Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!! Red, White and Vrooom!

The 4th of July is a big deal in my family. In fact, it’s my brother Joe’s favorite holiday. We even have a banner embroidered with the words, “Happy 4th of Joe-ly” that hangs from the ceiling.

As a kid, the holiday was about family, grilling and shooting bottle rockets through wrapping paper tubes at the neighbors. My parents live in the unincorporated part of the county, and the reservations isn’t that far away. Being in their neighborhood during the 4th is like being in the middle of an expensive fireworks display. I’m serious. The water hose is on standby. As an adult, the holiday is much the same, but with even more fireworks, and with one extra special addition.
Classic automobiles!

For me, the 4th is the unofficial start of classic car show season. The 4th of July festival in my home town includes a bevy of classic cars to peruse. My favorites are the Corvettes and Camaros. Of course, with my dad being a Mustang guy, I do have a soft spot for those as well. Anna Alexander in a '68 Mustang

Each year I get a little braver and venture out to different shows on my own. Trust me, being a lone woman at a car show does lend for some interesting moments. I’m either ignored or granted with a plethora of information I wasn’t expecting. But that’s all right. I wasn’t aware that when shopping for Bel Airs (another favorite) those from 1955 and later are more desirable, because they gained the V8 engine and upgraded battery. That is good information to know.

So while you’re out roasting marshmallows or blowing up M-80s, I’ll be drooling over some beautiful works of machinery and calculating how many books I’ll need to sell to have my own classic car.

Be safe, my friends. Be sane. Well… just be safe, and HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
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