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Detroit was a different world when Ron Will scholarshipped in, during the 1961 preparations for future generation Corvettes. Will was assigned to the Corvette design team, where he learned valuable lessons that soon applied to his own bold concept vehicle. Despite a full court press to market the unique ride, mass production was not in the cards for Ron Will. But he still has the car today, which is more than Zora Arkus Duntov can say. Will kindly relented to my obnoxious line of questioning (while interviewing him for an unrelated book project), and generously agreed to allow his images to be shared with Earthlings via this blog, as well. Thank you, Ron!
KRISTIN CLINE UPDATE
You know Kristin from her previous appearances here with her '55 Studebaker. It's her daily driver and has delivered her to the Bonneville Salt Flats more than once. So you can imagine how many conversations Kristin has been dragged into regarding the ubiquitous salty Studes. After a few years of this, enough was enough. Naturally, she has entertained the idea of blasting the car down the salt. But hey, that stuff is automotive Krytonite, and this is her baby. Besides, its street-oriented smallblock Chevy isn't exactly a record threatener. So when invited/dared to wheel Jerry Hansen's '55 at this years Speed Week, it didn't take Kristin all day to accept.
LANCE SORCHIK UPDATE
After serving a winter apprenticeship under Jesse Coots at the Old Soul Hot Rod Shop in LeRoy, New York, Lance has finally brought his '33 roadster home to roost. He's tying up loose ends in the comfort of his northern New Jersey garage now, and will be terrorizing the local populace in due time. Knowing Sorchik, we scored some images of the build before he ends up "going away for a while", for moving violations.
SGE MODEL A UPDATE
THURSDAY BLOODY THURSDAY
So long to my part-time benefactor, Source Interlink Media, who's lineage extends back to Petersen Publishing Company (founded in 1948 by Robert E. Petersen). SIM has now changed their name to TEN (The Enthusiast Network), perhaps in an attempt to distance themselves from the shockingly viscous mass murders on Thursday, May 29th of Rod & Custom and Popular Hot Rodding magazines. Tim Bernsau left the back door unlocked for me at R&C, and Scott Parkhurst (former Tech Editor at PHR) did the same during his tenure at CarTech Inc. By midnight on Thursday, High Performance Pontiac, Custom Classic Trucks, 4 Wheel Drive & SUV, Mud Life, 5.0 Mustang, Modified Mustangs and Fords, Camaro Performers, GM High Tech, Import Tuner, and Honda Tuning were also eliminated, raising the human body count high into the hundreds, considering the staff employees of twelve magazines who lost their jobs. Those worker bees are all highly skilled and loyal employees, with mouths to feed and mortgages to pay.
TEN's take on the slaughter was, "A sweeping redesign of (our) brand portfolio." TEN CEO Scott Dickey stated, "The Company's future focus will center on its iconic core brands and their connection with the consumer across all forms of media." The statement continued, "The portfolio changes accelerate the company's move to a web-led, socially amplified media model." Dickey concluded, "It is not up to us to decide how our consumers choose to interact with our brands. Our job is to provide them with the content they want, where they want it, and when they want it. Our business model needs to reflect this new reality."
SQUIRREL AND TOOLBOX
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN