HE'S TACKLED MANY RESTORATIONS, built many cars of his own, and his garage holds some of the coolest cars to ever hit the streets. But MARK MORIARITY, never rests between cars for too long and his 3 year restoration of the Bill Cushenberry-built Car Craft "DREAM ROD" is living proof of that !
We talked about the "Dream Rod" a few years ago, right after he had acquired it, and since it was now finished and had made its 2009 debut, I wanted to check-out the rest of the story. So when we got together at Darryl Starbird's National R & C Hall Of Fame for the 14th Annual Induction Ceremonies Mark filled me in on all the details.
Even though he suffers, at times, from "mike fear"...Mark has a wealth of knowledge, lots of talent, and is very well respected in the R&C community. He's in both the NR&C Hall Of Fame, and, the KKOA Hall of Fame, and is one of the nicest guys in the Industry. JK
(Above left: The interior of the restored "Dream Rod"; Above right: Mark Moriarity's beautiful restoration of the "Dream Rod" as it was shown at the 2009 Detroit Autorama.)
(Above left: Bill Cushenberry buffing out the paint on the "Dream Rod"; Above right: The "Dream Rod" restoration underway in Mark's garage.)
(Above left: The AMT Model Kit for the "Dream Rod"; Above right: MPC's Model Kit for the rebuilt version of the "Dream Rod" which was called the "Tiger Shark".)
The frame/chassis for the Car Craft "Dream Rod" originally came from a British-built Jowett Jupiter Sports Car...like those pictured below ?
NOTE: Some pictures on this page Courtesy of: Mark Moriarity, "Fuzzy" Fuerholzer, Rik Hoving, and, Street Rodder Magazine.
SPECIAL NOTE: The pictures of the Jowett Jupiter (shown above) are dedicated to the Memory of MR. RICHARD McGUINNESS who worked at the Jowett Factory in the 1930's. R.I.P. Mr. McGuinness . JK
PICTURED ABOVE are some of the workers at the Jowett Factory. The photo was taken during the Winter sometime in the late 1930's. RICHARD McGUINESS is the small man standing in the center of the front row.