For The Love of Motown Metal
Do you ever go to classic car shows? I'm not a motorhead, but I have fun poking around and looking at lovingly restored classic cars. I used to go a fair amount when my son was little because he was waaaaaaaay into cars back in the day. But now, it's more like once-per-year (if that). I went to one in Chesapeake City, got some good shots of some funky and classic cars, and thought a little bit of summertime fun would warm you on this freezing winter day. I also saw some other cars this summer that I thought you might want to see, too, and took some pictures of them. This is primarily a photo essay, but I'll pop in some songs and commentary where needed. Let's turn the ignition and hit the gas. I said hit the damn thing!
I really don't understand young people who don't want to drive or get their license. Say what? I got my license on the day I turned 16. It was freedom, fun, riding with the boys and getting into trouble. Let's not mention the word "moon" here, ok? The Beach Boys and NRBQ caught the freedom thing and the love of the vehicle itself. Here we go:
Back to the cars. Do you love woodie wagons? They are so beautiful. I saw quite a few, including a custom bus/camper thing that was out of this world. I love the surfing/skateboarding culture (I was a big skater back in the day), and these vehicles are enmeshed with the romance of that lifestyle. Of course, that lifestyle is basically changed forever and will never go back to the woodie days. But I'm a romantic, and these cars spoke to me.
Driving around town, you sometimes see interesting vehicles. I was in Florida a bit ago, and a guy had a hydraulic system that allowed him to go up on three wheels. He was popped up like that as he came around the corner of a very busy intersection. It was cool. I want one for my own car so that I can blast around a corner into work on three wheels and blow The Man's mind. The Man, of course, would be worried that I might damage his BMW and probably have me barred from the parking lot.
How weird is this? That image up above is of a casket. I saw it at a museum in Seattle. You've gotta love cars an awful lot to want to be buried in one. Hmmm.
That's a Corvair truck with the side loader. I had never seen one before, and had no idea that they made them. Interesting.
Fins! What a silly but cool thing. They go so big that they messed with the aerodynamics of the car and became dangerous.
Can you imagine a car show in 30 years? Will it be "here's a hybrid. I hated how it started and stopped all the time." Or, "here's a Tesla, way back before they went bankrupt trying to compete with electric cars from the established manufacturers." Who knows?
That's it for the cars. I have another one of interesting motorcycles, scooters, and other two-wheeled transportation devices. I'll pop that up soon/when I get to it. Here are a couple more tracks about cars to get you on your way. The Rockpile one is a true classic. Enjoy!
1/16/2018 01:00:31 pm
"honey I want to know what you're doing in the back of your pink Cadillac"
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My name is Bill, and I live in the greater Philadelphia area. I love music, and I have a lot of opinions. This site is primarily focused on music, but sometimes I get off track. I hope you enjoy.