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About karmakvisser

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  1. Its easy to forget that for many years, GM was the largest corporation in the world. It was a long shot. I will filter back into the digital darkness and continue to be in awe of your creation. Many thanks for spending the time to share this passion with the group. regards ken
  2. Dear Roger, It has truly been such a wonderful ride, reading all these pages of your progress and creation. You've heard all the adjectives so I'll skip over the obvious accolades and appreciation for your sharing this experience with the rest of us. I do have a question for you. I recently met a very interesting fellow, Ray Koenig. He started in 1956 at GM and landed in Harvey Earl's Buick studio. Did you by chance ever cross paths with Ray? warm regards Ken Visser The attached photo show Ray Koenig on the left and legendary Motorama restorer Joe Bortz.
  3. Hey Paul, Thanks for the quick and well sorted out answer. Looks like you answered the question, great reference to the illustration. thanks for the info regards ken
  4. I had the pleasure of meeting a very interesting fellow, Ray Koenig, at this year's Barrett-Jackson auction. I was onsite for the Velocity Channel to do still photography and conduct interviews for the Velocity blog. Ray was a GM designer and started back in 1956 with Harvey Earl. I ended up doing a series of interviews with him discussing the evolution of the tail fin. We started with the distinctive rear end of a 57 Desota. Evidently someone had spotted a version of this tail fin in the Desota parking lot in 54 which prompted the discussion at the GM studios "Well, what are we going to do?" Organically, the 57 Caddy had already started to sprout a tail fin of less stature but still prominent. And then of course, there was the grandaddy of them all, the 59 Needless to say, I had a grand time learning from someone who was in the bull pit, knowing all the characters, speak of the design process of where all this incredible and vivacious design came from. Ray went on to record an interview with one of our Velocity personalities concerning the 59 Cadillac. Then someone piped into the conversation that the parade boot as scene on the 59 Biarritz convertible was not an option for that year. He questioned the validity of the restoration at that point. Everything that I could find that the Biarritz Cadillac of 59 only had 4 options: Just four options were available for the Eldorado – air conditioning, cruise control, the Autronic-Eye automatic headlight dimmer and E-Z Eye glass, along with a no-cost bucket seat option for the Biarritz. Both the Biarritz convertible and the Seville hardtops carried a lofty base price of $7,401 when new, with only 1,320 examples of the Biarritz produced. All the photos I could dig up all indicated that the Biarritz Caddies had body colored parade boots. So it must have been a standard item on that version of the Series 62. Does anyone have information as to the validity of that statement? I emailed Mark Lizewskie earlier and he suggested posting the question here. Ray has found the contact info for the designer of the 58 and 59 Cadillacs but we are unsure if he'll get a responce. I look forward to any information we can glean from the group. warm regards Ken Visser Velocity Blogger photographer of all the images included in this post. All taken at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson auction.
  5. Have you tried the HAMB? Its the Hokey A$$ Message Board. THE H.A.M.B. - Powered by vBulletin Its one of the busiest forums I've ever visited. Very cool stuff there. regards ken
  6. What you consider weak points I consider challenges! Man, I wish I meant that. The electronics are definitely a stress inducer. I have to replace the hydralic lines and clean up some of the relays and rebuild my window switches and .... The list goes on. regards ken
  7. I'm the new guy on the block. I just found this site which looks like a very cool place to visit. I have a 1964 Lincoln Continental Convertible that I am trying to keep on the road. I'm currently having the tranny rebuilt. I have a rebuilt motor that I've been hiding for several years that I plan to sneak into the car. Then I need to redo the top and then.... I'm a life long automotive enthusiasts and photographer. I chased my first car down at the age of 12 or so. It was a 66 427 Cobra that took me 2 years to locate. It would drive by and I would pedal furiously to see where it turned. I eventually found its lair, introduced myself to the owner and asked to take some photos. Under the promise of anonymity, I was allowed to photograph it and get a ride! From there it never stopped. I've had the pleasure to meet with Steve Moskowitz and also spent 2 days photographing the AACAmuseum for Automobile Quarterly. I had a great time doing that and meeting a bunch of the volunteers. They even let me drive the 35 White limo! I've also done a bunch of concours judging at Radnor, the Burn Foundation, the inaugural Louisveille Concours on the grounds of the Kentucky Derby and this year the St Michaels concours. warm regards ken