Phil Hill, Bill Mitchell, and the Monza GT. By Paul Deesen.
Dick Ruzzin’s first hand account of the development of the Open Bitter.
Mr. Mitchell had the passion and flamboyant style, Shinoda had the personal no-nonsense Southern California performance connection, and Jordan had the elegance and taste—anything they touched was destined to be a success.
“I consider myself one of the luckiest guys alive. All my life I’ve been able to do the thing I love most—design automobiles.”
When I was at GM, Paul was always great to be around. Encouraging and uplifting with a great sense of humor.
It’s no big secret that a lot of early motorcars took their body design from carriages. But it’s less obvious that carriage design evolved from shipbuilding.
Late nighters or all nighters were the norm.
Jordan likened this to “letting a tiger out of the cage—saying go!”
“Paint won’t save it.”
Gray is a good friend and great designer.
The story of Dave Holls’ Bugatti.
The origins of the only body side I can lay claim to designing in 15 years at GM.