Fellow ACNA and ACFL MembersRecently I read an article in Hemmings, which noted the scarcity of sports cars encountered on a cross country drive. The author clearly referred to the two seater variety--long or longer hoods, short or shorter trunks. Once upon a time when there were fewer interstates, speed limits were generally lower and most traveled via US highways and or the occasional parkways in the Northeast, the roads were filled with sports cars. If one could not define one, they were certainly easy to spot. Sort of like pornography: hard to define at times, but one knew it when one saw it. Vehicles deemed, sports cars starting 65 years ago, were initially not particularly fast, though they certainly got faster, nor were they comfortable, safe, slab gas tanks for early MGs, side curtains for MG,s Porsches, Jags, Healeys, Triumphs and so on and heater and defrosters, for some those were aftermarket options if even available. Yet they were fun to drive if uncomfortable let alone rolling deathtraps. What they did provide was a joy to drive and an entry into a life style. If you owned or drove a sports car, it said something about who you were, or at least who you thought you were, what your values were and what was important, not to leave out how you viewed yourself, ah but I already said that. Let’s face it: the vehicles on which we choose to drop thousands in cash today represent the same things and the manufactures play to those same vanities. Admit it, how often have you taken your eyes off the road ahead driving through a small town, looked into the store windows to the right just to see the reflection of the car you were driving and how cool it all looked. With the exception of the TT roadster, A3/A5 Cabrios and the TTS and S5 iterations, it was easier to see one’s self when it was one of those low slung open top two seat sports cars of yesterday.
Gulf Coast Region Cars and Coffee 6:30-8:30
First Coast Region Luncheon 12:00
Gulf Coast Region Cars and Coffee Christmas Gift Collection 6:30-8:30
Roar before the 24 at Daytona and ACFL Board of Directors Meeting
And here is the copy of the report. It is a long read but fascinating. Even before the tinkering, Audi and VW engines are cleaner so what was the point?
Some less than stellar news on the racing front. Unfortunately, an unintended consequence of the Abgas-Affäir?
I just returned from my semiannual drive north, in pursuit of that never ending quest for antique toy trains. The drive was great and I was successful in acquiring an engine for a grandnephew in Germany. Whenever I am in Pennsylvania, I visit Gettysburg. Usually I drive parts of that historic battle field each time I am in the vicinity. Truly a beautiful and stirring monument to those who fought and gave all for what they believed in. Though a student of history, I have not read much on the War Between the States, which has evolved with many names depending on which side of Mason Dixon line you are hail from. Unfortunately, at times we still seem to be fighting that conflict. Some revisionist historians and there are many have called that our second civil war, the first being the Revolution. Few realize how tenuous the outcome of that first conflict was, nor how many families were also split, brother fighting brother along with thousands of refugees fleeing to Nova Scotia who had all of their possessions gladly confiscated by the patriots. Remember the two largest cities in the colonies, New York and Philadelphia remained under British control for most of the war. Boston was a hot spot for both the revolution and merchants who wanted Great Britain's protection on the high seas but did not want to pay the taxes to support that protection. Ah but back to Gettysburg.
Gettysburg is truly a beautiful place, the noise, horror and death have long since departed the rolling hills, golden brown fields of fall and painted leaves on the trees. It is a location we as Americans should put on our bucket lists to visit as a place that has helped forge our nation. It is especially meaningful to slowly drive through with one thoughts as the sun rises through the early morning mist. It is then when the tourists are few and far between and wildlife still abounds, an occasional jogger can be encountered and the spirits of those who permanently rest there glisten in the new days sunlight as the true meaning of the place ushers in another new day.