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    GM Designer Gray Counts

    Gray Counts’ GM Artwork Long story short: it took a call from Ed Welburn to encourage Gray to bring in what work he may have for scanning and archiving at GM. He did so. Gray had…

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    Neil DeAtley’s ’27 Track-T

    by Gary Smith Featured in the June 2015 issue of Street Rodder Magazine. I was introduced to Neil DeAtley, a Scottsdale car collector, in 2005 by a mutual friend who thought I could help Neil get…

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    Greasewood Flat Designer Get-together

    If you live or will be visiting the Phoenix area on Saturday, March 7, 2015, stop by Greasewood Flat at 2:00 p.m. Every year designers and others associated with automobile design get together and swap stories….

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    GM Studio Sketches & Richard Nesbitt’s Mustang Tribute

    Ron Will sent me scans of this collection of GM studio sketches. Designers include Allen Flowers, Geza Loczi, Bernie Smith, Tom Semple, Ron Will, Randy Wittine, and Allen Young. From Richard Nesbitt Last year a client asked me…

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    Dave Holls’ Career

    From Sketches, Special Edition, April 24, 1991 In Brief As we put this special edition of Sketches together in honor of Dave’s retirement, certain aspects of Dave’s character surfaced again and again in conversation with a dozen different…

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    Harry Bradley’s Vettes

    Harry Bradley’s styling tips for ’56–’60, ’53–’67, and ’68–’73 Vettes. from Hot Rod magazine, July, 1973. Search for Harry Bradley for more of Harry’s cool artwork on Dean’s Garage.

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    Bill Porter’s Inside Buick Studio

    Designing Buicks in the 1980s and 1990s Bill Porter tells his story of his years as Chief Designer of Buick I Studio from 1980 to 1996. 47 minutes. I was a designer in Buick I in…

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    Phillip Payne—Ford, AMC, Chrysler Designer

    The Career of Phillip E. Payne Payne’s career in automotive styling began in 1960 upon graduation from the Cleveland Institute of Art with job offers from GM and Ford. He chose Ford, in large part because…

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    Harry Bradley’s Mitchell GP

    Text and photos complements of the car’s owner and builder, Dave Crook. Over the past few years, I’ve enjoyed receiving and reading the very informative articles posted on your website that arrive via E-mail. It recently occurred…

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    Unicontrol and a Sonic Key

    Firebird III GMs Turbine Powered Wonder—An Experiment for Tomorrow The new C7 Corvette Z06 may be supercharged and have 650 horsepower, but it doesn’t have Unicontrol and a Sonic Key. The Firebird III was an experimental…

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    50 Years of American Automobile Design 1930–1980

    By Dick Nesbitt As an automotive designer, I was contacted by Collectible Automobile magazine to contribute and illustrate design related articles in 1984. In 1985, Publications International in Chicago, Illinois asked me to both author and…

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    The Story Behind Dick Ruzzin’s Chevy-powered Mangusta

    One key design feature that is embodied in the Mangusta is only found after you finally get past it’s emotional aesthetic beauty, that is the subtle evidence everywhere that it was built by real people, actually…

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    Steve Small

    By George Prentice “They say” that Steve Small was very eccentric at Art Center and that he slept on a bed of straw. “They say” he had a summer internship at FoMoCo; and rather than find…

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    The 1979 Opel Bitter Story

    Design of the Opel Bitter CD at Opel Design in Russelsheim, Germany By Dick Ruzzin Opel Design in November of 1971. To understand the importance of Opel Design in the early seventies, it should be known…

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    Motor Trend Classic Chuck Jordan Interview

    Interview with Chuck Jordan, GM’s Chief Designer The General’s Tailor: Chuck Jordan, who in 1986 became only the fourth chief designer in GM’s history, offers his candid views on what makes a great auto design. From…

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    George Krispinsky—Ford, AMC, and Chrysler Designer

    Automotive Design Oral History Project Interview and Reminiscences of George Krispinsky (GK) including a few samples of his studio artwork, and a short video (about the origins of Ford’s retractible hardtop) taken during the interview. This interview is…

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    Building the Corvette SS; Stingray Racer at Elkhart; Building the ’53 Corvette; Design Center Tour

    Vintage GM video of Building the Experimental Corvette SS. An inside look at the construction of the car; many shots of Duntov. About the Corvette SS Led by the gifted Zora Arkus-Duntov, a team of engineers…

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    Corvette Sting Ray: Genesis of an American Icon

    A New Book by Peter Brock This post features the Press Release from BRE about Peter Brock’s new book, a summary of the book, and a gallery of several pages. Ordering information is at the end…

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    Ed Welburn Interviews

    Amelia Island Interview Ed and a 2014 Corvette at Amelia Island

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    A Bill Mitchell Anecdote

    By Sheldon Payne During the years 1969 and 1975, I worked for GM’s Body Development Studio at Design Staff and used to build motorcycle models at home in the winter to satisfy my desire for the…

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GM Designer Gray Counts

Gray Counts’ GM Artwork Long story short: it took a call from Ed Welburn to encourage Gray to bring in what work he may have for scanning and archiving at GM. He did so. Gray had…

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Neil DeAtley’s ’27 Track-T

by Gary Smith Featured in the June 2015 issue of Street Rodder Magazine. I was introduced to Neil DeAtley, a Scottsdale car collector, in 2005 by a mutual friend who thought I could help Neil get…

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Stories from Baja—The Great Tech Inspector

Another post in a series of the experiences from Baja written by John Thawley. Read about some of John’s exploits on Dean’s Garage. John died on July 14, 2009. Published by permission from John Thawley, Jr. The Great Tech Inspector…

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Stories from Baja—Rally or Race?

Another post in a series of the experiences from Baja written by John Thawley. Read about some of John’s exploits on Dean’s Garage. John died on July 14, 2009. Published by permission from John Thawley, Jr. Rally or Race?…

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American Dreaming Update

American Dreaming Exhibit Documentary Film Teaser American Dreaming Exhibition Website They are seeking contributions to finance the Documentary. April 17–May 2, 2015 Detroit’s Golden Age of Automotive Design I received this from Robert Edwards and Bill Porter:…

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American Dreaming

American Dreaming Exhibition: April 17–May 2, 2015 Detroit’s Golden Age of Automotive Design I received this from Robert Edwards and Bill Porter: Thank you for plugging the exhibit. It is an amazing amount of work trying…

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Greasewood Flat Designer Get-together

If you live or will be visiting the Phoenix area on Saturday, March 7, 2015, stop by Greasewood Flat at 2:00 p.m. Every year designers and others associated with automobile design get together and swap stories….

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Stories from Baja—El Matador

Another post in a series of the experiences from Baja written by John Thawley. Read about some of John’s exploits on Dean’s Garage. John died on July 14, 2009. Published by permission from John Thawley, Jr. El Matador Telling…

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GM Studio Sketches & Richard Nesbitt’s Mustang Tribute

Ron Will sent me scans of this collection of GM studio sketches. Designers include Allen Flowers, Geza Loczi, Bernie Smith, Tom Semple, Ron Will, Randy Wittine, and Allen Young. From Richard Nesbitt Last year a client asked me…

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Dave Holls’ Career

From Sketches, Special Edition, April 24, 1991 In Brief As we put this special edition of Sketches together in honor of Dave’s retirement, certain aspects of Dave’s character surfaced again and again in conversation with a dozen different…