Quick, what is your dream car?
Now, WHY is it your dream car?
When I was a kid my mom had a rule that we could only have those big birthday parties where we had friends over and had games or went to Chuck E. Cheese every other year. On one of those party years I had a bunch of friends come stay the night at my house and we watched some movies and ate some cake. One of the movies we watched was a Disney flick called Condorman (1981). I had five or six friends there that evening and among though was my oldest friend in the world, Rob. Its not very often someone can say the have had a friend for 30 years and only be in their early 30s but we can. That evening while watching Condorman Rob saw a small fleet of villains chasing the hero of the film, Condorman himself, through a cliche European town from the drivers seats of a few beautiful Porsches. The cars that those 80s slant nose kits and were blacked out because… well they were the villains in Disney movie so of course they would be blacked out. It wasn’t until years later that I learned that it was that night that Rob knew he needed a Porsche.
Around the same time in my life, but a few years later around 1988 or so, my dad and I had a thing we would do where we would get a bag of peanuts, in the shells, and eat them while watching an action flick on the TV. One night the action movie that spread across our screen, a whopping 15″ display, was the Stallone classic Cobra (1986)! If any of you have seen this movie then you probably know where I’m going next and you can “Choose Your Own Adventure” and skip to the next bolded section. If you haven’t seen the movie you are… I’d like to say “you are missing out” here… but lets be honest, you really aren’t unless we are talking about the car. The 1950 Mercury lead sled with the iconic ‘AWSOM50’ license plate. To my horror, even at the age of 7 or so, the car gets wrecked but before it did I fell in love with it.
How did you decide you just had to have that dream car?
If you have followed this blog for any length of time or if you follow Weld Burn on Facebook, Instagram, or any of the other social media outlets I’m part of then you know I’m a gearhead first. Any gearhead will tell you that while yes, there is that ‘one car’ or ‘one bike’ or’that one [insert engine driven thing here]’ you can easily find yourself excited about a wide variety of projects. Similarly I can tell you a dozen cool stories about cars that helped refine me into the gearhead I am today, some I’ve told previously. Gearheads will tell stories about wanting something like their father or grandpa had, they remember riding with an uncle on the back of Harley Davidson Knucklehead, they remember watching other guys fall to their knees to worship a 1955 Chevy Nomad as it rolled past with two little boys hanging out of the passenger-side window with smiles reaching from ear to ear (that actually happened f.y.i.).
So whats the point? When I started writing there wasn’t one other than to reminisce and pose the question. Is there a point now? If there was it might be that when you see someone’s ride and you don’t understand it or even hate it… maybe you should consider that it doesn’t matter and maybe the reason they have it is it was a dream since the age of 7 when watching Cobra on TV with their dad.