Readers write...and quickly
We weren't quite sure about the other odd cruiser here and solicited your thoughts. We've learned that one thing is faster than an old muscle car...TCC's reader mail. Not more than a few minutes passed after we originally posted the item immediately above when eagle-eyed Lindsay Brooke, a senior analyst with CSM Worldwide, sent over a note correcting and expanding on our comments about what is indeed a Messerschmitt car. Rather than take credit, we've left our original brief and will add Lindsay's comments here: "The little Kabinroller bubble cars actually shared ZERO componentry with the company's wartime aircraft. The Allies made sure all of the aircraft tooling and leftover parts were destroyed, except that which we confiscated for our own jet program. Also, the bubble canopies of the Me262 jets would've been too large to fit the tiny cars. (The infamous Me109 never used a bubble canopy.)"
Let’s run down the '60’s muscle car checklist. Big engine? Check. Flame paint? Check. Pretty young lady in a poodle skirt? Check. And of course, don’t forget plenty of chrome, and that absolute necessity, a pair of fuzzy dice.
East meets West
Cruising was a national phenomenon. Woodward Avenue
may have been the best-known spot, but back in the '50s, '60s and '70s, there were plenty of other places from L.A.
to Asbury Park , New Jersey
. Hot rods and muscle cars were standard order, of course, and still are for events like the Woodward Dream Cruise and Reno
’s Hot August Nights, but cruising, today, shows many regional differences. In Los Angeles
, where you’ll find the influence of the Latino culture, low-riders are all the rage. And this year saw West come east as low-riders took to Woodward. They should be thankful the boulevard was recently repaved. Few would have made it over the big potholes of years past.
Keep on cruisin'
Back before the first oil crisis crushed the life out of the muscle car, you could tank up on premium for as little as 35 cents a gallon. And when a price war hit, it might go down as low as 19 cents, recalls old cruiser John Swayze. “A couple of bucks, and you could cruise for a week.” Maybe it’s the $2.49 premium that one sees along Woodward these days, but apparently some Dream Cruisers were hoping to get by without filling up. Of course, if you’ve got a few friends along for the ride, you don’t even have to stop when you run out of gas.