During the 1950’s Detroit built some really great looking cars. They also built some “tanks”. The 1955 Buick Roadmaster straight 8 was a car that was both. The Buick was unique because it had holes in the hood. The best reason for the holes I could figure was to tell the Buick from the Pontiac and Oldsmobile. Safety experts would probable argue with me but I really believe that if a 55 Buick ran into a modern car there would be little left of the newer model. The huge chrome plated solid steel bumpers would be like a Capital One battering ram. The new plastic cars would not stand a chance.
Now the “55” Buick only got about 10 mpg but no one really cared or even checked the mileage. Gas was $.25/gal. You could go a long ways on a dollars’ worth because with the roads of the day there weren’t many places to go just to be going. Travel was or could be a real pain.
We have a 2009 Saturn Vue, a soon to be forgotten model/brand name that got the ax during the last great financial crisis/recession/depression (depending on your financial position at the time) but we really love our Vue. We intend to keep it as long as it looks good and performs well.
However, several times over the last few months I have set at a stop light waiting for the green, and I will admit that I have a heavy foot and am quick off the line, the light turns green and I’m off but I have to slam on the brakes (Saturn’s have good brakes) and wait on 2 or 3 cars to run their light on red. Am I pissed? You better believe it!
And then, and then, and then wouldn’t it be neat to have a “55” Buick?? Just wait on the green light and go! Just leave a pile of junk in middle of the intersection. Go on down the road to Mickey D’s and have a coffee, (they have the best coffee in the world) while someone cleans up the pile of junk. Then line up at the light and do it again. You know sooner or later all the idiots that think that there is really time for 1 or 2 more cars thru the red light, will be gone and we would be able to retire the “55” Buick again.
Wouldn’t that really be fun?
Thanks for listening
The Crotchety Old Man
Edited and approved by Linda