David Loring and His Kit Cars

15 Responses

  1. Seth Darvick says:

    A great article and extremely informative. This helps fill in some holes in the kit car history. Well done!!

    • Donnie says:

      Thanks Seth. Like I said, up until a few years ago I had never even heard of David Loring. What I wrote is not going to change whats already out there. Bruce weeks will always be known for the Invader kit cars, and Jim Kellison will be a good among followers, but at least the story as I know it can live here .

  2. Vic Smith says:

    Ahhh…so that’s why the Mantis looked so familiar to the Invader, or the other way around .

  3. Steve says:

    I have a mantis fibreglass dune buggy registered as1957, has anyone out there ever seen one?

  4. Marianne Marks says:

    I would love to know where you got your ” facts” from. As someone who knew Bruce well during these early years , your facts are way off.
    I spent hours upon hours sloshing mud from the bay into Bruce’s Marin county workshop with him. This mud ( and I’m wondering how YOU knew what bay mud smelled like in 1971) was used to make the mold for the Invader GT.
    Second, and this makes me chuckle, Bruce was NOT an ” art student”. He was 19 at the time, just how many years could he have spent at the College of Marin studying art, as you have stated? In those days, we both took maybe 3 or 4 courses , TOTAL.
    Did you KNOW Bruce at the time? No, you did not.
    Seems in the 40 plus years since this all took place, you have been doing a good deal of ” dreaming” yourself. Certainly not in the same league as Bruce’s however.Any knowledgeable reader would know one thing that you obviously do not: every ” kit car” from the 70’s shared many similarities.

    • Donnie says:

      There is a contact form on the top of the page. Feel free to send me photos from design, to clay mold, and to final product as well as anything else that can dispute the facts of David Loring.

      Since you were such good friends with Bruce you should be able to come up with all of that.

      Better yet if Bruce is still alive have him contact me via the website. I would love to hear his side of the story.

  5. Bryan mcpherson says:

    I had a very interesting interaction with an old man in a Chinese restaurant. I was driving a semi truck and did a little bit of damage to the fender and he approached us in this restaurant and asked me if he could fix it. Long story short he ended up fixing it and he told me his name was David Loring. I had no idea who that was and knew nothing about kit car designs but he gave me the business card to Lauren design and told me his shop and burn down. It would seem that he is now struggling to find work I would like to know for sure if he is actually David Loring because I work for a trucking company that would love to Have somebody like him to fix the trucks then the man I talk to you expressed great interest in it if this is really who he says he is you couldn’t ask for a better resume. Do you have any pictures of David Loring that I could see to make sure that this is who he says he is so I can get him some work?

  6. Carol Salomon-Bryant says:

    What do you know about the Hopkiln and Dave in Healdsburg in 1969 -1970ish? I was there. Just wanting to validate my perceptions.

  7. Alex vaughn says:

    Hey I was wandering if anybody on here that knows what windshield the kellison shark is using or if that is also a custom piece

  8. Daniel bevans says:

    Hi , I am a bit confused on the timeline of the Mantis Agean , Was these 2 gems built before Mr. Kaylor acquired the invader Kit Car company or after? Thanks

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