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Cars, WWII, NASCAR and Dad

What do World War II and my father have to do with the state of NASCAR’s future and my choices in life?  I’ll tell you what… everything!  I recently went to the 2009-2010 auto show in New York to see what my new car options are for my next purchase, let me tell you, it’s not pretty.  The next day, I turn on the tube to get some NASCAR coverage (I grew up in the shadow of Pocono Speedway), and it was pretty damn ugly there too.

Auto choices for the son-of-a-veteran

Auto choices for the son-of-a-veteran

You see, my father was a WWII veteran, actually a navigator on a B-24 Liberator, and one of the few “rules” he had for us was that we while we didn’t have to always buy Fords like he did, we did have to refrain from buying cars manufactured by an “Axis” power and buy from the “Allies.”  Seemed simple enough, after all, the U.S. and the Allies won that war and did it supported by superior manufacturing capability and capacity.  All those GM labels, Chrysler brands and Ford-Lincoln-Mercury cars plus cool imports like Land Rover, Jaguar, Mini, Peugeot, Aston Martin, etc. gave me many great choices when I first hit the car market in the 80s.  I could honor Dad’s wishes and still tool around in any of a dozen sweet rides I liked.

The last time I was buying a new automobile I had to cross off that cool Dodge Viper and other cool Chrysler-made cars because it was now “Daimler Chrysler” and I’m sure there was a swastika somewhere on each one of their cars.  I was in a hurry and very poor then and quickly bought a Mercury and moved on.  Now I’m really in a fix, after doing my research and seeing that GM and Chrysler are going bankrupt and Jaguar, Aston Martin, Mini, and pretty much every other cool carmaker is no longer “Allies-owned.”  Even our All-American heartland sport of NASCAR now runs Toyotas and we may be left with only Ford to compete with the original “Axis of Evil!”  My friends who knew Dad think my dilemma is hilarious and send me pictures of the new Segway “car” or tell me they’ve heard about a new street-legal Rascal Scooter.  So what’s my point you ask? – I guess my point is that I’m pissed off and my questions are, 1. “Who really won that war anyway?”, and, 2. “What’s a son to do?”

NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow 2010?

NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow 2010?

 

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  1. [...] http://sportsmansdaily.com/afterdark/?p=149The last time I was buying a new automobile I had to cross off that cool Dodge Viper and other cool Chrysler-made cars because it was now “Daimler Chrysler” and I’m sure there was a swastika somewhere on each one of their cars. … [...]

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