HE'S CALLED "THE BUBBLE TOP KING", and with his very first car "The Predicta", he established himself as one of the most forward-thinking customizers in the Rod & Custom Industry. But that was only the beginning of a long string of those exotic Bubble Tops that DARRYL STARBIRD would create !
Darryl is not only one of the most Legendary customizers in the Industry but he is also a good friend, so at his 48th Annual Tulsa Rod & Custom Show in 2012, I wanted to get the story behind one of his early Bubble Tops that has always intrigued me: "THE FORCASTA".
Darryl's memories of the builds he's done never cease to amaze me and, in this story, I learned about the "Three Lives" that the Forcasta has lived, how it changed owners & shapes, and where it was as of the time of this Interview.
SO, SETTLE BACK for the next few minutes and enjoy Darryl's story of how & why he wanted to build this iconic Bubble Top, where the basic structure of the car came from, and, how Darryl's Aircraft Engineering background helped pull it all together and make it a Cover Car for the March, 1962 Issue of Car Craft Magazine ! JK
The First Version of the Forcasta (Photo Courtesy of Kustomrama)
The Second Version of the Forcasta (Photo Courtesy of Kustomrama)
The Third Version of the Forcasta (Photo Courtesy of Kustomrama)
THE FANTASTIC FORCASTA actually started life as a humble, used, 1960 Corvair ?
DARRYL STARBIRD, always moving toward the future with "forward looking" customs, turned that little Corvair into an iconic, award-winning car that captured "the look of motion" when standing still with the FORCASTA.
SPECIAL NOTE :
YOU CAN SEE MY COMPLETE REVIEW of Darryl's book in the "Hot Off The Press" Section ! Just Click-On This Link and scroll down the Page till you see the Cover of Darryl's book...it is SUPERB and you need it for your R&C Library !
The Kustomrama website is also very cool, with lots of info on the R&C Pioneers, plus plenty of photos ! Check-it out: www.kustomrama.com