Chronicling old cars

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Since being asked to contribute to Curbside Classic early this year I’ve kept up a one-post-a-week pace over there, chronicling the old cars I see still in use. The site’s mission is basically to do just that: seek out and tell the stories of the old cars that are still on the road.

It’s been truly great to enjoy Curbside Classic’s large readership. Well, it’s orders of magnitude larger than the readership here at Down the Road, anyway. Last Saturday I shared photos and impressions of this 1979 Ford Fairmont (read it here), which I found in a parking lot on the south side of South Bend. It got a whopping 86 comments in the first 24 hours. 86! Holy frijoles! Down the Road doesn’t get that many comments in a week.

1979 Ford Fairmont a

It’s been a fantastic experience to find such a large and active readership. People really respond to my writing there, adding their thoughts and impressions and even sometimes kindly criticizing it. (Curbside Classic is remarkably free of the pinheaded flame wars that predominate the rest of the Internet.) But don’t worry; I won’t be leaving Down the Road behind to write more for Curbside Classic. That’s in no small part because I don’t find enough old cars on the road to contribute there more often. But it’s primarily because here at Down the Road I can write about anything I want, which I find to be freeing and satisfying.

If you like old cars too, click here to see all of my Curbside Classic articles.


4 responses to “Chronicling old cars”

  1. JW Avatar

    I live in Evanston, Il, and saw an old Studebaker (with the “fins,” no less!) being driven down the street last year. Talk about blast from the past!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Nice! I grew up in South Bend, so during my kidhood I saw Studies on the road from time to time. I did see a ’63 Golden Hawk in a parking lot last year, but that was the first Studie I’d seen in the wild in 20 years.

  2. Christpher Smith Avatar
    Christpher Smith

    Just because you don’t get as many comments doesn’t make your blog any less interesting
    I like reading your blog and it is very entertaining and interesting.So please keep blogging here.
    PS. I’m an avid camera collector.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks so much Christopher! Glad to have you along for the ride.

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