of the Bertone B.A.T.'S at the 1989 Pebble
always fascinated me.
the '89 August R&T magazine came out featuring BAT 9, I knew
I couldn't miss going up to Montery.
I'm going to name drop like crazy, so bear with me.
article written and photographed by Strother MacMinn said in
a nut shell: It's 1963 and a 16 year old Gary Kaberle spies an
incredibly unusual car in front of the local Dodge-Plymouth dealership.
He has to have it. Tapping into his entire savings and a loan
from his not wealthy family, he puts everything into 50's and
100's and drops them on the manager's desk.
then drives home to Evart, Michigan in B.A.T. 9. Fast forward
to 1989. Gary is now a doctor and still owns the car. It will
be at PB along with it's older siblings - 5 and 7.
Gary. He had been talking to an older gentleman, but took the
time to tell me about his plans for the car. That's Gary signing
my R&T on 9 in the bottom right photo.
so I followed Bertone (that's him in the ice cream suit in the
bottom left photo) into a private function and asked for his
autograph. Got it on the same magazine.
Gary told me I should get Strother's (older gentleman) autograph
since I liked the article so much. He declined. I insisted. He
signed just above his name on the story.
was for many years head of Art Center School of Design's transportation
department. I ran into him from time-to-time, the last being
at a copy center in Pasadena. I mentioned to him he was the most
influential person in the world regarding automotive design.
He told me to 'stop right now!'. Strother was writing cutting-edge
articles for R&T in the 50's. His influence caused many major
car companies to locate their 'leading edge' design studios in