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.
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.