Alden Jewell’s dedication for collecting automotive history and literature isn’t a recent endeavor – he’s been doing it all his life. And I couldn’t have been more excited to meet him when good friend Bob Cunningham made the introduction several years back.
For not only have I made an excellent friend – which is the best part of this hobby. I’ve continued to learn far more than I could have imagined from Alden’s collection of automotive history not just in our niche area of limited production sports cars but into all areas of automotivedom…(is that a word?)
Today’s article focuses on two newspaper/magazine clippings about the 1952 Vale sports car – clippings Alden did back in the day in 1953. Let’s see what each had to say.
Another Glass-Fiber Body – It Mounts on the MG Chassis
Popular Mechanics: March 1953
Even the MG has been dolled up in a sleek, streamlined suit of glass fiber. Weighing only 107 pounds, the new body attaches directly to a standard MG chassis. The only major change involved is in the wheels – 15 inch wheels are used on the plastic model to lower the car’s appearance.
Because it completely hides the MG “personality,” the body will most likely start a violent controversy among MG owners. Bumper and windshield are easily detached for road racing. Fins run along the top of each rear fender. No changes were made in the instrument panel.
The bodies are in limited production in California at present.
San Jose Mercury News: 1953
Vale Wright of Berkeley built the car pictured above and will display it at the third annual Autorama Auto Show starting Thursday night at the County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall. The car has a fiberglass body and an MG chassis and is capable of 137 miles per hour. The Autorama will run through Sunday night.
So…we have some great new features showing the Vale and the tension mounts as good friend Marshall Foxworthy – great fiber adversary and friend – and I continue our dedicated search on locating one of these fibergems from yesteryear.
Who will be the first to find the missing 1952 Vale? Marshall, Geoff, or you? As long as we find one out there….all of us are winners in the history of fiberglass sports cars.
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…