Got some cool news outside of the restoration itself though, but every bit Squire Shop related of course!
Did you know that "The Squire Shop" clothing stores were not limited to just Bob Steil's niche in the retail market? There were other such named stores across the country over the years, but here's one that is still in business and even uses the same name and very similar font for their business?
You can see what I mean below...
Gary Laws (yours truly) and Bob Steil were interviewed a few weeks ago for the David Newton "Roostertailtalk" podcast show and the segment was just released today as a matter of fact. Bob and i talk about the teams past, as well as the current state of the restoration and how we got to where we are today. This is a two part episode, and you can find the first segment at the links below. A big shout out goes to Mr. Newton for giving us this amazing opportunity to promote the project!
About a year ago, the team came up short in it's pursuit of acquiring the original 1979 Squire Shop trailer. If you look around enough, you will see who in fact ended up with it. I'm not going to plug that organization here, but bet your ass we gave it our best shot!
That being said, we have not given up and have been working on a plan to find a worthy successor. The good news is that we have indeed purchased a trailer, but i won't let the cat out of the bag just yet until it is actually in our possession. But i wanted to share this news with you that yes, we have indeed found the trailer we will be using for the 1979 Squire Shop..............you will NOT be disappointed, trust me!
And finally, I want to tell you about a special project i am working on for next years Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum's annual Gala fundraising event. It's no secret that the 1979 Squire Shop hull was in poor condition once we opened it up and started poking around. The wood was pretty much shot and unusable in the hull going forward...............but that doesn't mean is wasn't valuable in other aspects.
So we saved some of the pieces (frames, batons, etc.) and set them aside for potential uses later on. We used some and incorporated them back into the hull awhile back as special honorary tributes to past team members from Squire Shop history. But there was so much more we could do, so I had an idea...
I decided to restore the 1979 Squire Shop myself.......sort of. I am taking a bunch of these pieces and am going to make a "one of a kind" 1979 Squire Shop 1/10th scale solid wood model using the actual wood from the hull!
How cool is that!!!
I have already begun shaving the wood down to "raw" material, and cleaned off all the old oil and contaminants to make them workable again. I will post progress as i go along, but this will be amazing once it's done. You will be able to bid on it at the auction next summer, and this will be the only one ever made in this way. I'll make a separate section once I get going enough to show progress, but keep an eye out for it soon.
More to come!!!