(Music by Ben von Wildenhaus)
John Findra took the top down on his 2007 black Corvette at my request. We were starting our day with a trip across Hardeeville, South Carolina, to visit an auto body shop that inspires his artwork, 1:24 models of abandoned junker cars. On the drive, John told me that his love affair with automobiles goes back to childhood memories of the 1950s. It was the era of tailfins, chrome and custom color combinations, marketed in print and TV to the first car culture generation. John recalls cutting pictures of cars out of magazines and playing with them on the floor of his family’s New Jersey home. He keeps his love of the machines from those days alive by building them in replica. By his account, he has assembled thousands of models in his lifetime since completing his first at age seven. These days, much of his business comes from customers seeking replicas of their favorite old cars.
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