Awhile back, I was up at my parents’ cabin for a weekend of R&R and a model car/promo show in nearby Cedarville.
My mom and dad bought the place in 1993, and the cabin is a treasure trove of vintage stuff-photos, books, magazines and a still-functioning VCR with a ton of movies on tape.
There’s a lot of memories here too, we came up here every year for New Year’s Eve at the Myers’ and Fourth of July fireworks at the Maiorellos’, lake excursions in Dad’s old Aquasport center console.
It’s a great place, and I enjoy camping on the deck with margaritas and several novels in the warmer months-many Lee Child, C.J. Box and Clive Cussler books have been consumed on those boards in summertime.
Anyway, I ran across this copy of Car and Driver that weekend. Flipping through it, I was struck by the sheer variety of vehicles available forty five years ago, both in bodystyles, colors and marque availability.
This one I found at the venerable Source Bookstore in downtown Davenport for fifty cents. Such a deal.
I love these old magazines. Have bought several over the years at antique malls and stores and the like-there are quite a few up here in the small towns near the lake-Wisconsin is an easy 15 minute drive north.
Sure, any one of these can’t match the reliability and rust protection of modern vehicles-Fiat and Lancia, anyone?-but things sure were a lot more colorful back then!