When I first saw hints of the Hurricane Sports Car by Sports Car Engineering, I called good friend Harold Pace and said “tell me it isn’t so Harold!” What a great design – a bit “off” but distinctive in so many ways. I wondered out loud if they made any.
Harold Pace, my mentor and inspiration for so many things “fiberglass” calmed me down and said, “Geoff….they made at least one…I have a photo of it that appeared in advertising.” So…the hunt was on for more information.
Today’s article is a result of magazine historian and consummate car guy Tony St. Clair who sent this article to my attention and also posted it on his website / blog “Deadly Curves.” Click here to review Tony’s website and some pretty cool articles.
A New Bolt On Sports Car Body
Motor Life: April, 1958
One of the newest bolt-on body kits to be offered the sports car enthusiast is the Hurricane, a neat streamlined design developed and built by Sports Car Engineering, Inc., of Los Angeles. Clean and distinctive in appearance, the Hurricane is the culmination of about 10 years of close association to racing and the sports car field by Bud Goodwin, the enthusiastic president of the above firm.
Knowing that backyard car builders often have a difficult time assembling their kits, Goodwin with his molded fiberglass bodies has come up with a design that is unique in that reinforced struts in the form of tubing is laminated into the body and is an integral part of the shell.
With this tubing left longer than necessary, it can be cut and then welded to the customer’s chassis, regardless of what make or model it is. Detachable bodies can be easily made by fixing flat plates onto the ends of the body tubing; these plates can then be bolted to the chassis.
This simplifies the formerly complicated process of body mounting. Besides the new Hurricane, which is available in both two and four passenger sizes, this firm offers a Spyder with slightly different styling, a rugged box section chassis completely assembled for street use, and a tubular chassis for racing.
They also build many fiberglass accessories, including bucket seats, headrests, air scoops, and the like. The firm also has a new plant in Mexico. The address: Florencia 57, Mexico City DF.
Thoughts on the Article:
Mexico? That’s a new one on me and will push me to research some new pathways here. But seeing Bud Goodwin’s name in print is added confirmation of his history prior to his starting FiberFab years later. It’s really neat to see this confirmation to interviews we’ve conducted with folks knowledgeable about Sports Car Engineering and Bud Goodwin, and helps nail down the early years of Goodwin and what he accomplished before starting Fiberfab in the 1960s.
It’s also interesting to see the added “tailfin option” for just $60 bucks. And…anyone else notice how similar the Spyder body looks to the Dick Williams Special? By the way…the “Spyder” is the newer name for the “Mistral” which previously was sold in 1956/1956 by Bud Goodwin.
And some added news for those of you who read this far. I recently found more information and the Hurricane and a Hurricane Sports car body too. So much to share in all things fiberglass….so little time in each day to do it 😉
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…
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