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Come celebrate the glory days Detroit steel

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 — Now that I’m in my 60s it seems as if nearly everyone I know is quick to point out I’m old. I accept it as a little good-natured ribbing and accept I’m probably going to have to listen to those kinds of comments from now on.

But being old means I remember a lot of things younger folks have never really experienced. One of the things I remember well is the glory days of the American automobile industry and its effect on our culture back in the 1950s and 1960s. Wow, that was a time. And we can all revisit a little piece of those days this Saturday when the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce hosts the Main Street Cruise. You sure won’t want to miss this one if you love those great old cars from yesteryear.

My grandfather knew all about cars. He was born in the 1890s and as a young man was one of the first factory-trained Chevrolet mechanics in the country. It seems like he always had the very coolest cars — a 1940s Packard, a mid-1950s powder blue Lincoln convertible drop-head coupe with white leather seats and a trunk so big someone could have slept in it, an early 1960s English Ford Anglia, a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air coupe and a 1950 Chevrolet sedan delivery.

For the full Opinion and others, read the Tuesday, June 24, 2014 edition of the Lassen County Times.


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