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Fork Tailed Devils

on July 24th, 2014

(Maybe my favorite fins of all time on the 1959 Caddie El Dorado with space-alien brake lights. Nothing says “America will land on the Moon!” better than these). Detroit’s infatuation with the tailfin is directly attributable to the War. I don’t have to get any more detailed than this- Dad did two renderings of possible [...]

The Tangerine-Flake Baby

on July 23rd, 2014

Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night? – Jakc Kerouac, in “On the Road” (The real Tangerine Flake Baby, as created by Kalifornia Kustom auto madman Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Seeing this car, and talking to Roth, gave New Journalist Tom Wolfe the inspiration to publish his first collection of essays [...]

Advanced Projects

on July 22nd, 2014

Here is something like the Model A in which Dad drove Mom out to Detroit in 1948 to start their new lives in the Motor City’s rip-roaring auto industry. It was used, of course, having been husbanded by someone through the gas rationing and rubber shortage of the war years. Look at how the design [...]