50 Shades of Rust by Tom Cotter

By Tom Cotter

101 barn-find stories guaranteed to appeal to any vehicle collector. in recent times, the search to discover and repair forgotten car gemstones has generated a cult-like following - a really huge cult-like following. So huge, in truth, that the topic of automobile archaeology has encouraged a complete style of tv courses, together with Counting automobiles, desolate tract vehicle Kings, Chasing vintage vehicles, exclusive, what is My motor vehicle Worth?, and diverse others. writer Tom Cotter is on the leading edge of this circulate together with his within the Barn sequence, a line of books that encouraged some of the above-mentioned tv courses. 50 colours of Rust collects 90-plus of the all time most sensible barn-find tales. each one tale is observed through photos from the scenes of the reveals, making a seriously illustrated publication not like any barn-find e-book but released.

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In 1965, it returned south and served as Jabe Thomas’s NASCAR rookie ride. When Ned Jarrett lost his team car to a transport accident that season, Thomas rented the car to him at Nashville. Thomas used the car again during the 1966 Grand National season before it was put out to pasture. “At the end of the 1966 season, Thomas brought the car to a field, stripped it, and there it sat for 41 years,” Craft says. Craft asked the owner if he’d consider selling. The answer was yes, and a comprehensive restoration was begun.

Geoff Hacker became intrigued with racing Singer automobiles. Here is Ralph Bush racing his Singer at the Pomona race course in the early 1950s. GEOFF HACKER COLLECTION In the process of researching Singer-derived specials, Hacker happened upon this 1952 Singer, the last racing Singer. Hacker (right) is posing with the car’s original builder/racer Ralph Bush. GEOFF HACKER So by the time we had finished researching as many (if not most and probably all) of the Singer specials built in the 1950s, I had become good friends with Peter McKercher, vice president of the North American Singer Owners Club.

In this case, I located the son and daughter of Dick Siebler, both still living in California, not far from where they grew up. Siebler’s daughter, Patricia, was excited that we had found the car her father built in 1955, and couldn’t wait to see it. She thought of it as part of her family and remembered her father building it and later riding in it. Siebler was proud of his accomplishment and won several trophies with his Special. In the summer of 2013, Rick D’Louhy—my partner in “Forgotten Fiberglass”—and I traveled from Florida to Los Angeles and spent a day with Patricia and her father’s car discussing memories of her dad, the car, and their family.

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