“Muscle Cars Forever!”
(Charlie Coe Music, LLC™)
America’s great car culture will never fade. From Henry Ford’s first horseless carriages that made the spread-out lifestyle of the West possible, to today’s “fast and furious” stripped, ripped and tricked-out street racers, driving for the sheer pleasure, rush, or vanity of it will always be an integral part of our American culture and persona.
I owned a 1960 Studebaker Hawk 289 V8 with a custom metallic lime green paint job, chrome wheels, and rolled and pleated black naugahyde upholstery.
Those were the days of the legendary cruising cars – classics like the ‘57 Chevy, ’57 T-Bird, ’61 Chevy Impala SS 409, ’63 Corvette Sting Ray V8, ’63 Buick LeSabre V8, ’65 Mustang 289, ’67 Pontiac GTO, ’68 RSS Camaro 396, Porsche 356 Super 90, and the ’70 Chevelle Malibu 350 V8.
When one of these perfectly restored beauties with a pristine paint job passes by, with its low, vibrating, V-8 rumble, heads turn, regardless of their generation. Personal nostalgia aside, they were and always will be icons of American culture.
We will embrace green hybrid technology, and reduce the environmental impact and cost of operation, but we’ll never stop driving or loving the self-expression and freedom they represent. The great rail systems of Europe and Asia are practical, but there’s no sense of control, power, individuality, or identity projection that defines Americans’ love affair with our cars.
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