Saturday, June 4, 2011
Gems of the highway
While driving through Joshua Tree, on that winding two-lane road, surrounded by the desert's endless shades of beige and gray, I had a vision. A little turquoise jewel approached, and passed me heading in the opposite direction, and I was simply dazzled by the image. It was a T-Bird convertible -- probably 1957 -- with the top down. When I saw it, I took one hand off the wheel and searched the front seat for my camera, but by the time I had it in my hand, the little gem was gone
I've never been a car nut, nor will I ever be; but since seeing that T-Bird in the Park, I've begun to take notice of colorful and classic cars. I think one reason is that nowadays, so many cars look alike. Most are fairly colorless, either black or white or metallic shades of silver and gold. If it weren't for their brand logos, I'd be hard-pressed to tell them apart.
In Santa Ynez, collecting old cars appears to be a popular pastime. I saw so many antique cars there. And with a vintage car show going on at the same time, my head was spinning with sightings of surprising and stunning cars.