The Amick Windmobile of 1976: What was Mark Goldes’ Contribution?

In 1973, Mark Goldes formed a company named “SunWind Ltd” in Sebastopol, CA.

In November 1976, Popular Science magazine published an article describing a “Windmobile” invented by James Amick of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and showing photos of it, with the journalist in the driver’s seat. Here is how the article describes SunWind’s involvement:

“A photo of the DJ-1 [an earlier prototype] appeared in this magazine [What’s New, June ’74]. An alternative-energy company, SunWind Ltd. of Sebastopol, Calif., saw it and got interested in converting the land sailer into a highway vehicle. With financial and technical advice from SunWind, Douglas and Richard Amick handled the conversion job and repaired the arch.”

So, according to the article, the extent of Goldes’ contribution to the Amick Windmobile of 1976 was “financial and technical advice” – nothing more.

But in December 1976, Mark Goldes evidently began telling local reporters and others that his company, SunWind, in Sebastopol, California, had actually built the Windmobile, or parts of it, for James Amick, and then shipped them to Michigan.

Mark Goldes has never presented any evidence – such as contracts, correspondence, or photographs – that his company built any part of the Amick Windmobile of 1976.

Despite his complete inability to provide any supporting evidence, Goldes continues to insist that “The cover story for Popular Science in November of 1976 was our Windmobile.”