Monday, September 12, 2011
Downtown Edmonds was transformed yesterday. Streets in the CBD were blocked off and a huge collection of antique and vintage cars replaced the usual vehicles you would see parked. There were Model Ts and old Volkswagon Beetles, Chevy two-tones that were the rage when I was a girl and little red (or black) sports cars that looked sleek and fast.
Some of them looked like you should expect a gang of nattily suited bank robbers to pile out of them, machine guns in hand and snappy-brimmed fedoras firmly set onto heads, hair parted in the middle and slicked down with Brylcreem. Or have I seen too many bad movies?
The grills were chromed.....
....and wing window glass was etched.
The wheels had spokes and were painted.
There were a lot of men my age walking around, some with families in tow, others in "packs" of two or three. The common denominator was a steaming cup of coffee in many hands, it being fairly early on a
My particular favorites, for this year at least, were the Morris cars. The Minis and the panel trucks and the sedans. I do love a Morris!
This sleek black panel came all the way from Montana, where it is a resort vehicle.
This wagon with all the beautiful wood was a big hit with the crowds. One little boy kept asking his Grandpa if they could get one, too? I think Grandpa would have liked that, himself.
This Chevy was set up for a meal at the drive-in. I can think of only one local place that still brings your take-out meal to your car on a tray. I took my granddaughter there once and she thought it was "weird."
I used to think it was "cool." Times change.
I don't know how many cars were in this show, but they went on for blocks.
It was quite an amazing collection of motor vehicles. There was even one old tow truck!