Crazy for Classic Cars

I’m a bit ‘old school’ when it comes to cars — love the curves on classic models! My first and only car was a 1975 Volkswagen Beetle. It was bright lemon yellow with black trim.

Unfortunately, the only picture I have of it is one a dear friend took while the car was burning up on Highway 401 towards Port Hope and Cobourg. We made the front cover of the local newspaper! This was mere weeks after I had bought the darn car with my hard-earned summer job savings!

My other favourite cars — back in the day — were Jaguars and other classics like the 1961 Mercedes-Benz Gull-Wing Coupe, the Austin-Healey Sprite, the Morris Mini, and the like. I’ve always gravitated to small cars (which are also hopefully lighter on fuel consumption). I prefer the concept of electric cars, of course, yet car companies have been slow on the uptake.

Actor Jack Nicholson even created a car that ran on bio-fuel way back in the 70s, so it can be done.

I’m quite conflicted over cars. I do love bikes and scooters, and I prefer public transportation. But here in the ‘burbs’, public transportation is slow, infrequent, and difficult.

I’m too scared to ride out here, especially in winter (having previously dislocated my shoulder and even temporarily paralyzed my arm in a cycling accident — never mind the year of agonizing physio, during which two different physiotherapists said it was the ‘worst injury of its kind that they’d seen’ in 11 years and 20 years, respectively). I feel like I’m wimping out, but I am genuinely afraid of the fast-moving cars, and their lack of awareness of cyclists, in general. And the rate of cycling accidents and even deaths among experienced cyclists is truly stunning!

Building on the TakeTheTooker vision, I have a dream of making the ENTIRE Bloor-Danforth roadway the longest car-free street in a major city in the world! Wouldn’t that be nice?! For elderly folks and those who want to sightsee, there could be a shuttle bus, plus one lane for bicycles and one lane for electric scooters and such. There would be signs leading to all the local green spaces and farmers’ markets along the route, and other fun ways to pump up the tourism dollars and local BIAs in Toronto and the GTA.

Anyway, I digress…Sunday I went to a Classic Car Show to snap these pics. I also saw an acquaintance while I was there, which was nice!  🙂

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