Saturday, November 28, 2009
The one that was so close...
I have had the idea of a purple roadster banging around in my head for a long time.
When I was a little kid my Dad painted the motor in his 55 Corvette white and for some reason that has stuck with me my entire life. My coupe came close to having a white mill in it in fact. And of course one of the reasons that car ended up gold was because of that vette.
The two 32's I posted about (in the two previous posts) were another influence.
One of the other "purple" influences on me was the Iris Mist color on 1965 GTO's.
GTO's were one of my first loves.
The 69 Judges like I had in high school always were a big deal to me and still are. That being said my second favorite GTO is a 65 in Iris Mist. I gave serious thought to painting my roadster Iris Mist but opted for the darker purple.
One thing that has always blown me away was how close a car came to my idealized roadster when it was still my head.
I can not remember off hand what Round Up it was at (in Austin, Texas of course) but during that particular show I remember from a distance seeing a purple roadster sitting out on the grass amongst the sea of hot rods.
It turned out to be a Kennedy Brothers creation and man it came close to what I had in my head.
The car blew me away.
Purple with a white motor, black and white interior, chrome wheels with caps...it rocked.
I love flatheads but my "vision" had a small block Chevy in it and that is what I ended up with. I love the chrome firewall, but that is also something I would not have done. I wanted a white motor with a body colored firewall so that nothing would take away from the "whiteness" of the mill.
Other differences exist, but needless to say this Bomb Factory creation really hit a home run with me.
Funny thing, I have never seen this car since that show.