Bill Henderson's 1940 Willys had a lot more nose down attitude than most of its contemporaries. Running a supercharged, fuel burning 392 Chrysler built by Chet Herbert, Henderson's Willys ran as a full bodied fuel car and not a gasser. The wild paint job was the work of none other than Larry Watson.
Larry Watson redefined the custom car when he loaded up the spray gun to paint his then new 1958 Ford Thunderbird.Intricate paint schemes became the new hammer and torch as custom cars gleamed under the latest metalflakes, candies and pearls.
1966 saw things at Lincoln-Mercury starting to get a little funny. The Plastigage Corporation was enlisted to producefour fiberglass Comet bodies for each of their match race drivers. From the outside, they had the appearance of stock bodied Comets, except Jack Chrisman's GT-1. Jack hacked the roof straight of his car and turned it into a wild roadster. This roofless wonder was a very strong performer, running over 180 mph in the quarter, until parachute failure destroyed the plastic projectile.After running out of strip and stopping power, the GT-1 crashed, burning to the ground.