it all started...
Cleaning out a garage
It all started in the early to mid-1970's, when a tried and true Ford
drag racer decided to clean out his garage. Rising insurance costs, and
long lines during the gas shortage had brought the muscle car era to a
screeching hault. Ford Motor Company had retired from drag racing, and
there would be no more calls to Chuck Foulger, (Ford Drag Racing Manager),
to replace broken parts, or to get the latest in "out the back door
experimental" engine components.
Time to liquidate some "serious iron"
With literally tons of Ford high performance parts ranging from 427 SOHC
engines, to rows of 9" nodular rear ends, it was time for this ex-drag
races to liquidate some "serious iron". A list was made and
sent out to 88 fellow drag racers which included names like: Dyno Don
Nicholson, Mickey Thompson, Gapp & Roush, Lee Holman (Holman &
Moody), and many more names I'm sure you'd recognize.
subscriber base was established
Some racers bought, some traded, and some had parts they wanted to liquidate.
For a small fee, a second list was compiled which included both cars and
parts for sale from other racers. A subscriber base was established and
a third, fourth, and fifth list was sent out.
Super Ford Part Exchange
And so it began, "The Super Ford Parts Exchange",
which included a special feature article researched by the editor called
the "Super Ford Collector Series",
featuring the awesome artwork of automotive specialty artist Tom Hamilton.
Every car that was chosen to be the subject of a "Collector Series",
was painstakingly researched by the editor himself to insure acuracy.
Many trips were made to the "Ford Archives" in Dearborn Michigan,
and many hours were spent sifting thru file after file gathering the facts
directly from Ford Motor Company.
Officially "Super Ford Magazine"
By 1980 the "Super Ford Parts Exchange" officially became "Super
Ford Magazine" it featured full color pictures, and the "Super
Ford Collector Series" articles graduated to full color soon after.
These articles have played an important part in separating fact from fiction
in Ford Motor Company history, and dispelling hearsay by replacing it
with actual research material from the "Ford Archives".
copies for sale !
Now, John Paradise, (the original editor and publisher), is offering original
uncirculated prints of the "Super Ford Collector Series" that
have been in storage for over 18 years ! They are in excellent uncirculated
condition. Not only are they very informative, they are great when framed
for your wall, or displayed with your car at shows or cruises.
86 "Collector Series" available again
A number of the original 86 different "Collector Series" were
completely sold out, but the demand for these prints was still high. Now,
thru the magic of lazer print reproduction, all 86 different "Collector
Series" are available again. (Some of the originals may exhibit a slight
yellowing of the paper, from just from sitting in storage, not unusual for
magazine paper. I'm sure you have seen this in older magazines. None of
this affects the readability of the articles, or the artwork. The gold colored
border around the collector series shown is not a part of the actual collector
series sheet, it has been put in to help it stand out in this ad. The ebay
pictures do not do these articles justice, the actual collector series is
much clearer and brighter.)
ORIGINAL JOHN PARADISE'S COLLECTOR SERIES FROM SUPER FORD MAGAZINE