FORGOTTEN FIBERGLASS VISION STATEMENT
“Preserving the History and Integrity of the Handcrafted Automotive Marques of the 40’s, 50’s and Beyond”
The History of Forgotten Fiberglass
The beginnings of Forgotten Fiberglass started on August 4th, 1980 when 18 year old Geoff Hacker (with his 9 year old younger brother Jon in tow) purchased a long lost fiberglass car called a “Shark.” Rick D’Louhy recognized the history of the car for sale and unsolicited, asked the original owner if he could get in contact with the buyer and share with him the background of his newly purchased fiberglass car.
This selfless act of Rick’s began a 30+ year friendship between fiberglass fanatics Geoff Hacker and Rick D’Louhy, both of Florida. In turn, this friendship has led to the humble beginnings of Forgotten Fiberglass in 2006 and the quest to document, save, share, and celebrate the history of fiberglass cars across the world.
The theme of Forgotten Fiberglass, inspired by Rick’s sharing of the history of the “Shark” with Geoff back in 1980, continues to guide our research and actions in every way, and help car owners connect with the history of their vintage fiberglass cars. And in the past few years, this has expanded to include the story of all handcrafted cars of the postwar era including those made from steel and aluminum too.
Supporting The Forgotten Fiberglass Vision:
A big part of what we do here at Forgotten Fiberglass is work toward completing a historical documentation of handcrafted cars. We do this through research, discovery, and interviews with the founders of these companies (where possible), and the families, friends, and employees that were associated with these cars and companies from the 1950’s and beyond.
This interest was expanded to include a presence on the internet in 2008 (http://www.forgottenfiberglass.com/), and a multi-year project which will result in a two-volume book titled “Forgotten Fiberglass” (Volume 1: 1951-1956; Volume 2: 1956-1965).
During this time, Geoff and Rick have also enhanced public knowledge of these cars thru their support of handcrafted automobiles exhibitions across the country which include:
* 2007 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance: Fiberglass Sports Cars
* 2008 Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance: Forgotten Fiberglass
* 2009 Petersen Automobile Museum: California Car Design
* 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance: Forgotten Fiberglass
* 2010 Petersen Automobile Museum: Fantasies in Fiberglass
* 2011 Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’Elegance: Fabulous Fiberglass
* 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: Sport Customs – Handcrafted Automobiles
* 2012 Salisbury Concours d’Elegance: Forgotten Fiberglass
* 2013 Hemmings Concours d’Elegance: American Fiberglass Specials of the ’50s
* 2013 Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’Elegance: Handcrafted Specials – this was the first time that a class of handcrafted specials was the feature class for the entire event (see poster and concours program cover at left showing 1947 Kurtis-Omohundro Comet)
And in 2015, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is again welcoming a class of handcrafted cars to their field
Magazine articles written to support this vision include:
Books written to support this vision include:
The Forgotten Fiberglass Contributors:
Forgotten Fiberglass is much larger than just two car guys. Many people have been key in providing on-going support and help with research, strategy, and historical documentation in every way.
In addition to these activities, we at Forgotten Fiberglass have promoted the history of handcrafted car marques of the 1940’s, 1950’s and beyond in hopes of securing an accurate and complete history of their companies in the automotive record. By doing so, we are working to ensure that these cars are remembered, as well as their designers, founders, and employees, by car enthusiasts across the world.
It’s these same folks and their cars which had an impact not only on American car design, but also American Car Culture. Through their dedication, vision, efforts, and success, these young American men and their magnificent fiberglass automobiles demonstrated that designing, building, driving, and experiencing a sports car of your own creation was possible. Nothing stood in front of them achieving their dreams.
Glass on gang!