THE BUSINESS OF IDEAS

We just saw an interesting post over on the RM Auction site: looks like a salt flats pedal car, fabricated by Troy Trepanier’s “Rad Rides By Troy” is going to be auctioned off during this year’s Pebble Beach concours events.

Now, what’s even more interesting is that Troy’s shop has apparently built a real-scale version of this thing, too. Heard it’s just about finished, if it ain’t finished already and may be making its debut at Bonneville this year. That’s what “they” say, anyway.

And what’s even more interesting than that? Well, take a look above: on the left is Tim Conder’s illustration of his “One Wrench Wench” concept that he started chatting with us about back in ’03 and we watched materialize with markers and hang on the wall of his Conder Custom paint booth. Now, the idea of a ’32 Ford roadster as a land speed car isn’t new –– hell, they’ve been the flying bricks of Bonneville for decades. But Conder’s idea of a soap box derby-cum-salt flats-turned streamlined and smoothed roadster that just happened to be built with the same size bolt heads so that the whole thing could be disassembled and rebuilt with basically one wrench was really neat.

On the right is Trepanier’s scale version, apparently, of his full-size salt roadster.

Are there any truly new ideas in the world? Was Trepanier inspired by what Conder sketched roughly a decade ago? Should the provenance of ideas be determined and recognized? Interesting conversation here at the shop over this today…

2 Responses to “THE BUSINESS OF IDEAS”

  1. I think it’s pretty important for the provenance of ideas to be recognized. Whether it be a style of music or a chopped top. I’ve always been interested in finding the originator of a certain style or a product. There’s been too many people who’ve been “left on the shelf” because most people don’t give a damn about where, when, or why certain things started. I’m not a giant fan of Jesse James’ bikes but I thought it was pretty cool that he did a “history of the chopper” documentary awhile back. Some people might not have bothered to research a guy like Dick Allen or know who built the easyrider bikes. Whatever!….people blow!! Good thing this world’s done with in December!!

  2. Original work, ideas, and design should be recognized. Too often it is not.

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