A Chat With Craig Vetter

Aug 25, 2013
Coeur d'Alene, ID
Craig was on his way back home from multiple events, including the Vintage Days Vetter Challenge and decided to stop in and stay the night in Bakersfield.

I was able to meet Craig at his hotel for breakfast. How fun this was! He told me what happened on his trip and all details of the Streamliner theft. It is always a great conversation with Craig, he has so much information to share about the Vetter past and future.

We spoke about the Mystery Ship and how it came to be (there are only 10 of them, with a found 11, and possibly 12). I also learned about the companies collapse after it was bought out, and how Bell acquired all the assets after the collapse. Very interesting story.

Another neat tidbit is that the Quicksilver did not really come out like he had designed or planned and again was changed when the company was acquired.

Did you know that there were only 5 Terraplane sidecars made when Craig owned the company? There were some safety concerns and issues, so Craig decided that they would not build the Terraplane. After the company was sold the new owner decided to resurrect the Terraplane. It is thought that this may have been a factor in the collapse of the company, due to safety issues and lawsuits.

So much to learn, so many questions I had. He has documented every moment in history. His photo documented journey is absolutely amazing. I can't wait for his book to come out. From what I have seen of it, there is lots and lots of new information about the Vetter history.

If you guys have questions about products, the past, or the future please post them in the Ask Craig a Question area. He loves to answer questions.