I was born and raised in the Motor City, so you’d better believe I’ve been to a car show or two in my day. There I was, this tiny, brace-faced blonde roaming through the aisles and miles of vintage rides, trying to comprehend the evolution and heritage of the Detroit muscle that was, and still is, straight flexing. There were fierce Ford Galaxies, Thunderbirds, Mustangs and Falcons. There were cool Camaros, Corvettes, Chevelles and Corvairs. There were vintage Dodge Chargers, Challengers and Coronets. There were track-ready Pontiac GTOs, Firebirds and Trans Ams. There were power-packed Plymouth Barracudas, Road Runners and Superbirds.
It’s incredible to look back and realize how much an entire era of classic muscle cars remained relevant generation after generation and, of those still coming off the line, still have the same all-American, no-holds-barred blood in their souls and bodies. These rides are our past, present and our future. And it may have taken me 20 years, but I finally figured out the significance of that evolution and heritage – and that age-old rivalry, too, after purchasing a [brand new sports car that shall not be named]. I’m driving a 2015 white [insert car name you may have figured out by now] with silver racing stripes and a celestial blue leather interior, and my mom has a blue 1965 Ford Mustang with white and silver leather interior – the not-so-little pony that was very reason I went to all those car shows long ago. Separated by exactly 50 years and colored conversely, these two muscle cars in our family represent the competitive spirit that’s been brewing in our nation for half a century. (We’re soon racing these Detroit thoroughbreds for pinks, just so you know.)
You feel me, SoCal auto enthusiasts, vintage Mustang lovers and Los Angeles area car club members? There’s nothing like this time-honored tradition, and your Inland Empire Ford dealership is revving up the perfect opportunity to make it a family tradition, too: A free, all-Ford Chino Hills summer car show. (And if the kids aren’t into a history lesson in horsepower or Henry Ford, let them take a spin on our classic Ford fire truck while you scope out the old and, in case you’d like to join in my epic Chevy versus Ford showdown, the new 2015 Ford Mustang features.) See you August 29 at Quick Lane of Chino Hills for the car show to end all car shows!