first installment of  a 3 part series of articles on the Johnny Dark Victress, Virgil Rice, Mack Hellings, Bob Stelling, the Hellings Company, and Stelling and Hellings.  Here are links to the other parts of the story: Click … Continue reading

And Now For Something…….Completely Different: The Dangers of Driving a Fiberglass Sports Car in the 1950’s

Hi Gang…  I know the automotive world is not all fiberglass.  However, there are times when some of you…. or some of me…. will want to share something – not related to the fiberglass genre in any way.   In this spirit, … Continue reading

Honoring Chuck Tatum – Iwo Jima Veteran and “The Cars of Johnny Dark”

Hi Gang… In honor of the HBO Miniseries honoring those who fought in WWII – “The Pacific” – which just came to a close, I thought this might be a good time to discuss my good friend Chuck Tatum – … Continue reading

Build a Woodill Wildfire Sports Car – in 4 hours or less (lunch break included!!!)

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Art Baker Introducing Segment on Building a Woodill Wildfire in 1955 Hi Gang.. Many of you have seen this video when I sent it via e-mail as a link last year.  But… there are so many newcomers to our Forgotten Fiberglass … Continue reading

Eric Irwin and his Lancer(s) – One of the First Production Fiberglass Sports Cars

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Hi Gang… You’ll see in books and you’ll read on our website, time and time again….something like this: “The first 4 fiberglass production cars were introduced to the American public during the Petersen Motorama at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in November, … Continue reading

Now Showing!!! Johnny Dark, 1954 (Universal Studios) Fabulous Fiberglass Film

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Hi Gang… Think back to 1953… a time when if you wanted your own American sports car, you had to build it.  Yes…the Corvette was coming out the same year and just a few hundred would be available to the public.  So … Continue reading

Skorpion vs Kaiser Darrin – Torrey Pines Road Race November 1954

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Hi Gang… As promised….a story a day for 2 weeks….then Rick and I are going on another cross-country road trip to save a number of fiberglass relics.  I think Robert Frost once wrote about vintage fiberglass cars and the act of saving them…..”miles to … Continue reading

Vintage Glass On The Dry Lakes – and More (Glasspar, Victress, Allied, and More)

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Hi Gang… Thanks to Alan Emory who owns one of the neatest Victress S1A’s out there, we have found more video (color film) of vintage fiberglass cars racing at the dry lakes in the 1950’s.  There are even a few … Continue reading

The “Rise” of the The Lost Motor Trend Victress

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Hi Gang… Back in August 2009, Guy Dirkin was preping his Victress for the beginnings of a long and arduous restoration.  He has been dedicated to documenting each step of the process including some video of separating the body and … Continue reading