Thursday, October 27, 2011

Car People

Are you a "car person"?  Okay, most of the time when I refer to "car people", I say "car guys".  But that's not always the case - I'm sure there are many women out there who love cars as much as "car guys".

I grew up with "car guys".  My dad was one, and my brothers followed suit.  My brothers are 14 and 18 years older than I and we never lived in the same household.  But some of my earliest memories are of them and their cars, either doing demolition derbies or changing the oil or just plain "talking car" (it is a language all its own).  My youngest brother Kevin owns a SWEET 1969 Boss 302 Mustang that he restored himself.

As much as my dad and brothers are/were "car guys", none of them holds a candle to Rick, my brother in-law. Now he's a CAR GUY.

Ah, yes - the model Ralph Nader dubbed
"Unsafe at any Speed"!  :D
Rick goes about his "car guyness" a different way - yes, he owns vintage cars that he loves, but he also buys investments.  He enjoys them all but there are some brands he likes more than others.  Currently (and this will certainly change in the future) he owns a '67 Mustang, a '68 Firebird and an '03 Corvette.  Rick bought the Corvette as an investment but that doesn't mean he and my sister in-law Kristin don't mind taking it on convertible cruises.  :D

Seeing as how I'm clueless when it comes to the inner workings of my automobile (I do know how to add oil and jump-start a car, though!), I've always admired guys who can work on cars.  I think we'll see less and less of this as the years roll on, seeing as how there are so many electronics and computer parts in cars these days.  Personally, my car has power-nothing and I like it that way - less stuff to break!  (Seriously.  I still have roll-down windows and push-up locks!)

When I came across this Chevrolet catalog for sale at Old Stuff Only, I knew I had to have it.  In fact, I bought two of them - one to save and one to use in my art work.  Isn't it MARVELOUS?!?!?  It's full color throughout and in mint condition.  What I love (and find hysterical) is the size of these cars - as my friend Jacq, who owned a Cougar, would say, "It's like driving a living room!".

I love old cars myself, but I like the super-vintage ones like Packards, Crosleys, Studebakers, Tuckers, etc.  More on those in a later post.

And yes!  I love making collages with these beautiful cars - they're such a fun subject!  :D


3 comments:

  1. Thanks Annie! :D I made it with wrapping paper that had vintage Olds all over it; rub-on transfers; and a rubber stamp! That's it! (It's actually one of my faves I've ever done, too!) :D

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  2. Ford car lovers in my family. I happen to fall in love with the PT Cruiser and finally bought a used Dream Cruiser this past year. My brother had a fit-too bad. ; ) My brother has a Ford Falcon that he restored and shows (he's a master mechanic). Now his son is fixing up his own Ford. I do love the vintage cars, so that is why I think the Cruiser is so appealing to me!

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