Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Auto show Jan 2017

My friend Dave and I both like cars and every year we take in the auto show. Well we did it on Monday and for the most part we were underwhelmed. I don't expect to be overwhelmed but I wasn't even whelmed. Sure there were some beautiful cars. The Ferrari's, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and Corvettes. Then there were the Mercedes and BMW'S. Great cars to be sure, but for the most part you see them on the streets here and there. Everything else was pretty common, Toyotas, Chevy's, Fords, Hondas etc. The following video, a quickie, has a few pictures then a bit of video of the drive home. At least you'll get to see one of the tunnels from "the big dig". A 15 or so billion dollar project that lasted 15-18 years. We have the rest of  America to thank as this was done with federal money. The city needed it and I guess the state had pull in Washington in those days with Tip O'Neil and Ted Kennedy. Still I have to say the traffic jams are much more organized these days. We got new tunnels and the bridge is beautiful especially when it's lit up with different colors or at sun up or sundown. This quick video is no academy award winner but at least  it's quick. The highlight is probably the bits of us driving home and that's nothing to write home about.

When I was young my dad would take me, every Fall, to some of the local car dealerships to check out the new models. I suppose he did it for his own amusement, but he would engage one of the salesmen in conversation, giving the impression that he was interested in purchasing a new car. Of course he wasn't. Then there was the time, early September 1963, when he was indeed looking for a new car. The 1964's were already in the dealerships but not in the showroom. They hadn't been introduced to the public yet but we got to go out back and check them out. I thought this was so cool. Well long story not so long, he bought one but wasn't allowed to take it home until it's public introduction.

The school year usually began on a Thursday. I went Thursday and Friday. Got sick over the weekend, was told I had a bad flu. Two days later I was in surgery with a ruptured appendix. I was in the hospital for 6 weeks. I didn't go back to school again until some time in January. I Remember when my father finally picked up the car, two nurses helped me out of bed and walked me to the window. It was dark and raining but I could see it all sparkly and new. I've been interested in cars ever since.

So the show was a bit dull and our lunch was a bit dull as well. We went to a Mexican restaurant. I don't mind Mexican food but to me a lot of it tastes the same. Maybe it's just that your not going to get great Mexican food in Boston.

Well I'm outta gas and I'm outta here.


  1. Funny you should show cars immediately after I was viewing an old one from the early 1900's with my great uncle having a picnic. Today's seem to have NO style or individuality at all - at least to me. I'll have to show it to you on my next blog.

  2. I haven't been to a show in a few years when a guy was taking me around here and there. I took quite a few pictures It was old cars...American ones.

  3. Boston Boy, I used to love to see new cars. I was excited when I got my first new truck and again when I got my trans-am. Then the thrill was gone for me. I just want a car to purr when I turn it on and let me drive into the sunset with peace of mind. LOL. Glad you got out and about with your pal . Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  4. Maybe I'm getting old,
    but classic cars are getting newer than what I remember lol. Music is getting newer also that they so call is retro. Maybe I'm a retro?
    I am eating more HOT foods this past year and seems my tummy is rebelly-ing. Have a good week ya ole retro....heh Toodie