The research we do here at Forgotten Fiberglass is certainly a collaborative effort. Recently, I saw a comment posted on our website that accompanied the following story on the CRV sports car (click here to review the story)
The comment was from Steve Tuttle and in it he shared the following:
“I Worked on CRV at Jentzen Miller Co and still have press pack.”
Harold Pace, superb historian and photojournalist, volunteered to follow-up with this post and soon met with Steve and reviewed some of the history concerning the development of the CRV sports car. And what a great opportunity it was for Harold to visit with one of the original folks who worked on this first car and built one of the neatest original designs for a sports car that we saw in the 1960s.
Steve was kind enough to pass on the press pack and publicity photos to Harold who also shared them with us today. All of these photos are new to me, and having the captions describing each of the photos is a fantastic fiberglass find. Resident CRV historian Nick Whitlow (click here to visit Nick’s website on the CRV) was familiar with some of the photos but the captions were new to him too.
Let’s check out the publicity photos and captions below. And remember…click on any image below to make it appear larger on your screen.
What strikes me about the content of the publicity photos is the professionalism and quality of the job they were completing. The CRV sports car – known at this early stage as the “Cycolac ABS Research Vehicle” – was being tooled as a high quality automobile. The design of the body and the production of the cars looks top notch, and I know I would have been excited to see such an operation if I would have had the chance back in the day.
I noticed that one of the photo captions discussed the car was being readied for presentation at the 1965 Society of Automotive Engineers meeting in Detroit, Michigan. What a great thing it would be to find some of the photos from this event, and the documents that may have been shared during this meeting about this car and this project. Nick (Whitlow)….have you ever found anything from this show and event? If so, I’d love to share them here at Forgotten Fiberglass.
Finally, some of you may have noticed that the photos are numbered from 4 through 13. So I guess our research is not complete. We appear to be missing the first 3 photos and captions and perhaps some that came after #13. A quick check on the internet shows no presence of the “Holtzman-Kain Advertising Agency,” so…we’ll have to let luck play a hand again in our research. As I’ve always said, I’d rather be lucky than good 🙂
Much thanks goes to Steve Tuttle for contacting us and sharing his memories, photos, and press release packet. And…great thanks goes to Harold Pace and Nick Whitlow – both great friends who help us in every way document and share stories of these special cars whenever the need has arisen.
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…