Letters Issue 18

Dear SM,

Whilst devouring the November issue, I read the letter from Dave about show report pages. I don’t mind the “busy-ness,” as you put it, but what’s missing are the captions. The pics used to be numbered, with a list of captions usually describing engine type, cubic inches, and something about each of the cars shown. A little bit more work for the reporters, but add the captions back and you’ll score the win light for sure.

Chris Jenkins, via email

Fair comment, Chris, I’m usually pretty lax with the captions in order to get more pics in! Does anyone agree with Chris? DS, SM

Dear SM,

I loved the Welcome editorial in Issue 17. The time you speak of is also the end of the Capri, no coincidence surely. It also marks the advent of one-piece plastic bumpers, more or less. Best not think about it too much.

Robert Ashworth, via email

I had another response to that editorial, Robert, and it said almost exactly the same thing! Spooky. I hope to run it next month, as it’s quite lengthy… DS, SM

Dear SM,

I read with great interest your article in issue 17, November 2018, covering Mark Whitehead’s 1941 Cadillac limousine pick-up. The car was originally converted to a pick-up from the wrecked limousine by myself, in 2001. During the conversion, I sourced an original dash with gauges, added the Dodge ‘Pilothouse’ pick-up bed and Eighties Caddy steering column. The car had no engine when I got it, so I installed the 360ci from a ’77 Ramcharger and trans from a Seventies Dodge D100 pick-up. I had the front seat re-trimmed locally, added a headliner and refurbished the interior wood door trim. The roof was fabricated using a section from a Seventies Commer van, with the original limo rear window worked into the cab. The original limo running boards were also retained.

I notice there has been some modification to the cab roof since I owned it, which suits the car well. I’m glad to see the car is still on the road, as I did wonder what happened to it. However, I am a somewhat disappointed that someone has taken credit for pretty much all of work I did 17 years ago. Attached are a few photos of the car from 2002.

I understand the author of the article is not expected to verify everything he was told, and that you should not be expected to get involved with ‘arguments’ between readers, but publishing my letter may act as a deterrent to others to not represent work as being their own when it is not. In this case, Mr Whitehouse has done some overall minor modifications to the car, but some out and out untrue claims have been made. I feel that customising/hot rodding is much like art or music, and credit should be given to the actual ‘artist’, in much the same way that Chip Foose would never take credit for a George Barris project (way different leagues, of course, but the sentiment is the same).

Paul Bone, via email

OK, sometimes things get lost in translation. Between interviewee, interviewer (in this case, Steve Edwards), editor and print, some facts can get a little twisted. This was a fairly sweeping statement, though, so I asked Mark for his reply. Mark said:

“Hi Dave, thanks for this. I did get an envelope full of invoices for parts and work done that had Paul Bone’s name on them. I did try to trace him to see what had happened to it and what had been done, but couldn’t trace him. When I got the Caddy, yes, someone had tried to do it as a pick-up. He is showing the good side; I now show the other side. When I got it, it was a rolling shell. No engine, gearbox, wiring, lights, and no interior, just a bit of carpet. As you can see, I totally reshaped it. However, I do accept that the inspiration was there.”

I consider the matter closed, and if Paul and Mark wish to discuss it further, that’s their business. DS, SM