Monte Hellman of Two Lane Blacktop lived in Laurel Canyon for many years. Above his kitchen table he had a huge original movie poster from Two Lane. He knew about the whereabouts of the 55 Chevy at the time but I asked him if he knew where the GTO is. He said no and as far as he knew no one does. He commented that he drove the GTO around LA for a few months and he didn't know where it went. He didn't say it belonged to the studio then but I think that's correct. It is a great movie, Monte's best I think.
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This is very sad. One can't possibly comment on a big name company like Edelbrock pulling the plug on most of their CA operation and terminating many jobs without mentioning the toxic environment created by the complete incompetence of the CA state and local governments. The ridiculous taxes and regulations being crammed down the throats of all who do business in the once great example of American entrepreneurship: California. Companies and high functioning residents are fleeing in droves to escape to more tax friendly environments. Many more major corporations are planning to move elsewhere taking with them many of their high value executive and labor workforce. The political machine obviously doesn't get and I doubt they ever will. I remember well going through the plant and office tour at Edelbrock in 2012 during which Vic Edelbrock Jr. appeared throughout the tour with enthusiasm explaining various aspects of the production and quality control. I gained a real admiration for his sense of loyalty to his employees and customers. He explained that in the financial down turn in the 80s people were not spending money on performance products and they barely survived. He said many of their competitors later went out of business having resorted to turning to other countries; Mexico, China etc. in an attempt to stay afloat. He said they would not ship those jobs overseas or over the border. They kept their foundries in central CA producing castings and kept their doors open in Torrence. He said even during the bleakest time we didn't fire people because they are the backbone of the company. Even when they had a small amount of orders to keep going they tried their best to not fire anyone. At times they cut workers hours to the minimum but everyone got a check, at least some pay. He proudly said their products are made in the USA. I certainly admired his business ethics. I hope today these jobs will not end up in China and elsewhere. I'd bet the days are numbered for the foundries they still operate in CA.
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