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Prom Night Rides: We Were All Such Losers, How About You?

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'Tis the season for so many things: Final exams. Mother's Day. Termite swarms. And, of course, proms.

On the first three, our staff of auto hounds don't have much to say. Study hard. Mom would probably love a new car. And if you have a car made of wood, send in a pic. (Unless it's a Rinspeed Bamboo. We've seen enough, thanks.)  

However, when it comes to proms, we all agree that finding the right car for the big night is totally, 100%, majorly crucial. 

Don't get us wrong: we know that high school is an awful time for many people. You've just begun to figure out who you "really are". You're under pressure to decide whether you're attending college or going to trade school or following Phish for the rest of your life. (Note: do not get downwind of Phish.) Your body is awkwardly surging with hormones. And the other kids can be cruel. So, so cruel.

Seriously, if you're in high school now, know this: it gets better. Your happiest days are ahead of you.

But as terrible and ridiculous as high school may be, you might as well go out on a high note. Twenty, 30, or 40 years down the road, you won't recall much of Mrs. Reilly's trigonometry class, but you'll still be talking about what you did on prom night. Do yourself a favor and find a memorable way to get there.

This article from the Wall Street Journal offered some interesting ideas for prom rides, like fire trucks, school buses, and even elephants. But we thought surely our crack team of auto enthusiasts had some better real-life stories than that. Oh, how wrong we were...


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  1. When i went to my JR/SR prom, in 1969, I got to drive a 69' Camaro Indy Pace Car Replica, with the full decal package installed. It was a 350/auto set-up, but still great fun. The only downside was my date complaining about having the top down ruining her hair.
     
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  2. For our double date arrancement, it was going to be my Dad's '73 Grand Prix, but then we scored my friend's step-dad's Mercedes 280 sedan, trading power for a prom dress-friendly second set of doors. My date and I rode in the back on the way there but in the front on the way back since my friend's prom proceeded much better than mine. The first time I ever drove a Mercedes though, such as it was.
     
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  3. My ride was a '73 LTD- 2 dr, blue with white vinyl roof. My tux was white with a blue ruffled shirt. My date had matching blue dress. We were the bomb !
     
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  4. 1976 Plymouth Gran Fury Station Wagon. Orange.
     
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  5. My ride was mom's '69 Caddy Fleetwood...and I frankly would have traded the whole evening for a road trip in a three-on-the-tree Econoline with Parker Posey. You done good, Richard, real good. I'd give you a +10 on that one...
     
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  6. Thanks, Charles. I've always had a feeling that I made the right choice skipping prom. Deep down, I think I knew that the Big Night would never be as awesome and memorable as everyone in America kept telling me it would be. The pressure of living up to it kinda scared me.
     
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