The gallery was hung with original sketches and art work of his automotive design. Concept drawings abounded showing space age and futuristic thinking applied to the models such as the Oldsmobile Tornado, Chrysler Imperial, Olds 442 and Race Cars. Each was hand drawn and painted on paper in the days before computer aided design. It also included his work on one of the more famous cars he worked on, the Plymouth 'Cuda. It was a joy to walk around and see the concepts and think about what might have and could of been if certain design cues had been adopted by the automobile makers.
The lovely hand model is the TSHF Museum's very own Vice Poobah of Retail Procurement : David
As we were finishing up our viewing of the show, we realized that Mr. Hood was there in the lobby. So I got to meet him and thank him for sharing with us the fine work that I hope more people will get to see. Not only so that he can get some well deserved credit for his contributions to automobile history but also for fans of the genre to experience some rarely seen art of the automobile culture.
This is me meeting Mr. Hood. He's patiently holding the Hot Wheel I brought that I thought might make a interesting story telling element to the picture but it didn't really work out. You can't see it so it looks like he's introducing a trained monkey man. Photo by Mrs. Super Happy Funtime.
And now the bad news. Because of my busy work schedule I haven't been able to visit the show until today (July 28) and report on it. This was the last day it was going to hang. I don't know where these works will appear again. So, if you were in the neighborhood and wanted to attend, sorry, it's gone. But at least I've got some pictures to share. Enjoy!
By the way, here's a link to the local newspaper's online article about the show.