Baby, won’t you drive my car?
Baby, won’t you drive my car . . .
We found these beauties in the car park behind the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit. The old Cadillac spent more of its life inside a barn than out on the road and is now being restored.
What a ride! What a trip to Paradise!
Some great old cars. Each year Prestatyn, where I’m living now, holds a classic car festival….good photo opportunities and the owners are always willing to talk about their cars
Cliched to say but they don’t make them like that anymore . . . looking fwd to your car shots Mike!
Happy Mother’s Day, Pattie,
If I am not mistaken, that is an old hearse in your third photo. It reminds me of a funny story back when I was a child. My father decided to open a nursery and he needed a vehicle to transport his plants in, so he bought an old hearse. He used the hearse for other things as well. On one occasion, he drove to Florida where I lived with my mother to pick me up. On the drive back to Virginia, he and my stepmother stopped by the grocery store to pick a few things up, leaving me sleeping in the back. I happened to wake up, and when I did, I think the guy getting into his car next to us almost had a heart attack. You really had to be there to catch his expression, but here, about 40 years later, I still chuckle over the event. Thankfully, everyone came out alive and well. 😉 And now you know!
Happy Mother’s Day to you Marcy!
Yes, that is an old hearse, a very handsome “funeral coach” from the engraved sign in the front window. I love the story you tell, and, like all good stories there is so much more I want to know! Any photos tucked away?
I don’t know if I have any photos or not. I seriously doubt it. My step mother was a real piece of work, so anything that was Dad’s (including our family photos) belonged to her and her children. She made that very clear to us. I’ll never forget Dad ‘sneaking’ us little keepsakes from our early childhood to take with us (to be our little secret of course). My father’s second marriage had a big impact on my adult life, and believe it , or not, when I wrote my first book “How Orples Came To Be”, it was in an effort to find closure over my father’s death in 1986. I could write a story on “How Orples Came To Be”, came to be. Geeze … Of course the book has been transformed and tweaked since my original writings, which consisted of a conversation between friends. To be honest, I think the final story came out very well, despite it’s beginnings. Actions were added, and a plot, and characters with various personalities, were added to round things out a bit. In truth, when my father died, I was so angry with myself because I did not visit him for the last two years of his life when I had the opportunity. I just got tired of having to keep little secrets to pacify my insecure stepmother. At that point in my life, writing out my feelings was one way I dealt with my internal demons. Remorse and lack of closure were two demons that haunted me daily until finally, I forgave my stepmother (a whole book in and of itself), and thus broke her spell on me. Anyway, If I do run across a photo of that old hearse, maybe I’ll do a post on it, and write a more formal story of the incidence I shared with you in my first comment.
Marcy, thank you so much for this which is sweet and sad in equal measures. So many best wishes to you and I am looking forward to reading your work. Strange looking back at the adults in our lives then and seeing the screaming child in them now!
And they are portraits of individuals as surely as if they had two legs to run on instead of wheels —
Imagine the stories those cars could tell!
That chrome shot is splendiferous:)
Imagine the thrill of putting all that together!
Letting my imagination running away with me here . . .
Keep it up, girl!
Old car were made so much better. They were all unique in their design.
Now, they all looks the same. A lot of copying. Nice photo’s capturing
Those old cars are such traffic stoppers and I know they were thirsty gas guzzlers etc but, as you say, so unique and full of style! I wouldn’t know one car from another now, apart from big, small, black, white or red . . .
a stylish tribute to old automobile design!
One of the men I had the pleasure of meeting at the garage where these cars are restored works as a designer for Ford. He is young and optimistic enough to hope for a return to style.
Chrome and tail-fins…
does it get any more ‘classic’ than that?! I think not! Beautifully shot, Ms. K! So elegant! That is STYLE!
Cruising in the chrome . . . what a way to go!
Excellent work for this kind of car Patti well done 🙂
My pleasure, thank you Jake!
A fun find for sure in the automotive city, Detroit! Margie
As were the nearby drag races but more about that later!
That’s an awesome car, but if given a choice of the two, that old hearse in the background would be the one I’d love to ride in (while living of course.)
In the back or the front? The front bench seat looked comfortable but @orples has the story about riding in the back!
I just love how you made the 2nd shot! The image of yourself in the chrome also!
Annie, how would you feel travelling around in one of these Caddies!
I’d love it!
The back seat is probably as big as the bedroom in my rig!
Have you done any driving while living in the city?
The words “spacious interior” do indeed apply to this car! Unfortunately we were only in Detroit for the w/end which was not long enough and I can’t wait to go back soon. We did drive around the city without any problems at all and when we did lose our way it wasn’t too much of a problem.
Have you toured up that way yet?
To the northwest end of the LP to a most beautiful park “Wilderness State Park” right on Lake Michigan.
classic beauties 🙂
At least they have gone to good homes!
They certainly don’t make them like this anymore. Great photos.
More’s the pity . . . thanks NN!
Would love to drive a car like that!
Fight you for the keys!
those old cars certainly had character! beautiful clicks.
Didn’t they just! Thanks Kris!
A cool ride indeed. There’s something beautiful about vintage cars. Not only do they have a rich history but they have a timeless appeal that transcends generations.
I wonder if the next few generations will be drooling about SUV’s and the lack-lustre sedans we see everywhere. . . .
Downtown Detroit? Do you live in Detroit? That’s where Eminem came from, isn’t it? Oh, I’m lapping up your pictures. It’s the closest I can get to Eminem!!
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Hello Noeleen and thank you so much for your enthusiastic comment. I don’t live in Detroit and our recent week-end visit there was not long enough. I have, however, let my husband know that if ever I do “leave home” I will go and live in downtown Detroit!
Eminem, after a childhood of moving about, is from Detroit. Hope you get to visit there one day!
OWS in Chicago too? In Frankfurt, Germany, police yesterday destroyed the occupy wall street tents. the protesters replied by pouring white color over black dressed police men …
sorry, not Chicago, but Detroit …
They did well to stay there for 7 months! Thank you Frizz, I found this link with some fascinating photos under the banner – Paint it Bleak.
As for Detroit, OWS does have a group there. I didn’t get to see it but one of the Occupiers did his best trying to drum up support for it at nearby Bert’s BBQ & Karaoke – I think the %99 preferred to stay at Bert’s with the ribs, beer and incredibly good singing! Which alone was worth going to Detroit for!
These are fascinating visions of a bygone age – nice catch 🙂
Thank you Martin, it was so good to see Car City living up to its name in so many ways and I only wish the photos of the drag racing were as good as the real thing. But that’s another post!
Love that second shot!
The bumper with the sparkle and shine!
Great sequence. Passed this on to friends and family. 🙂
Virtual road tripping, with room for everyone! Thank you!
Great pictures. I like the way you captured the second one a lot. Classic old automobiles. Really nice work.
Hard to miss the razzle-dazzle of this one!
Beauties indeed, and they look so good in B/W.
The style of steel in the old days!