Junior Styles Tomorrow’s Cars (Mar, 1947)
The models are nice, but I love the hat.
Junior Styles Tomorrow’s Cars
Watch out, you professional car designersâ€”these up and coming ‘teen agers will have your jobs!
THE automobile of tomorrow should have a rear engine, better visibility and smooth and unbroken body linesâ€”so think the youthful winners in the 1946 competition of the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild.
The lads seem to be on the beam. Look at their models!
David W. Whitman chiseled and filed his car out of pine. Little Virgil M. Exner, only 13, turned out a job nearly the equal of a professional designer’s, the experts say. Virgil is the son of the chief designer for the Studebaker Corp., and seems to have inherited his father’s talents. In a well-equipped workshop, with side trips to a nearby dime store, he made a beautiful plaster of Paris rear-engine model with radiator intakes along the front edges of the rear fenders. Vincent J. Rauth, 19, a farmer boy, won with a two-tone job in light and midnight blue, with plexiglas windowsâ€”using chiefly a chisel, wood rasp and sandpaper. Robert J. Hartlieb, Jr., 16, offered a model of balsa wood, machining the wheels out of aluminum. Charles C. Bradley, 14, gave the front of his model a spinner like that on an airplane propeller, for letting air into a duct that carries it back to the rear engine.
The competition is held for boys in the age groups 12 to 15 and 16 to 19. They may submit models either of the automobile of tomorrow or the Napoleonic coach of yesterday. Eight university scholarships and nearly twelve hundred cash awards, to the value of over $75,000, are offered. There is no entrance fee. Each boy who enrolls is given a complete Plan Book with sketches and instructions. Applications may be addressed to the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild, General Motors Building, Detroit 2, Mich. The 1947 competition closes June 15.