One (1) thing that we "baby boomers" do often and do well is to put on "Classic Car Shows". All over this here U. S. of A. we are parading our classic hot rods up and down city streets, in shopping center parking lots, at fairs and events, in restaurant lots, etc.
Just down the road from my office there is a relatively new group of strip centers that has already held a couple classic car shows.....and it's only late June. I just saw the poster today for another scheduled show on July 4.
Last week, as part of a cancer "Relay For Life', my community of Swanton had a group of classic cars gathered. Every Summer, in Detroit and its' suburbs along famous Woodward Avenue, is the "granddaddy of all class car shows", "The Woodward Dream Cruise".
We "boomers" like our classic cars. Easy to figure out why.....our's was the first real generation to latch on to the automobile as the definite statement of teenage independence (for better or worse for planners and the like). Our parents fed our habit by building drive-in restaurants, with car hops, speakers that crackled when you tried to order a burger, and the endless parade from dusk 'till 1:00 AM of everybody with a "rod" who cruised in then out of each drive-in along "the strip".
In the 1960's in Toledo we cruised all of the "White Huts", but especially the Hut on Sylvania at Secor. The early versions of MacDonalds were gathering places for all of us with cars that we wanted to show off.
Unfortunately for this Bear, my choice of car to show off was usually pretty sad. Tough to be cool when you have a 1959 Ford Station Wagon or a 1961 Buick. I did rev my engine a lot.
My choices for classic cars......that you may see at a show near you.....would include '57 Chevy, '68 Mustang Fastback (I had a gold one!), '59 DeSoto Firedome.
What say you? Classic car shows.....love 'em, hate 'em, did they help push the world to a ridiculous love of passenger cars? And what's love got to do with it?