This blog will expand on themes and topics first mentioned in my book, "The Automobile and American Life." I hope to comment on recent developments in the automobile industry, reviews of my readings on the history of the automobile, drafts of my new work, contributions from friends, descriptions of the museums and car shows I attend and anything else relevant to those interested in automobiles and auto history. Copyright 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016, 2017, by the author.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Syllt: Cars and Status, and where Audis, M-B, and Porsche Roam!
Hi folks -- I took a side trip to Syllt and the town of Westerland yesterday. This is the northern most point in Germany. It is a place for the well-to-do, and only accessible via train. Cars do get on the island, however, via a rail car transport system that is rather expensive. As one German told me, it is all about Audis, M-B, and Porsche and "see the car I own." The Germans are about materialism gone amuck, and this place reflects it perfectly. But the air was so fresh and good. 10 Celsius yesterday, but it felt warmer. I guess I am as materialistic as the next person on this island, as I felt right at home!