Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Cars: Flemington Speedway Historical Society show in Ringoes, NJ, and Historical Car Club of Pennsylvania show at DCCC

The Hunterdon County 4-H Fairgrounds used to be the Flemington Speedway.

The Chevy Fleetline Aerosedan, this one from '47.

Even slightly schlock-rodded, a quintessential beautiful '40s car.

'59 Ford: Mike Torello's cop car.

'49-'51 Mercs were then the last word in streamlining: the ponton look.

Inside a '62 Impala.

'57 Volga, a high-end Soviet car.

Some say the '53 Studebaker was a perfect design: smart, ages well, and practical. So if carmakers were practical we'd all have been driving something like that, like a nicer version of the Volga and a much nicer version of the Volkswagen (the Karmann Ghia is reminiscent: a VW in an Italian style). But that would have been boring. Some of Detroit and Madison Avenue was hype and waste (planned obsolescence; let's pretend your car is a jet plane or spaceship) but the market (including competition) made some great designs and engineering too. In America you could work hard to afford a choice of the best cars, etc., supporting the country because they were made here. Populuxe ("the '50s") was the style of a country on the leading edge but keeping the old values.

Mopar: the Forward Look.

Playing a recording of the national anthem. Military regulations once said you weren't supposed to salute in civilian clothes; that's been changed so off-duty personnel and veterans can. (Also, the naval services only saluted wearing a cover, a.k.a. hat.) President Reagan started returning salutes from his guards, et al. Naysayers call that playing soldier; I like it just because I like the military, but I appreciate the traditional rule.

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