I still have hundreds of old cassettes and compact discs.
When do I use them? Whenever I drive an older car.
There is just something truly enriching and authentic about taking a decades old cassette, that still works, and listening to it in an old Miata or Town Car. Just cruisin’ around town and enjoying the depth of an artist’s complete work.
Cars and trucks also have an artistry all their own. It may be the door hinge on a 1st generation Lexus SC400. A masterful work of engineering brilliance, which is in fact a four-bar linkage that is mostly hidden, and keeps the luxury coupes’ doors perfectly aligned for decades on end.
Or it can simply be a beater that is ugly as all get out, that somehow stays on the road well past it’s due date. A Steenkin’ Lincoln Mark VI (click for the story) my wife had back in our dating days used to be held up with an amazing assortment of materials. Duct tape, thumb tacks, staples, bathroom mats, all adorned the feline trashed interior while an ancient boom box occupied the passenger seat during her travels. Even SUV’s would get out of her way, thanks to an exterior that would have done a LeMons driver proud.
Did you ever love a vehicle for its… inner beauty? Today is a Friday. So a good story would be quite welcome.