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

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

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

The Glassmakers 1960: Part 4: Victress Manufacturing – (Sportscar Graphic: May-June 1960)

————– Note:  This is the fourth 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 showcased.  We have … Continue reading

The Dick Foster Victress S1A Special – An Original Owner and Car Reunited: Part 2

——————————- Note:  This is the second of a three-part story on the Dick Foster Victress Special.  Click here to review all parts of the story. ——————————- Hi Gang… How did I find the Dick Foster Victress Special and get it home?  … Continue reading

The Dick Foster Victress S1A Special – An Original Owner and Car Reunited: Part 1

——————————- Note:  This is the first of a three-part story on the Dick Foster Victress Special.  Click here to review all parts of the story. ——————————- Hi Gang… Here’s your “Forgotten Fiberglass” question for the day: How many people who built a … Continue reading

Designs That Influenced The Styling Of The Victress S1 And Glasspar G2: Part 3 – The 1939 BMW 328 Mille Miglia “Buegelfalte” Roadster

Here’s A Side By Side Comparison of All Cars In Our Story. You Can See The Strikingly Similar Lines of The Victress S1 When Compared to the 1939 BMW Buegelfalte Roadster. Note: This is the third installment of a 3 part … Continue reading

Designs That Influenced The Styling Of The Victress S1 And Glasspar G2: Part 2 – The 1939/1940 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster

Note:  This is the second installment of a 3 part series of articles on “Designs That Influenced The Styling Of The Victress S1 And Glasspar G2.”  Here are links to the other parts of the story: Click Here to Read Part … Continue reading

Automodello Introduces 1:43 Scale Victress in Summer 2011 – Pre-Order Yours Today!

Hi Gang… As you know by now, our big event for this year will be a “Fabulous Fiberglass” Category at the Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’Elegance held in August 2011.  “Forgotten Fiberglass” cars that are tentatively scheduled to appear include: Geoff … Continue reading

Jerry Sutton’s Victress C3 – Feature Car – Hot Rod Magazine July 1960

Note: 3/28/2011 I’ve just published another story on Jerry Sutton and his Victress C3.  Click here to review the story on Jerry Sutton’s Victress C3 Coupe. —————————————- Hi Gang… I love magazines that featured our favorite fiberglass sports cars – … Continue reading

Let’s Design a LaDawri Castillian – and Maybe a Victress C3 Too! The Talented Designs of Keith Kaucher

Hi Gang… Building a fiberglass sports car early in one’s life usually has long-term implications.  That’s what happened to Keith Kaucher when he first came across a LaDawri Castillian in shop class in the late 1970’s, and ultimately resulted in … Continue reading

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

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 1: “Pretty Enough To Be A Movie Star”

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

Victress Goes Public! Floyd Clymer’s “How to Build a Fiberglass Car” Book, (1954) Back in Print (and much more too…)

Hi gang… Well…. it’s starting to happen.  More people are noticing the “Forgotten Fiberglass” cars of the 1950’s and they’re doing something about it.  More museums are recognizing these cars for exhibits.  More Concours d’Elegance events are creating classes around … Continue reading