I am indebted to Colin Herperger for these pictures. When I lived in Canada I mentioned to him how much I liked the way Manitobans rebuilt their cars with duct tape (a good friend of mine used to have a Volvo estate that was held together with so much that it appeared as much tape as steel). Colin, a native of Saskatchewan, replied in his laconic Saskatchewan drawl “ah, we call that Sasky Chrome”. Inspired by the post a couple of days ago of the highly wrought hot rods at the L.A. Roadsters show, he sent me these to show how it is really done.
In fact they are plaster casts of the originals at the V and A plaster court (in London) and in the Museum of the City of Architecture and Heritage in Paris, where there is a full size reconstruction of an apartment from the Marseilles Unité on the floor above (including some original fittings). Their precision and detail has a different quality to the cement scenography in say the theme park sections of Universal Studios or the themed hotels in Las Vegas (which are typically re-scaled) that appear as reproductions of film sets.
I have long admired the lightweight and inventive sports cars designed by Colin Chapman, especially in the late fifties, but when I was living in Canada I became interested in traditional hot rods, built out of pre-sixties cars but especially the pre ’50s cars where the separate chassis and flat glass makes the cars available for all sorts of home garage improvisation. These images are from the LA Roadsters Show in 2011.