The Freeway Wayback Machine

The life of a car is interesting, at least to me. When new, even the lowliest Hyundai or Kia has a certain appeal. After all, it's new, it's under warranty the odometer has all those zeros and it has that new car smell. But depending on the car and it's appeal, the novelty wears off. For some cars it wears off faster than others, but somewhere between 10 and 15 years old, it's just plain junk. No one wants it, except for the most desirable of the desirable. Later, between 20 and 25 years old, the nostalgia factor starts kicking in and most cars start to appreciate.

So there's a no man's land in the 15-20 year old zone where no one cares if the car disappears from the roadways forever. (Although in the latest issue of Auto Restorer magazine, someone wrote in for restoration tips on their 1984 Ford Escort. Huh?)

In the light of this consider the following sights on the Columbus highways on my way to work and back in the past couple of weeks:

  • Early 80's Chevy Cavalier Hatchback The first few years of the cavalier were the last few of America's first love with the hatchback. The Cavalier hatch didn't last long as hatches went out of fashion until just recently.
  • Mid 80's Cadillac Cimmaron Basically a 4 door Cavalier with leather seats and and a Caddy crest on the front.
  • Late 70's Ford Thunderbird This one is actually on the upswing into collect ability. Still odd to see driving around as someone's daily driver.
  • Mid 80's Yugo GV Wow, there's still one running!
  • 3-5 year old Ford Explorer with a giant "Iron Maiden" sticker on the back. OK, it's not an old car, but seriously, Iron Maiden? Someone is still enthused enough about Iron Maiden to put a 4 foot long sticker on the back of their SUV?
I felt like I was in High School again.

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Hey, YOU brought up Bill and Ted:

Duke: Put them in the iron maiden.
Ted: Iron Maiden?
Bill and Ted: Excellent!
Duke: Execute them.
Bill and Ted: Bogus!

Heh. I hadn't thought of that when I saw it. I just kept wondering, why?

When I looked up their site I expected some rabid 40-something fan's website, but no, it's the band's official site. They're still touring, mostly in Europe. Who knew?

I had the best car. A 1967 Mustang. I still think of it on those warm summer nights. Cruz'n. In college my boy friend had an orange Pacer, clearly not dating for the car. It was as if the clock struck mid night and the car was a pumpkin.

More 80's wheels - I saw a late 80's Buick Reatta on the way to work today.

Milly - Hey, thanks for stopping by! Than '67 Mustang sounds awesome. Definately collectable now. So is that Pacer, believe it or not.

Here's my cars and dating story: When my wife and I were dating I had a 1980 Chevy Monza hatch. I loved that car, but it was in fact junk. When I'd pick up my wife (then girlfriend) for a date, the heat would quit. It wouldn't come back on until I dropped her off. It was really wierd, she was convinced it was posessed and hated her, LOL. Then there was the driver's door that had a tendancy to fall off and the clutch cable that ripped through the firewall. Like I said, junk.

After all that, she still married me. God is good. :-)

I replaced the Monza with an '88 Nissan Pulsar NX SE, which I loved even more, but was also junk. But she had married me by the time we figured that out, no turning back.

My best friend had a Monza. We loved trolling for boys in that car.

I hated selling my Stang. We were very attached to each other. It had my personality. If it wasn't in the mood then watch out.

I live at 32645 Commonwealth in Seattle. Been up here before?



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