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113 Robert Cumberford: I ’ ve been personally involved with fiberglass car design for more than six decades at levels from do - it - yourself to volume production (specifically Chevrolet Corvettes in the Fifties), so I know a little bit about the subject from direct experience. But I continue to learn more from the amazing revelations that keep popping up in Geoff Hacker ’ s Forgotten Fiberglass project. The constant — one might even say, obsessive — research on the origins and evolution of using fiberglass reinforced resin moldings for car bodies has resulted in a comprehensive history that exists nowhere else. From a personal blog to an almost encyclopedic collection of ancient publications, personal stories, and rare photos, Hacker and his colleague Rick D ’ Louhy have created an invaluable resource for both automotive and social historians, a resource that will remain valuable for decades to come. It ’ s a little hokey (“ Glass on, gang! ”) and seems disjointed much of the time, but it ’ s also accurate, encompassing, fascinating and constantly interesting. No matter what degree of interest you may have, there is something for you in Undiscovered Classics and Forgotten Fiberglass. We should all hope that Hacker ’ s passion remains at the high level that has brought the concept so far in so short a time. Robert Cumberford is a designer who became a writer by accident. His race report on the 12 Hours of Sebring was published when he was an eighteen - year - old Art Center student in 1954. Subsequently he has published thousands of articles on cars and airplanes, in American, Asian, English, European, and South American magazines. He contributed to several books, including the entire text of the well - reviewed Auto Legends , now available in five translated editions -- French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Polish in addition to the original English version. In 1985, Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis, Jr., invited him to be one of two executive editors when Automobile was in the planning stages. Cumberford demurred, saying he knew nothing about magazine production and claims he still doesn ’ t, except that it ’ s important to meet deadlines. He contributed features from the beginning and began his popular “ By Design ” column in the sixth issue, September 1986.

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