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Old 10-10-2017, 10:17 PM #1291
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Bob Sorrell sitting in his unfinished Sorrell Custom Roadster



Hemp in the Fast Lane

In 1953 Bob Sorrell would turn the automotive world upside down. In a car show that year he would premier his SR-100 sports car to a stunned crowd.

Everyone who saw his car at the show knew it had something special, but what made this car so special? It was made of Hemp!

Not only was Sorrell's car made of hemp, but he also showed the world how to make one yourself from scratch in your own garage!



1954 Sorrell-Manning SR-100 Special


Beginning in October 1954 and culminating in February 1955, Bob Sorrell documented the process to make your own hemp core fiberglass car in the automotive magazine 'Car Craft'.

The first step in making Sorrell's hemp sports car was to make a mock up body. This mock body would be the foundation to lay down the hemp cored fiberglass to the right shape.

First wooden templates were set every 10 inches the length of the car.



Bob Sorrell's wooden mock-up of the Sorrell SR-100 body with wood templates set every 10 inches



Placing heavy paper and chicken wire in between the wooden templates gives the desired shape. To get a smooth surface to lay the fiberglass down on, plaster is filled in past the wooden templates of the mock-up body.








After the plaster has had time to dry, the surface is scraped and sanded until a solid body is formed.



Scraping the plaster off Sorrell's mock-up
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Hemp in the Fast Lane Continued, part 2 of 4...




With the solid mock-up frame, it is now time to make the hemp cored fiberglass body.

Clay is used to separate the areas of the car as seams. This is done to get separate pieces that will fit together after completion. If using a singular body, this step can be skipped.

After a light dusting of powder on the mock-up surface, a thin layer of fiberglass plaster is applied to about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.



Sorrell Applying fiberglass plaster to the SR-100 mock-up


While the first thin layer of plaster is still wet, the core of the car body is placed. The core holding the whole project together is made of Hemp!

Taking cut pieces of hemp cloth, the hemp is dipped into and soaked in the fiberglass plaster. The saturated hemp is then laid in a single layer on the still wet mock-up. This second layer will act like a core holding the fiberglass body together.



Hemp cloth soaked in fiberglass plaster is applied in a single layer


Next the final layer of fiberglass plaster is added on top of the hemp core. This is a rough layer making sure to have the depth needed for the mold.



Layering fiberglass plaster on top of the hemp core


Cutting, scraping and sanding, the hemp cored fiberglass body is now shaped into its final form. After drying the mold is removed from the mock-up body.



Cutting basic shape in the formed fiberglass plaster
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Hemp in the Fast Lane Continued, Part 3 of 4...





Scraping and smoothing the formed fiberglass plaster body of the Sorrell SR-100


With the body shape done, a primer and paint job complete the look for Bob Sorrell's 1954 SR-100 hemp cored fiberglass roadster!



Dick Lane's, 1954 Sorrell SR-100


Sorrell's design made it easy for many options including lambo style doors and roof as presented in his concept car in 1953.



1954 Sorrell SR-100 with top and doors shown at a 1953 car show as a concept kit car
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Hemp in the Fast Lane Continued, Part 4 of 4...




Sorrell's hemp cored fiberglass bodies would be sold in both the original designed SR-100 and the newer SR-190 Coupe. Both 'Glass' models were priced under $500 dollars!



Original Sorrell SR-100 advertisement


Sorrell SR-190 Coupe advertisement



Sorrell's hemp fiberglass bodies were made to fit right onto a Austin Healey frame making this custom kit car a cinch to bolt and play.

The singular body models were fitted with a hydraulic lifted body to make working on the engine that much easier. Of course this also upped the cool factor.



1954 Sorrell-Manning SR-100 Special, body lift to work on engine



In 1955 the hempen Sorrell SR-100 was taken to the Bonneville Flats to test the performance.

The hempen car hit an amazing 174mph before busting its driveshaft ending the testing early. Some say it would have broken the world record that year if not prematurely busted driveshaft.

The Sorrell SR-100, Hemp in the fast lane...



1954 Sorrell-Manning SR-100 Special
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That hemp car is 100 times more cool than Cheech and Chong's hemp truck!
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That hemp car is 100 times more cool than Cheech and Chong's hemp truck!


At 174mph not even fully floored, I'm guessing this hemp car would run doughnuts around Cheech and Chong's shag-a-wagon too
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