As a custom car guy, it’s not about making it how the factory did it. It’s about making it *better* than the factory did it. But, what if guys at the factory already did make it better and you never knew about it? People usually only see the end result.
All too often factory production limitations (i.e. cost / complexity) and executive decisions make cars a lot different than what the designers behind the scenes envisioned them.
Barris. Hines. Winfield. Roth. Etc– you know all the names. All these guys get their fair due credit for the amazing things they did putting their spin on old iron. Lucky for them, they’ve got no executives to tell them no.
This is a tribute to the visionaries who’s dreams get adjusted by suits before they get to us. It’s the cost the artist pays for getting stable benefits and paychecks (until they get laid off that is.)
(NOTE: On a side topic that’s relevant to this– Pretty soon i’m going to be posting pictures / updates of the long coming Gambino Kustoms Noteboom 1960 custom Cadillac project that’s starting to breath again. Whenever i’ve thought about how that car needs to look, i’ve thought alot about how the original designers would have wanted the car to look before the suits ripped the rug out from under them. That’s the look we’re shooting for)
Add comment April 18th, 2009