Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Remembering Days Gone By

Stephanie

Hemi Cuda

Having a birthday on the very last day of the year always gives me cause for reflection. I think about the things I did this year, 10 years ago, 20 years ago…

One of the things that I miss about growing up in the 1970’s were the amazing American muscle cars on the road at that time. My family never owned cars like the Hemi-Cuda above, but we lived on a fairly busy main street and I would sit out on the front steps and watch as they passed by well into the early 1980’s. When I stop and think about how the car above is almost 40 years old and how few of them have survived the test of time, I am quite thankful for local cruise nights and car shows where auto enthusiasts will gather to show off their muscle.

One of the coolest car shows I had ever been to was in a small town where they had the cars parked all along the main street and surrounding the town square. At one predetermined time, all of the people would start their engines- and while I’m certain that was probably a global warming nightmare – it was one of the most amazing sounds I have ever heard in my adult life – all those throaty engines rumbling…..  The cars would then line up on the street, take their turns revving their engines under a small overpass, and then take off for a several mile cruise. There were so many cars that by the time the last one left, the first ones were already coming back for the next lap.

My all-time favorite muscle cars were the very early 70’s Mercury Cougars… In black. I wanted one of those for soooooooo long. Ah well – in another life maybe. :o)


2 thoughts on “Remembering Days Gone By

  1. Yes, I owned a 1970 Cougar, a tannish brown color with gold sequins. Prior to that, I had a beat up 1968 Cougar. I have to tell you that the 351 Cleveland did a pretty purr. But be very careful if you do own a 1970 Cougar – heads up, or rather, head down when you go by the hood. That piece that looks like a tooth that sticks out from the top has caused many a person to knock their heads!

  2. Yes, I owned a 1970 Cougar, a tannish brown color with gold sequins. Prior to that, I had a beat up 1968 Cougar. I have to tell you that the 351 Cleveland did a pretty purr. But be very careful if you do own a 1970 Cougar – heads up, or rather, head down when you go by the hood. That piece that looks like a tooth that sticks out from the top has caused many a person to knock their heads!

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