One of my favorite stories and cars of the 50s was a Glasspar G2 built by Don Cook. Erich Schultz first introduced me to this story and the detail that appeared in Hot Rod in April, 1953. You can read about this story – we shared it here on Forgotten Fiberglass back in 2011:
And…as I mentioned in the story back then we were looking then – and now – for the Don Cook Glasspar. Well…we still haven’t found it but….thanks to the keen research and work by Rodney Packwood, we found something even more special – Don Cook himself. All I can say is “Wow!”
It turns out that Don and his father built the car together and went to races across California in the 1953-1956 era and beyond. And the photos and film he has kept and is now sharing with us is nothing less than spectacular.
To give you a peek at some of the items that have been carefully retained by Don and his family, I’ll share two photos with you today. One is the cleanest photo I’ve seen of the famous scene of Glasspar G2’s in front of the Glasspar Corporate office. This is the exact photo that was used in their 1953 brochure. See below:
And thanks to the clarity of these photos, we can now identify that the car – third from the left – is the Don Cook Glasspar. We’re in the process of identifying the remaining cars in this photo. (Note…we’re sharing good versions of the photos here in today’s story. The full high-resolution scans are too large to share on the web, but will look great in a book).
And the other photo is a bonus – a side view of the same cars taken at the same time. This is the first time I’ve seen this photo – what a treat it was to see – peering back into history:
Thanks to the efforts of Rodney Packwood – Glasspar historian extraordinaire we now have found Don Cook and have a new body or information to add to the history and times of a great movement in America – building your own sports car. Stay tuned gang…much more to share about Don Cook, his father, and their adventure in the 1950s with Glasspar.
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…