copyright and courtesy John Hutnick
Text copyright Michael J. Fuller
Hutnick shouldn't be too unfamiliar to Mulsanne's Corner readers.
His World Sports Car
concept has been featured here for some time. John Hutnick currently
makes his living as a consultant automotive designer.
John grew up in Detroit in the 60s during the muscle car era. His passion for automobiles was fueled by the proximity of the Hurst Performance Research shops to his high school. Watching 440 Wedges and 426 Hemi Darts doing test burn outs just around the corner was intoxicating. John even worked for Hurst while in high school employed as a fabricator and mechanic, traveling across the U.S. with the American Motors Javelin Race Team.
John started out at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, majoring in engineering but found that he, "Didn't like the numbers". He transferred to the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit and finished out his college career in Industrial Design.
Hutnick's early design career started out at Calty Design, Toyota's west coast design think-tank, working on such vehicles as the '78 Toyota Celica. John moved on in the late 70s, working on freelance and entrepreneurial projects.
In 1989 John was hired by All American Racing to set up AAR's wind tunnel modeling and design studio. Mr. Hutnick has been gracious enough to share some of his memories and pictures of that era.