I’m a bit old school when it comes to cars — I 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 my friend took while the car was burning up on Highway 401. Yep, just a few weeks after I bought it with my hard-earned summer job savings, the darn thing went up in smoke on me!
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 easily done.
I say ‘back in the day’ because I’m quite conflicted over cars and car use. I personally love bikes and public/alternative transportation. But now, I’m living way out in the ‘burbs and public transportation is ridiculously slow, and I’m too scared to ride, especially in winter (having dislocated my shoulder and temporarily paralyzed my arm in a cycling accident, previously — never mind the year of excruciating 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 because the cars drive so fast around here, and they have little awareness of cyclists, in general.
Actually, building on the TakeTheTooker vision, I have a dream of making the 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 green spaces along the route, and other fun ways to pump up the tourism, because you know it’s got to be economically viable to pass muster.
Anyway, I digress…Sunday I went to a Classic Car Show to snap these pics. I also saw a friend while I was there, which was nice! 🙂