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. Copyright 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016, 2017, 2018, by the author.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Cruisin' the Grand: Escondido, CA, August 10, 2012
H folks -- Friday night in Escondido, visiting Lisa and Tony for a few short hours. The downtown cruise-in is always a treat, even on an extra warm evening. The top photos are of a 1956 Plymouth Fury, and you can tell the fins are getting bigger as designer Virgil Exner's influence at Chrysler was on the rise. Note the 45 rpm record player, an option that year and extremely rare. The other car featured is a 1953 Glaspar, a very rare and remarkable vehicle of the period. I had never seen one until last night.