Questions To The Editor

Questions  To  The  Editor


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Geoff Hacker, Undiscovered Classics


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Questions To The Editor — 29 Comments

  1. Hello Geoff and the UD gang…I am researching startup carmakers of the 1940s. After a search of your sight, there doesn’t seem to be many fiberglass cars out there built before the early 50s. There was R.K.Griffin’s 1949 Imp, but as far as I can see, not much else. Could the little Imp be called the first fiberglass car, or am I missing something?

    • Hi Mal….there were many more in the late 1940s, also during World War II and several in about 40 years earlier. Remember that fiberglass is just one of many ways to make a “composite” material. One of the earlier materials was hemp. A current material is carbon-fiber. The answer to your question involves many cars, many manufacturers, many concepts and is a great story to share. Hope this helps, Geoff

  2. Hello Undiscovered Classic !
    I own the Fairchild Panhard and I just saw your new post about it and the Doc Molle ! I would know if you have others photo of it ?
    Find below the link about your 3 new photos.
    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Thank you,
    JLR

    https://www.undiscoveredclassics.com/forgotten-fiberglass/forgotten-fiberglass-generations-1-2-3/generation-1-1951-to-1956/1955-2/byers-sr100-cr90/vintage-photography/frank-tift-collection/custom-bodied-fairchild-panhard/

    • Hello JL….the photos were shared by friend Frank Tifft who was a Byers employee and friend of Doc Molle. Those are the only photos I have of the car. Sadly, Frank is no longer with us. You have a great car. Is it now in Europe? Best, Geoff

  3. Hi Geoff (or whoever else might see this!)

    I’ve spent the morning reading your pieces on the Covington Shark, and absolutely fell in love with the car. I saw an autoweek piece on your shark roadster years ago, and loved it then as I do now – as a rear-engine Fiat enthusiast, I thought it would make the perfect basis for a H-modified racer.

    I noticed in one of your stories that you had molds knocked up for a new coupe shell, and was curious if you ever got around to production of either a coupe or roadster shell? Very interested in your progress, though I’m wrapping up a concours-level 850 spider that’s drawing most of my attention and budget at the moment. I’d love to start a dialog about this project in case you’re still considering production, or perhaps willing to sell one of your roadster shells? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Keep up the incredible work; you might not be reminded as frequently as you deserve to be, but you’re doing an important service documenting and preserving the history of these specials.

    Hope to hear from you soon,

    – Shaheen Merhej

    • Hi Shaheen…we’re getting ready to build two bodies next month. These will be the first pulled from the mold since the virus hit us earl y last year. I remember you called and we talked by phone. Feel free to call or e-mail me if you need more information. Best, Geoff

  4. Hello Geoff
    Christian Reichardt from SoCal.
    I haven’t seen any posts from your website over the last few month and just wanted to check in with you to make sure you are ok?
    I started looking forward to your updates about the “undiscovered classics” you dig up!

  5. Super safari; I made the original fiberglass body that went to a race in Mexico. I am the missing link in this story.give me a call 619-370-3687 in San Diego
    This goes back over 50 years hope I can help
    George Bagdasarian
    Fibertech

  6. Hi !!
    Would anyone have any latest word on the Don James “Special” out of San Bruno, CA. ?? This is my Dad’s car and I’ve been looking for it on/off for about 5 years. I’ve found no trace at all; so I’m just checking in. The last known whereabouts is when my Dad traded the car to a friend in SoCal in the early ’60’s; we drove the car down to L.A.; he made the swap; and we rode the Harley home; I was in 1st or 2nd grade. I know it’s a longshot but it would be super cool to find the car and bring it back to life.

  7. Hi, I am in so cal and I just am getting started on Wildfire 9945. Someone put a plastic wrap around (vette) windshield on it but the autction photo from the 2015 Santa Monica auction shows it with the straight windshield which I would live to find or recreate. Also, I have the original hard top fit for the straight windshield and but I want to getbuy/build/ design a frame and soft top for it.
    Anyone know who has one or can bend a frame up?
    Paul R. Pwresq@att.net

  8. Just bought this car, coming out from WA. Please help me identify the year and make! Been told it is a 1959 Ladawri, but folks on the Hamb say a Vitress S4. all and any help and identification and history will be greatly appreciated. It arrives in early December and I can wait to get starts with my 8-year-old boy on it!

    Bob

  9. Have you heard anything from anyone about my Paul E. Gibbs 1960 Almquist Special? Looks like the comments have gone silent on my original story a couple of years ago.

    Stay well. We have stayed at home all year due to the dangers of COVID. I NOW HAVE LESS THAN 60 DAYS UNTIL I WILL BE 90. DOLORES IS 88 AND IN GOOD HEALTH.

    PAUL

    • @ Doug – love to do it. Hopefully in coming years. Most new models are on hold pending economy starting up again. Thanks for your thoughts. Geoff

    • @ Jeffrey – Not all cars are mine and some stories I write are just sharing a car for sale via a link in the story. Which car / story are you asking about? Geoff

  10. YES WHEN I WAS A CHILD, BORN IN 48 MY DAD AT THE TIME WAS AN ARTIST THAT HAD IMMIGRATED FROM HOLLAND AFTER THE WAR, AND SETTLED IN WINTER HAVEN FLORIDA. HE WAS VERY TALENTED AND ONE OF MY MEMORIES OF HIM IS THAT HE WAS ALWAYS CREATING. ONE OF HIS CREATIONS WAS ,THAT HE BUILT A FIBERGLASS CAR STARTING SOMEWHERE IN 1951. I STILL HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF THIS CAR AND AS A CHILD I WAS AROUND THIS CAR MANY TIMES. I HAVE A COMPLET SET OF PICTURES OF THE CAR AND OF HIM BUILDING THE CAR FROM THE MOLD HE BUILT OF IT. MY LAST SIGHTING OF THE CAR WAS AROUND 1958. I KNOW THAT IS A LONG TIME AGO, BUT I AM WONDERING WITH THE LARGE READERSHIP YOU HAVE I MIGHT BE ABLE TOO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE VEHICLE, AND POSSIBLY IT MIGHT STILL BE ALIVE. I HAVE PICS THAT I CAN SEND IF NEEDED . A LITTLE MORE HISTORY IS THAT I BELIEVE IT SAT ON AND FORD 19509 FRAME , WITH A V8 ENGINE. THANKS JAMES

    • James…send all photos to me at Geoffrey.Hacker@Gmail.com Then let’s do a story and hit our readership with it. We may just find it and it starts with sending me photos. Hi resolution/detail photos – 3 photos per e-mail but not more. Thanks, Geoff

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