Friday, May 21, 2010

Rare Boss Mustang Assembly Plant Photos

Muscle cars reached collector status sometime in the early 80s. That's not to say that their value skyrocketed at that time, but enthusiasts were already starting to buy them up and restore them. And, they were collecting, publishing and when the Internet age hit, posting every little thing about them that they could find. There is so much stuff out there, it's amazing - from vintage neon and metal signs, to car manuals, photographs and ads from back in the day. You need only to travel to a swap meet or car show to find lots of treasures. But after a few years, you figure you've seen pretty much all that's out there.  So, that when after all these years, something "new" (that's actually old) crops up, it's pretty amazing. Such is the case with the Randy Hernandez collection of photos.

Michael got his first glimpse of Randy's photos of the Kar Kraft Brighton Michigan Plant in Mustang Magazine a few months ago. Featuring the aerial of the plant in a double-page spread, the images were amazing to see. Turns out, the photos were Randy's dads, Fran Hernandez, who worked at Kar Kraft back in '69. He was the Manufacturing Liaison Manager (the most senior Ford Motor Company employee on-site).

Timing is everything ... especially when it comes to being inspired to paint. Michael had been thinking about a Boss painting for a while. He had just started sketching out some ideas when he saw the magazine layout ... and the rest is history! We contacted Randy and bought a CD from him with over 20 never-before-seen pics - pretty cool! It was that little bit of inspiration that Michael needed. Here's a sneak peek at the final creation - "Boss Building". It'll be released this weekend.

For information on how you can get your hands on these rare photos, contact Randy Hernandez (he's located in Michigan). — Linda

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