And now….for something completely different….
Some, most, all, none of you know that my team and I have been working on the most ambitious project I’ll probably ever do in my life – the restoration of the 1937 Gougeon Streamliner. This is one of many concept cars built in the 1930’s that we now call “Streamliners” or “Tear Drop Cars” and when free time allows, I delve a bit into these little known 1930’s rarities.
For the past 3+ years, my good friends have been helping get this car on the road. Our team started with James Pedalino, and expanded to Mike Szafranski and Scott Miller. But the greatest effort and contributions have been by Tim Masters, Ben Emerson, and Red Bartles.
This is not a project for the faint of heart – or those that think logically about the projects they are about to undertake (my friends often correctly question my logic on many of my projects…).
Today was our best day yet. The chief designer, fabricator, restorer, mechanic, and test pilot, Ben Emerson, told me early this afternoon – “let’s fire it up and take it for a drive.” We’ve been saying that for weeks, so I helped here and there, but left him to buttoning up what he thought was best. And then it was 6pm – and he was ready to go.
Wow! I wasn’t sure we would ever get to that day. And “that” day is today. Who would have known???
So….why say more. Let’s let the video of our first test drive show it best. Click on the small triangle below to begin and watch our 7+ minute adventure begin.
There’s been some info written on the web about this streamliner. Here are some websites for the adventurous among you to learn more about this car:
I’m not sure how much more there is to do on the restoration of the streamliner – my guess is hours, days, weeks, months, and years – in some combination. We’ve been at this for 3+ years – on and off – and have made pretty good progress for a group of enthusiastic newbies of teardrop / streamliner restorations. At this point I think my team could take on any project – I’m continually amazed and impressed by the ingenuity and skills from each of these guys.
And by the way….I just found a Futuro flying saucer home for sale. Don’t tell my team yet – I want to surprise them with the good news. And it needs to be restored too! I bet they just can’t wait!
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…
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