Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Driving Me Crazy

Most of the time I hate cars. They create a constant cavalcade of noise, pollution, danger and arrogance. I avoid them whenever possible. In my small city traffic congestion is becoming increasingly worse and with it comes angry, impatient people creating a situation I don’t want to be a part of. Our city is easy enough to get around in for the most part by bicycle, public transport and walking and I do it all the time. It’s an ideal city for following the Copenhagen example if only more people would give it a try. I know of some people that have given up driving altogether to cycle everyday and they get to their destination quicker and without stress. I realize not everyone can do this all the time but there are many instances where someone could walk to the shop a few blocks away instead of taking their car. I can’t even take a leisurely stroll on the weekends in my neighborhood without cars constantly getting in my way from all directions: in and out of side streets I want to cross, backing out of and going in to driveways, it’s like being constantly harassed. People don’t even car-pool going in to work because, as someone explained to me, they ‘like their own space’. With this lazy and selfish attitude the city will never have a chance to develop into a friendly and efficient bicycle, public transport and pedestrian dominated city as some European cities demonstrate is possible.

Having got that off my chest, vintage cars are a different story. They have character, charm, beauty and represent a time when families took trips to the country for a picnic. Every year I attend the vintage car events Bay To Birdwood and Rock ‘n’ Roll Rendezvous, in the last few years as an entrant using the family cars. It’s a great day full of vintage cars, music, dancing and fashion. Being a participant brings the experience to a whole new level. It’s also one of the few events in Adelaide where you can dress in vintage clothing and not be stared at like a freak.

While I always take lots of photos at these events and could post more, I'd rather post vintage car advertising. Also, other Adelaide bloggers such as Erin and Miss Kitty Boo have already posted about these events and you can get a good idea of the day by looking at their posts. Heck, Miss Kitty even photographed one of our cars at the 2010 event!

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