Monday, January 2, 2012

Celebrate the Deuce

This is the 80th anniversary of the great "Deuce" and the 
Grand National Roadster Show will be celebrating with 80 driven Deuces on display and more.

1932 is an important year in American history and culture. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to office at the forefront of the Depression; Amelia Earhart became the first female to complete a solo transatlantic flight; the Yankees won their fourth straight World Series, and Ford Motor Company introduced the first affordable mass produced V-8 powered car - the 1932 Ford Model B also known as the "Deuce"
The Deuce is the quintessential car to modify into a hot rod. Its unique design and rarity have led to the construction of some of the most beautifully designed hot rods ever built. 
1932 was the worst year in car sales history. Mainly due to the Depression, but also because Ford's Model A had become obsolete. People wanted a more luxurious, sleeker, faster car, all the while being affordable to the average American.
Edsel, Henry Ford's only son, was the key designer of the Deuce. Edsel's design was a car for the masses. It was practical and aesthetically pleasing, making it a masterpiece of automotive design. The Deuce was on sale for only six months, solidifying it as a prized commodity.
The following year Ford introduced several design changes, while other car manufactures followed his example of affordable, fast luxury cars.  The Deuce marks the end of an era and sets the precedent of another.

Faith Granger is the creative force behind this independent film and I thought it was a pretty good flick, especially considering the limited budget she had to work with.  Check it out.

I met Faith at the Grand National Roadster Show, LA just after the release and bought a copy of this film.  I wouldn't be surprised if she shows up this year for the celebration.
she comes to this Deuce celebration

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