Fiberglass Farms has been around for nearly a decade. Wow! That’s longer than I would have guessed 🙂
It started out small but has steadily grown as Rick D’Louhy and I have picked up the pace in saving cars across America – and some from Canada too. Over the years we have pulled cars from “The Farms” and cued them up for restoration – which has been our plan from the start. In fact if we are successful, “The Farms” will only be around for a few years, so we have to enjoy it while we can.
Three years ago we pulled my Shark from the Farm and put it on the restoration path, and ultimately debuted our finished effort at the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Below are photos of the Shark before and after restoration and a video.
Two years ago we pulled our 1953 Maverick Sportster (1 of 2 we have) from the Farms and its well on the way to being finished late this year or early 2016. But I still like to think of Fiberglass Farms in how we characterized it in the stories below:
Fiberglass Farms First Annual Pre-Amelia Tour
In the past we have given small tours and shared photos of Fiberglass Farms with all of you. And…. as the years have passed more folks have wanted to check out the one-off, limited production, show cars, concept cars and other rare automobiles we have stored in this remote location. So this year, we pulled out all the stops and arranged a tour of about 30 folks on the Friday before Amelia.
Most of us met at my home – a place I call the “Glass House” – to begin the tour. And we had visitors who stayed with me this year – all who arrived to participate at Amelia on Sunday March 15th, 2015. Ten of them. It was a full house!
Folks started arriving around 9am and we toured through some of the vehicles that are stored at my house – and recent arrivals too. Coincidently, our 1937 Gougeon Streamliner had just returned from the final chassis and mechanical/exhaust work and was readily available for review – a neat thing for most of those who attended.
You can see some of the activity at my home that morning – including the Meteor which we had just picked up the day before from the paint shop and had yet to fully assemble. We had 24 hours to go before we left for Amelia with a finished Meteor SR-1…plenty of time to finish the car 🙂
And….to make it interesting, I decided it would be best to move our unrestored Shark from my home to the Farms, so we hooked up the Shark on its trailer and away we went – to Fiberglass Farms. Or as I like to say…
Down a dirt road we drive…somewhere in rural Florida….
in search of “Fiberglass Farms”
We Arrive at “The Farms”
I’ve never taken so many people out to Fiberglass Farms. I brought a bull-horn along if I needed one, but it seemed that all went well. Ten to twenty cars arrived and were parked throughout the area. RV’s, trailers and more – I think the quiet neighborhood back in the forest may never be the same.
I opened up the gate and let people stroll around and look at the cars that interested them. And after about 30 minutes, we gathered them around for a talk by Merrill Powell from Victress which I kicked off the introduction. You can see this below
Let’s check out some of the photos from the tour that day:
Group Photo – The Forgotten Fiberglass Aficionados!
What visit doesn’t come with a group photo? At the end of the tour we gathered most of those left and took a shot. And then we asked them to do something special – something each of you have seen before…
Fiberglass Farms is just one of several facilities we maintain or have partnerships with. Collectively we refer to these as our “Fiberglass Forest.” You can learn more about these by clicking the link below.
Hope you enjoyed the story, and remember gang…
The adventure continues here at Forgotten Fiberglass.
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