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Prom Night Rides: We Were All Such Losers, How About You? Page 2

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Here's the sad truth: on your monitor, we may come across like a bunch of wild and crazy car nuts. But underneath all that feverish talk of crankshafts and fuel cells are a bunch of normal, everyday people -- people who file taxes and pay dental bills and occasionally forget to pick up toilet paper from the grocery store. To wit: 

1997 Chevrolet Corvette C5

1997 Chevrolet Corvette C5

Joel Feder is the baby on staff, and it shows. When we asked for prom car stories, Joel sent in this photo of his ride for the big night: a 1997 Chevrolet Corvette C5. Which was built after many of us had already graduated from college. Predictable? Yes, but at least it's cool. Score: 5

Bengt Halvorson says that he didn't have any prom stories -- at least, none that were appropriate to share in a public forum. "But I did go to a couple of holiday dances, which were formal at our high school, and for one of them I remember taking my dad's new Ford Escort over my own '72 Skylark GS 350. It sounds unbelievable I know, but there was such backlash against muscle cars at that time." Entirely unbelievable. Score: -5

Antony Ingram double-dated to the prom, driving the happy foursome in style in a Ford Fiesta. "Nothing exciting happened, but I did get pulled over by the police on the drive home and breathalyzed. But that was because I accidentally forgot to switch my headlights on. And I was sober." Then again, Antony's a Brit, which ought to count for something. Score: 0

Marty Padgett didn't have any exciting prom-night stories to tell, either. However, he did send in this photo of the 1984 Audi Coupe GT he drove to the dance. Twentysomething years later, and he'd happily do it all over again -- just not with the same date in the passenger's seat. Score: 5

Richard Read (that's me) takes our inaugural James May Award For Nerdiness Incarnate: "My friends and I ditched the prom and went to a debate tournament in Natchez, Mississippi. But our team took home more trophies than any other. And I learned to drive the school van, which was a column-shifting Ford contraption. And my debate partner was Parker Posey. You know: Parker 'Air Raid' Posey? Am I cool by association?" Survey says...not even close. Score: -10 

So maybe we're not the best people to offer suggestions about cool prom rides.

However, we all fared better than poor Billy Nolan, a supporting character in the best prom-night disaster flick of all time. (Fun fact: the role of Billy Nolan was John Travolta's big-screen debut):

Got a good prom night right story of your own? (Surely it's better than ours.) Drop us a note, or share it in the comments below.


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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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