A HALL OF FAME LEGENDS SERIES
"THE ROD & CUSTOM DREAM TRUCK SAGA", PT. 2
In PART 1 of my converstation with SPENCE MURRAY, the founding Editor of Rod & Custom Magazine, Spence gave us his first-hand account of the crash that happened on October 21, 1958, the parting-out, and, eventual sale of the wrecked body of this truly unique truck.
NOW IN PART 2, we follow "The Mystery of the Missing Truck" : The decades-long search for the Industries first "step-by-step-build-up" vehicle, and one of most famous Customs in History, it's eventually being found and restored, and where it is today: "THE ROD & CUSTOM DREAM TRUCK" !
PLUS, in an Exclusive Interview that I did with one of the original Master Builders of the Dream Truck, the Legendary GEORGE BARRIS, George gave me his reaction to what had happened to the truck after the accident when Spence had it towed back to his shop in L.A. and he got to take a good look at it !
This you won't want to miss !! JK
SPECIAL NOTE: The man that Spence mentions in the story who searched for the truck, eventually found it, and, had it restored, was BRUCE GLASCOCK.
Armed with Spence's info, Bruce tracked the Dream Truck, and its then-owner, to Stockton, California. That was in 1971. In reality, it took many years before the owner finally agreed to sell it, at which time Bruce enlisted Carl Green & Wesley Jones in Bartelsville, Oklahoma, to restore the truck....which they did, perfectly !
And of course later, after owning it for several years, Bruce parted with the truck and sold it to our friend Kurt McCormick who owns it now.
(Above left: The '58 Chevy towing truck & the Dream Truck after the wreck in Kansas; Above right: a close-up of the Dream Truck after the wreck)
(Above left: The Dream Truck before the accident; Above right: The Dream Truck after being towed from the accident)
(Top Of Page: The restored R & C Dream Truck now owned by my old friend, Kurt McCormick; Above: Spence Murray, Kurt McCormick, and, Jonnie, on the lakefront show grounds at Darryl Starbird's National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame. )
SPENCE MURRAY was the Founding Editor of ROD & CUSTOM MAGAZINE. If you haven't heard his story about how, and why, R&C was created simply click-on here and listen !
[NOTE: Special thanks to my friend Dick "Fuzzy" Fuerholzer for sending the above photos of the "Dream Truck" accident from his archives. JK]