A Publication of
Wheels In Motion
Board of Directors 2011 Flagler County, Florida Region – AACA
Bob Harris 386-437-1808
Vice President PRESIDENTS MESSAGE
Ed Manen 386-447-6723
Trudy Manen 386-447-6723 I hope all those who attended our scheduled events this past month had a
Treasurer: good time. The weather is getting better each day and longer daylight is a bonus.
Gail Mehl 386-586-2207 No one likes to return home after dark with their special vehicle.
Jim Houston 386-313-1374 I would like to make everyone aware that we are into another “Bike Week”
Sunshine Report: event early this month, so please be aware of those around you while you are out
Carol Wanser 386-586-0866 motoring about.
Directors: Frank Davolos, Edith
Harris and David Shull.
Webmaster: Bill Fulford Our scheduled show at the Winsor was cancelled last month due to the
weather. We are going to try again this month. Hope you can make it. I will pass
along the date on when I find out.
Monday April 4th We are trying to give a lot of notice for upcoming events, so if you know of
7:30pm any we are missing please let Jim (editor) or myself know of them and it will be
listed in our newspaper and all will get notified.
The Windsor Assisted
Living Facility We have started to include car related technical articles in the newsletter,
50 Town Ct. so if you have something special or a quick fix item please send it in to us. Also a
(Palm Coast Town Center) ”recommended repair shop” list would be very helpful to all of us so please pick up
a business card from your favorite shop so we can list them. I am also in favor of a
Dates of Interest: list of reliable internet sites for purchasing parts cheaper than dealer prices.
12th - 10am - 2pm: Corvette Don’t forget the Spring Swap Meet at the Daytona Race track this month.
Show - Tom Gibbs Chevrolet,
RT 100, Palm Coast
12th - 10am-2pm: Deleon
Springs Spring Festival
12th - 8:30am - 2:30pm: 10th Automobile Trivia - How much do you know?
annual Apopka fair and AACA
show at Kit Land Nelson Park -
Music, 50/50 and Trophies
1. Name the ad that placed a well known car forever in the All-American hall of
14th - 9AM: Pancake Breakfast
19th - 10am: St. Patrick’s Day 2. The die-cast grille is another stylistic feature that was popular in the late 30s
Parade, Flagler Beach
and early 40s. What car inaugurated this styling advance?
19th - 10am - 2pm: Car Show
- Flagler High School*
3. What was the most important automobile design to come
26th and 27th - Spring Show,
out of World War II?
26th - 8am-4pm: Indian
River Region AACA show at 4. What year did the Chevrolet Impala debut?
Riverside Park, Vero Beach.
27th - Kingdom of the Sun 5. Name this fin......................................................... ….
region live Oak Carriage and
car show. 1975 and older. Live (answers on page 11)
oak Stud Farm, Ocala *
(Borrowed from AACA “Speedster”)
WIM 2011 Schedule of Events
March 12 Tom Gibbs Corvette & Camaro Show - 10AM - 2PM Bob Harris (386) 437-1808
March 12 10th Annual Apopka Fair and AACA Show - 8:30AM - 2:30PM
March 12 DeLeon Springs Spring Festival - 10AM - 2PM
March 14 Pancake Breakfast - Depart BOA in Bunnell for DeLeon Springs - 9AM Gail Mehl (386) 586-2207
March 19 Flagler Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 11AM (Arrive by 10AM) Ed Manen (386) 447-6723
March 19 Car Show at Flagler High School (Registration Fee)
WIM Dinner Night – 6:30PM : Lulu's Oceanside Grill 30 South Atlantic
March 23 Sharon Andre (386) 439-7684
Avenue, Ormond Beach, FL 32176
March 26 Indian River Region AACA show - Vero Beach - 8AM - 4PM On Your Own
March 27 Kingdom of the Sun region Live Oak Carriage and Car Show 1975 and older - $20 Registration
March 26-27 Spring Show Daytona International Speedway On Your Own
April 2 100 Years of Chevrolet Car Show - Cape Canaveral Bob Harris (386) 437-1808
April 4 WIM Meeting 7:30PM Bob Harris (386) 437-1808
April 16 Barberville & Lake Helen Car Shows
April 27 WIM Dinner Night – 6:30PM : Location TBD Sharon Andre (386) 439-7684
April 30 Hammock A1A Baptist Church – 11AM to 3PM Howard Goldman (386) 445-8272
May 2 WIM Meeting – 7:30PM Ed Manen (386) 447-6723
May 6 Oldies at the Beach
May 25 WIM Dinner Night – 6:30PM : Location TBD Sharon Andre (386) 439-7684
June 6 WIM Meeting – 7:30PM Ed Manen (386) 447-6723
June 29 WIM Dinner Night – 6:30PM : Location TBD Sharon Andre (386) 439-7684
July 4 Flagler Beach Parade Ed Manen (386) 447-6723
July 11 WIM Meeting – 7:30PM Bob Harris (386) 437-1808
July 27 WIM Dinner Night – 6:30PM : Location TBD Sharon Andre (386) 439-7684
August 1 WIM Meeting – 7:30PM Bob Harris (386) 437-1808
August 31 WIM Dinner Night – 6:30PM : Location TBD Sharon Andre (386) 439-7684
September 12 WIM Meeting – 7:30PM Bob Harris (386) 437-1808
September 28 WIM Dinner Night – 6:30PM : Location TBD Sharon Andre (386) 439-7684
October 1 GM Show Edie Harris (386) 437-1808
October 3 WIM Meeting – 7:30PM Bob Harris (386) 437-1808
October 8 Bed Race – Flagler Beach Ed Manen (386) 447-6723
October 15 Corvette Show – Flagler Beach
October 26 WIM Dinner Night – 6:30PM : Location TBD Sharon Andre (386) 439-7684
November 4 Bluegrass Chili Cook-off & Antique Car Show – Flagler Beach
November 7 WIM Meeting – 7:30PM Bob Harris (386) 437-1808
November 24 – 27 Turkey Run – Daytona Beach Al Wanser (386) 586-0866
November 30 NO WIM DINNER NIGHT OUT THIS MONTH - RESUME IN JANUARY Sharon Andre (386) 439-7684
Wheels-In-Motion March 7, 2011
Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM in the Windsor Assisted Living Facility, 50 Town Ct. Palm Coast.
Rich Mulvaney, Sergeant of Arms, led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.
Julia & Gaylee – Florida Agricultural Museum, Suzanne Herring, Al Pangburn, Albert Gardner - Welcome!
Bruce Phoenix - Welcome!
The AACA has sent raffle tickets for an October 8 th drawing. The tickets are $20.00 each. Contact Bob Harris for additional in-
Saturday 3/12 Tom Gibbs will host the 4 th Annual Corvette and Camaro show. 10 AM-2 PM rain or shine. No registration fee.
Please contact Bob if you plan on attending. He has to provide a head count.
Saturday 3/19 the Young Business Club will host a car show at Flagler Palm Coast High School on Rt 100. Registration fee is
$20.00 in advance and $25.00 day of show. Registration begins at 9 AM, trophies will be given out at 2:30 PM. Contact Bob
Harris for additional information on this event.
Saturday 4/2 AACA Cape Canaveral club will host a 100 th Anniversary car show. Registration is $18.00.
Saturday 4/16 the Crankin’ A’s and the Azalea Club of Palatka will host car shows.
Bob has added Wheels-In- Motion club information to the monthly Cruise In magazine.
Please contact Jim Houston with any reputable auto service businesses in the area so he can compile and publish a list for our
Vice President’s Report:
Saturday 3/19 is the Flagler Beach St Patrick’s Day parade. The parade will leave the parking lot of the Santa Maria del Mar
Catholic Church at 11 AM. Line up is 10 AM to give everyone time to decorate the cars. Following the parade, there will be food
and entertainment at the Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church, if you so choose.
The last date to donate for the AACA Wheels-In-Motion Memorial scholarship fund will be April 6th. This scholarship is awarded
to a high school senior attending higher education in the field of automotive repair or engineering.
Ten cars and one trailer attended the 1rst Annual “Show Your Ride” car and Bike Show, City Market Place (formally City Walk)
in Palm Coast. Thanks to the members that came out to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
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My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal let-
tuce.' He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg lettuce.
I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, 'Has anyone put anything in your baggage
without your knowledge?' To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?' He smiled knowingly
and nodded, 'That's why we ask.'
The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it's safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged co-
worker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is
red. Appalled, she responded, 'What on earth are blind people doing driving?!' She was a probation officer in Wichita.
At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker who was leaving the company due to 'downsizing,' our manager
commented cheerfully, 'This is fun. We should do this more often.' Not another word was spoken . We all just looked at
each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare. This was a lunch at Texas Instruments.
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We currently have 101 members. If you have renewed your membership and not received your 2011 cards, please see Gail.
New rosters are available; please see John or Gail Mehl. (Thanks John, we know it’s a daunting task!)
If you need club name tags contact Gail Mehl.
Trudy Manen requested a motion to accept the February minutes as published in “The Wheel.” Motion made by Tony Rodino,
seconded by Ed Scott and approved.
A Get Well card was sent to Sandy Goldman and a Thinking of You card to Tom Cummings. Carol Wanser thanked all those who
sent cards to her and Al. Please contact Carol Wanser if you know of anyone that is ill or in need of a “pick me up.”
Jim Houston would like to start a new column in “The Wheel.” Please send Jim pictures and articles on the history, restoration,
etc of you vehicles. He has several pictures of our club cars taken at various events. If you don’t have a photo of your vehicle
for the article, he may have one. Jim would also like to start a recipe of the month column. Please send your favorite recipes to
Jim. If you want to place an ad or submit an article to “The Wheel,” contact Jim.
Dave Shull – Dave was not able to attend the meeting, however he asked Bob Harris to notify members of a date change for
the overnight trip to the Antique Auto Stable, Gainesville and Lady Lake Cruise Night. The new date is May 21. In addition, the
overnight will include a stop at NPD in Ocala, a drive through the Ocala National Forest with a stop at the Dam Diner. Dave has
selected the newly renovated La Hacienda Hotel for the price of $62.50 a night for Wheels-In-Motion members.
Edie Harris –The Ponce Inlet Living Legends show held February 18 was well attended. Lunch at Harbor Inlet Restaurant pre-
sented some issues, but overall it was a great day.
The Disabled American Veterans food drive is ongoing. Please remember to bring canned or non-perishable food items to
the monthly meeting. Wayne Peters will distribute the food for this worthy cause. The DAV is also looking for old computers,
keyboards or other computer equipment. Please contact Wayne if you have any items to donate.
Please contact Carol Wanser if you can bring a dessert to enjoy after our meeting. Volunteers are still needed from July
Bob Harris stated the trip to the U.S Vintage Oval Track in Orlando had good weather and great fun for all who attended.
Club cards with the new Windsor address are available. See Bob Harris.
Ernie Gallo thanked our members for their book donations to the Navy and Coastguard in Mayport. He will soon be send-
ing books to Ponce Inlet as well. Ernie brought along some photos of the ship libraries to share. If you have any books (no ro-
mance) that can be donated, please see Ernie Gallo or Ed Manen.
Several members brought in coupons for our overseas military to use in the commissary. Bob Harris will deliver to Ted St. Pi-
erre who was unable to attend the meeting.
Tony Rodino will coordinate the March 20th 1:30 – 4 PM Windsor cruise-in. Please contact Fran or Tony if you plan on at-
tending and have not signed up.
Gail and John Mehl will host the annual Pancake Breakfast at Deleon Springs on Monday, March 14. We will leave from
the Bank of America in Bunnell at 9 AM. Contact John if you plan on attending. The entrance fee into the State Park is $5.00 a
Tony and Fran Rodino will host the annual club outing to the Belly Busters night at the Daytona Cubs ballgame. Additional
information will be forthcoming.
The Wheels-In-Motion Kazoo band played a rousing “Happy Birthday” to Rich Mulvaney as he celebrated his sixty-
Congratulations to Edie & Bob Harris as they celebrated their 47 th Wedding Anniversary.
If anyone lost a man’s ring at the January Windsor Cruise-In, please contact Bob Harris.
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Georgia Kszywienski reported 8 lap blankets were crocheted for the Windsor residents. Many thanks to Sharon Paul and
Gail Mehl for their help.
Georgia loaned her Vanna White Crochet book to someone at the January Windsor cruise-in and forgot who it was. If any-
one has the book, please contact Georgia.
Al Jusko notified members that our club logo has been sold to Stitch Art Embroidery located in Flagler Beach under the
bridge. You can still bring in your own articles of clothing to have our logo embroidered. Al is looking into having logo embroi-
Dave Rosenberg stated the Volusia Region car show will be held at Lake Helen April 30.
Jim Houston reported the UPS store next to Public’s in Town Center is printing our newsletter in return for advertising in our
newsletter. If you are able, please use the UPS Store for all your printing and mailing needs.
Julia & Gaylee from the Florida Agricultural Museum spoke to the members about a sock hop charity function being held April
16 at the museum. A maximum of 15 cars can attend. The event is from 4 – 10PM. Cars will have to be in place by 3:30PM.
There will be prizes, contests, a family movie, hotdogs and the Roller Derby Ladies. Contact Bob Harris if interested in bringing
March’s dinner will be held 3/23 at Lu Lu’s in Ormond Beach. Lu Lu’s is located on Granada and A1A, behind the CVS. Con-
tact Sharon Andre if you plan on attending. If you have any restaurant suggestions, please let Sharon know. She’s always
happy to hear from you.
The April meeting will be held April 6 @ 7:30 PM:
The Windsor Assisted Living Facility
(Palm Coast Town center)
50 Town Ct.
John Mehl made a motion, Rich Mulvaney seconded, to adjourn the meeting.
Trudy V. Manen, Secretary
My 1963 Austin Healey 3000 Mk1 - San Antonio,
Texas - December 1972. I should have kept this
one! (My Brother-In-Law said I had the right license
plate - The Blue Roadster!)
- Jim Houston
Dig through those old photos and submit your entry for this
feature. Let us reminisce with you! Include basic info: where
and when the picture was taken, and your name. It doesn’t
have to be a long story.
MEMBER CAR OF THE MONTH:
PHILIP AND HELEN BENNER -’64 FALCON
On July 3,2009 I purchased the 1964 Falcon from
Knights Auto Sales, Albany, New York after seeing
it advertised with pictures in the want ads. It was
originally from Alabama and after checking it over it
was rust free!
The Falcon was made during the ten years
from 1960-1970. In 1964 they produced the first
square body model. This was the said forerunner of
the Ford Mustang.
Our car had a mileage of 73,100. The 170
cubic inch, six cylinder engine produces 101 HP,
and is coupled to a 2 speed automatic transmission.
It is all original including the engine, transmission,
interior, rear end and chrome. I had it repainted the
original Turquoise and added the White side stripe
and one on the hood. This was done in in May 2010.
I also purchased stainless steel fender skirts.
On December 28 th we left upstate New York (Glenville), arriving in Florida on December 29th. Our only incident hap-
pened to us when we stopped for gas outside Savannah, Georgia - the exhaust pipe came apart and fell down. We
wired it back up and continued on a more noisy trip the rest of the way. Phil Benner
From the Editor: Let the members know about you and your car! Please
submit a photo and short history of your car for future issues. Send
March Recipe them to me at: email@example.com. If you have photos, I can scan
them in for you and return the photos. Please bring them to the meet-
Flower Pot Dirt Cake ing. Thanks, Jim Houston
1 package Oreos (I do one and a half)
1 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
4 Tbsp butter (softened) March Anniversaries
1 cup powdered sugar ***************
2 small pkgs instant pudding vanilla
3 1/2 cups milk 7th - Bob & Edie Harris - 47 years
12 oz. cool whip 10th - Babe & Sandy Barrett - 27 years
20th - Rudi & Sharon Andre - 2 years
Crush Oreos-- put aside
Mix cream cheese, butter, sugar until creamy 21st - Charlie & Diane Kidd -
Mix pudding mixes with milk
Fold cream cheese mixture with pudding then
fold in Cool Whip
Put wax paper or saran wrap at bottom of
flower pot so cookies don't fall out holes March Birthdays
in pot. ********
Put alternate layers of Oreos and pudding 3rd - Frank Davolos 5th - Ted St Pierre
mixture in a clean flower pot starting with
Oreos and ending with Oreos.
7th - Rich Mulvaney 10th - Bonnie Fulford
Put in a plastic flower. Also garnish with
18th - Carol Jusko 21st - Bill Fulford
gummy worms. (I forgot to buy them for the 22nd - Sally Baker 25th - Tom Huber
meeting.) 30th - Bob Harris
-- Submitted by Tony Rodino
April - Fran Rodino, Edie Harris
May - Sharon Andre, Daryl Houston, Fran Rodino PALM COAST/BUNNELL
June - Sharon Andre, Fran Rodino Last Saturday every month - Palm Coast Ford Dealership - 5PM
July - Daryl Houston Every Wednesday - Woody’s Bar-BQ, Rt. 100, Palm Coast - 5PM
August - Open Every Thursday - Beamers, 801 S. State St. (US1) - 4PM
September - Open
DAYTONA BEACH / ORMOND BEACH
October - Open
Every Thursday - Porkie’s & Pagano’s Parking Lot 4-8pm, US1 South
New volunteers are needed to bring a snack.. Every Wed - Aquarium Restaurant, 125 Basin Street
Please add your name to the list
Contact Carol Wanser - 386 - 586 - 0866 Every Friday - Volusia Regional Plaza Rte 17-92
Every Saturday - Victoria Sq Shopping Center 5-9pm, I4 exit 116
We would like to wish all of you a Every Sunday - Hamptons Drive-In Hwy 92, 5-9pm.
Happy Birthday & Happy Anniversary 3rd Saturday - Mid Florida Mustang Club Saxton Ave & I-4 6-9pm
3rd Saturday - Every month downtown Deland 3-7pm
Send the dates to Jim Houston
386-313-1374 or NEW SMYRNA
Jhouston45@gmail.com 2nd Sat. - East Coast Cruisers Canal St. (Enter from US1) 4-9pm
March Tech Tip 1st Saturday of month - K-Mart on Hwy 19, 5:30-9pm
Electrical devices, including Spark Plugs, use only the 3rd Sunday of month - Car show/Swap Meet East Palatka, Putnam
electrical energy necessary to perform the function City Fairgrounds. Admission is $4, includes soda. 8am - 3pm
for which they are designed for. Ignition Wires are 4th Sat. of Month - Krystal’s Hwy 19 & 100, 6pm
nothing more than conductors of supplied energy. An
ignition wire that "allegedly" generates an "increase" PORT ORANGE
in spark energy will have no effect on the spark jump- Every 3rd Friday - Brooklyn Ice Café #4649 Clyde Morris Blvd 6-9pm
ing across the spark plug gap.
Every Tuesday - Original First Turn Steakhouse, 5236 US1
The energy consumed at the spark plug gap wouldn't Every Thursday - Beef O’Brady’s 3781 S. Nova Rd 5-8pm
be any more than what is needed to jump the gap. An
example would be if your were to install in a 100 watt ST AUGUSTINE
light bulb into a 100,000 watt source. The 100-watt Last Saturday every month - VW Cruise In @ Ron Parker Park, Pope
bulb only consumes the wattage needed to illuminate Rd & A1A on Anastasia Island, 10am
it. This would be a feature not to pay extra for next 2nd Saturday every month - Steak & Shake US1 N. 5-8pm
time you shop for wires.
(10% off eats)
The best set of Ignition wires I have run across are 3rd Saturday every month - Ponce De Leon Mall, US1, 5-8pm
the Taylor 10mm & 8mm, spiral wound wire sets.
They about $50 for universal sets and about $40 for
custom sets. Mallory Sidewinder and Ford Mo-
NOTE: All car clubs invited to all cruise Ins
torsports helical wound wire sets are very good as
well. All run in the $40 to $50 dollar range.
Signed letters of no more than 250 words may be mailed to the editor by the 15th of the month. The editor reserves the right to reject, edit
or modify any material submitted. Members are encouraged to submit information concerning special events, clubs activities or any antique
automobile related material. The contact of this news letter has been obtained from sources to believe reliable. And the editor has exer-
cised reasonably care to assure its accuracy. WIM club does not guarantee the contents of this publications to be entirely current. And state-
ments attributed to others sources does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the club. Any information published here may be copied and
published to other publications with reprint credits to the “Wheel”. Please support and patronize our advertisers. Their ads help pay for the
publishing of the newsletter.
Wheels In Motion Activities
Outing to Orlando Speedworld - Feb 12th
Rich and Vicki Mulvaney, Phil and Bev Ford
and Bob and Edie Harris traveled to Orlando
Speedworld for a day of racing.
Vicki Mulvaney is thinking about a new
career!! (Look out Danica, here comes
When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service
department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the
door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. 'Hey,' I announced to the technician, 'it's open!' His reply: 'I know. I already got that side.' This was
at the Ford dealership in Canton, MS.
We had to have the garage door repaired. The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on
the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said,
'Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower .' I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4. He said, 'NO, it's not.' Four is larger than two.' We haven't used Sears
My daughter and I went through the McDonald's take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill. Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter.
She said, 'you gave me too much money.' I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back. She sighed and went to get the
manager, who asked me to repeat my request. I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said 'We're sorry but we could not do that kind of
thing.' The clerk then proceeded to give me back $1 and 75 cents in change. Do not confuse the clerks at Mickey D's.
I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING
sign on our road. The reason: 'Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.'
Wheels In Motion Activities
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Auto Show - Feb 18th
About 17 club members attended. The Living Legends gave a very interesting talk and
about 10 vehicles on display with the great old drivers.
Group picture (left to right) Tom and Gail Huber, Bob
and Edie Harris, Phil and Helen Benner, Rich and
Viki Mulvaney, Carol Jusko, John Feind, Al Jusko,
Kathy Feind, Pat and David Haines
Right: Bill Washburn, Edie Harris, Pat Haines and
Kathy Fiend In front of a Hudson Hornet
Left: Kathy Feind, John Feind , David Haines
Right: John and Mary DeFoe and Bill Washburn
Bob Harris reports: We had lunch at Ponce Inlet
Rest., with the most horrible service ever. Some
folks left after waiting an hour. Everyplace was
crowded because of Speed Week. For future trips
remember not during race week!
Harley J. Earl - General Motors Design Genius 10
Harley J. Earl (November 22, 1893–April 10, 1969) was first Vice President of Design at General Motors. He was an industrial
designer and a pioneer of modern transportation design. A coachbuilder by trade, Earl pioneered the use of freeform sketching and
hand sculpted clay models as design techniques. He subsequently introduced the “concept car” as both a tool for the design proc-
ess and a clever marketing device.
Harley Earl was born in Hollywood, California. His father, J. W. Earl, began work as a coachbuilder in 1889. The senior Earl eventu-
ally changed his practice from horse-drawn vehicles to custom bodies and customized parts and accessories for automobiles,
founding Earl Automobile Works in 1908.
Earl began studies at Stanford University, but left prematurely to work with, and learn from, his father at Earl Automotive Works.
By this time, the shop was building custom bodies for Hollywood movie stars, including Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Tom Mix.
Earl Automotive Works was bought by Cadillac dealer Don Lee, who kept
Harley Earl as director of its custom body shop.
Lawrence P. Fisher, general manager of the Cadillac division, was visiting
Cadillac dealers and distributors around the country, including Lee. Fisher
met Earl at Lee's dealership and observed him at work. Fisher, whose auto-
motive career began with coachbuilder Fisher Body, was impressed with
Earl's designs and methods, including the use of modeling clay to develop
the forms of his designs.
1928 LaSalle Phaeton Fisher commissioned Earl to design the 1927 LaSalle for Cadillac's compan-
ion marque. The success of the LaSalle convinced General Motors president
Alfred P. Sloan to create the Art and Color Division of General Motors, and
to name Earl as its first director. Prior to the establishment of the Art and Color Division, automobile manufacturers did not assign
any great importance to the appearance of automobile bodies. Volume manufacturers built bodies designed by engineers guided
only by functionality and cost. Many luxury-car manufacturers, including GM, did not make bodies at all; opting to ship chassis as-
semblies to a coachbuilder of the buyer's choice. (Others, e.g., Studebaker preferred to build complete units.)
The executives at General Motors at the time, including engineers, division heads, and sales executives, viewed Earl's conceptual
ideas as flamboyant and unfounded. Earl struggled to legitimize his design approach against the tradition and production-oriented
executives. As head of the newly formed GM "Art and Color" division of GM in 1927, he was initially referred to as one of the
"pretty picture boys", and his Design Studio as being the "Beauty Parlor". In 1937, the Art and Color Division was renamed the Styl-
ing Division. Harley Earl and Alfred P. Sloan implemented "Dynamic Obsolescence" and the "Annual Model Change" to further po-
sition design as an engine for the company's product success.
In 1939, the Styling Division, under Earl's instruction, styled and built the
Buick Y-Job, the motor industry's first concept car. While many one-off
custom automobiles had been made before, the Y-job was the first car
built by a mass manufacturer for the sole purpose of determining the
public's reaction to new design ideas. After being shown to the public,
the Y-job became Earl's daily driver.
In 1942, during World War II, Earl established a camouflage research and
training division at General Motors, one consequence of which was a 22-
page document called Camouflage Manual for General Motors Camou-
Harley Earl and the Buick Y-job
flage. A decade before, two former World War I camouflage artists, Led-
yard Towle (a U.S. Army camoufleur) and McClelland Barclay (who created the Fisher Body ads, and contributed to U.S. Navy cam-
ouflage during both World Wars) had worked as designers at General Motors. In addition, among Earl's apprentices was English
designer David Jones, who worked at its British division at Vauxhall, and who served in the camouflage section of the Royal Engi-
neers during World War II.
Harley Earl authorized the Frank Hershey design for the 1948 Cadillac, which incorpo-
rated the first automotive tailfins. Inspiration for the fins came from the Lockheed P-38
Lightning. The style caught on throughout Detroit and eventually led to competition be-
tween Earl and Virgil Exner over the size and complexity of tailfins, culminating with
those on the 1959 Cadillac.
1959 Cadillac tailfin
Influenced by the English and European sports cars being raced on road racing
circuits after World War II, Earl decided that General Motors needed to make a
sports car. Design work on "Project Opel" began as a secret project. He first
offered the project to Chevrolet general manager Ed Cole. Cole accepted the
project without hesitation, and the car was offered to the public in 1953 as the
Chevrolet Corvette. The Corvette has been in continuous production since
1953, except for 1982.
Harley Earl retired from General Motors in 1958 after overseeing the design of
the 1959 models. He was succeeded as vice-president with responsibility for the Design and Styling Department by Bill Mitchell,
under whose leadership GM design became less ornamental. Before Earl retired, General Motors became the largest corporation
in the world, and design was acknowledged as the leading sales factor within the automotive industry.
Death and legacy
Harley Earl suffered a stroke and died in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 10, 1969. He was 75 years old.
He is remembered as the first styling chief in the United States automobile industry, the originator of clay modeling of automotive
designs, the wraparound windshield, the hardtop sedan, factory two-tone paint, and tail-fins.
One of his concept car designs, the turbine-powered Firebird I, is reproduced in miniature on the Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 Tro-
phy, which goes to the winner of that season-opening NASCAR race.
Harley Earl was used in a brief advertising campaign for Buick, particularly during its reconstruction period between 2001 and 2002.
Actor John Diehl, portraying Earl (or his ghost) was used to symbolize the importance of design in Buick's cars, or as the ads put it,
the "Spirit of American Style". Earl's trademark fedora was often used as an icon in these advertisements.
In a December 1999 special section in the Detroit Free Press, Earl was ranked the third most significant Michigan artist of the 20th
century, behind Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder.
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Trivia Answers: 1. "Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet." 2. 1934 Pontiac Cabriolet 3. The Universal Jeep. The standardized design, after
1500 test vehicles were built by Ford, Willys and Bantam, was the Ford Model GP ("General Purpose" derive "Jeep"), a quarter-ton 4x4.
4. 1958 5. 1956 Cadillac El Dorado "shark fin"
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POLO SHIRTS MEN / WOMEN $29.00 ea
CLUB JACKETS 1972 Olds, 350 Rocket Engine, $12,500.
Coach style $35.00 Blue Contact Peter Barbara for more information.
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