I spotted this old abandoned trailer recently in a local park. The decals that were still on it brought back many memories from the 50's and 60's in southern California. Many of the "hot rod culture," had one or the other, or both of these decals prominently displayed on there cars. A bit of info follows...
Dean Moon (May 1, 1927 - June 4, 1987), raised since childhood in Norwalk, California. He was an avid "car guy" and mechanic heavily involved in dry lakes racing and speed equipment with a keen sense for business. He founded MOON Speed Equipment business (c.1950) and continued to improve the quality and safety of speed and racing products his entire life. He is one of the original founding members that created SEMA in 1963.
Moon purchased the Potvin company of Chuck Potvin, good friend and manufacturer of ignitions, camshafts and blower drives, in 1960. In 1962, he moved the company to the Moon Equipment building in Santa Fe Springs, California, and continued producing Potvin products.
The very first A.C. Shelby Cobra to reach the United States, delivered to Carroll Shelby, was fitted with a Ford V8 engine and transmission at Dean Moon's shop in Santa Fe Springs, in February, 1962. This historic location at 10820 S Norwalk Blvd is where MOONEYES still resides today.
Moon fitted a Ford 429 race engine to the Lincoln Futura concept car which became the Batmobile used in the Batman television series. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Moon
Mr. Horsepower is the cartoon mascot and logo of Clay Smith Cams, an auto shop established in 1931. He is a sneering, cigar-smoking bird with red feathers and a yellow beak. The image is a caricature of legendary hot rod guru Clay Smith (1921-1954), well known for his red hair. Mr. Horsepower is rarely without a cigar, but when he is, he has a "cigar replacement" - such as a candy cane for the holidays. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Horsepower
Thanks as always for your views and comments, much appreciated!
20 February 2014
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