The book's cover gives the false
impression that the scale model "dream cars"
are the prime subject matter. The author treats
the Napoleonic Coach Competition, coach building
and the coach-builders extensively having worked
in close consultation with Mr. Skip Geear,
America's top expert and guru on the subject.
Skip runs the famous FBCG Foundation and Mini-Museum
in Eagle Point, Oregon. The coach chapter
is a major achievement and has taken years and
years of research to complete. You can learn more
about Skip Geear, the Foundation and contents
of the Mini-Musuem at the Fisher
Body Online website. To head directly
to the article about the Mini-Museum and the life-size
coach created by Francis Londo, click
Not to be out done, the scale model "dream
car" makers, as the author likes to call
them, get equal treatment with lots of period-vintage
photographs, photo enhanced "how-to"
descriptions, and recently prepared, and unedited,
autobiographies written by many of Detroit's top
auto designers, Design Chiefs, Directors of Design,
and Design Executives who got their start as teenagers
the Fisher Body Craftman's Guild.
Besides the history of the miniature model coach
building and scale model "dream car"
making, the book features 60 autobiographies and
biographies, written by and about the top scholarship
winning Guildsmen; their lives, their times and
their accomplishments. Many of them became a generation
and a half of America's top industrial designers
specializing in automobile and automotive styling/design,
consumer products, graphics and packaging as well
as interior and exterior architectural design.
The Guild people influenced our aesthetic world
for 35 to 40 years and made it a better place.
The history, memorabilia and the people of the
Craftsman's Guild are thoroughly covered.