Strother MacMinn’s LeMans Coupe Makes First Public Debut in 60 Years
By Geoffrey Hacker, Undiscovered Classics
One of the first memories of working with Gary Smith of Dean’s Garage was 12 years ago. I contacted him and shared that we had just found our first extant Strother MacMinn designed LeMans Coupe. You can read this story on Dean’s Garage. [LINK]
In the years since, I have continued to research this car, and other handcrafted cars built across the USA. The story of designing and building your own car has always had a far greater impact than generally recognized, and we’ve done our best at Undiscovered Classics to help recognize the efforts of these small, independent builders and teams of builders. You can read about what we’ve done to help celebrate these individuals and their cars these past 16+ years in our recently created Undiscovered Classics Portfoilio. [LINK]
Our research continued into the LeMans Coupe continued beyond 2010. Currently, we know of four existing cars/projects and we’re still in search of; two or three that may be out there (perhaps located near someone reading this). And we have exciting news to share here today with Dean’s Garage readers concerning the LeMans Coupe.
Shown here are photos taken earlier this week showing Dennis Kazmerowski and progress on the LeMans Coupe he is building. And the most exciting news is that Dennis and his car will appear this weekend at the Eyes On Design event near Detroit, Michigan. This will be the first time that MacMinn’s LeMans Coupe will be seen in public display in over 60 years.
And even though Kazmerowski’s LeMans Coupe isn’t fully finished, the decision was made by Eyes on Design that the car and its history is too important to not share with others as early as possible—just as the original LeMans Coupe made its public display in unfinished form as well. Let history repeat itself. Again.
The Eyes On Design will feature this MacMinn’s LeMans Coupe on two occasions:
On Saturday June 18th, 2022 the LeMans Coupe will be the central focus of an Eyes on Design Symposium designed to honor Strother MacMinn and his car called, “The Influence of Strother MacMinn and the Influence of the LeMans Coupe.” [LINK] The panel consists of Peter Brock, Stu Reed, Steve Pasteiner, and Dennis Kazmerowski, and the car will be on display. All of this will happen at the GM Design Dome. What a perfect visual background for such an elegant design.
On Sunday June 19th, 2022 the LeMans Coupe will be on display with all cars at the event on the field of Eyes On Design. [LINK]
This “one-two” punch from the folks on Eyes on Design will really give the debut of Kaz’s LeMans Coupe a proper and impressive send-off.
Even now in its unfinished form, the car is impressive to see. The lines of MacMinn’s creation are stunning, and the workmanship on the “build” impressive. Dennis and his team have done yeoman’s work in creating the car and we look forward to seeing it in its finished form in the near future.
For those of you wanting to learn more about Strother MacMinn, John Bond, the cars that were built, and the story behind the men that built them, you can explore the full history on a newly created section of our Undiscovered Classics website. The information shared in this new section represents 16+ years of research into all aspects of LeMans Coupe history, and gives you unfettered access to learning about the LeMans Coupe. [LINK]
Next year should be even more exciting for Dennis and his team when the debut of the finished car takes place and rolls onto the field. More to share about this event when the time comes. In the meantime, let Dennis know what you think in the comments area. I know he’ll appreciate your words of encouragement.