*throptic, noun: a design or a devise created to look as if it serves a functional purpose, but in fact has no purpose other than to make the object on which it is attached to look esthetically better.
One morning I witnessed a student being dropped off at the front gate at my high school by some guy driving a Chrysler Turbine car. I couldn’t believe it. The sound it made! The future had arrived.
I think cars should be beautiful, and you ought to make a car—somebody—Ford, Chrysler, G.M.—somebody’s going to bring out one, and they’ll say, “Wow, look at that,” and that’ll get them all out. Until that happens, they’re a bore.
A time warp into a much different world of design than exists today.
From the movie, LeMans. This is the same car driven by John Thomas that is featured in the sound files recorded by Mike Parris at Riverside International Raceway in 1980. The first audio file was posted before, but the second one, Four hot laps around Riverside, was recently acquired from driver John Thomas. Great in-car…
Featuring Cyclops, the Bongo family, and quite a number of other oddities.
It’s 1946 and you’re interested in car design but don’t know where to start.
“Jeez, boss, I’ve never seen a car like this around anywhere. Who wants it?” I wished he wouldn’t call me boss.
I had a 1965 Corvette Coupe follow me home in March, 2010. A shiny red disaster.
Making dreams come true.
Stan Mott kept us going with his outrageous cartoons and great artwork.
R. Henry Gurr’s book played an important role in my interest in car design.