Hooniverse Asks- What Automotive Event (Introduction, Race, Etc) Would You Want to Go Back in Time to Witness?
Hindsight, they say, is twenty-twenty. And looking back on my life, there are a number of automotive events of which I am thankful to have been a part- things like the very final VARA race at Riverside’s venerated International Speedway or the last-ever Turkey Trot at Agajanian’s Ascot Raceway. There are many other events – Motoramas, iconic Grand Prix duals, and introductions that either I was too young, too poor, or without the knowledge of their importance, to attend. And that’s kind of a shame.
They say that the April 1964 introduction of Ford’s Mustang was an event to behold. Dealers claimed that buyers demanded to sleep in their cars while the purchase paperwork was completed lest they be sold out from under them. That must have been something to see, sort of like Black Friday for Pony Cars. There also was an age before my time when the Fall model introductions were such a big deal that dealers would paper over their windows while the upcoming year’s models were moved to the floor while people gathered on the sidewalk outside waiting on their unveiling. Building your own online months before the metal hits the lots – while undoubtably cool – just isn’t the same.
And what about great racers? Just this year we lost both Carroll Shelby and John Fitch, drivers whose careers ended long, long ago. Being able to see drivers like these turn a tire in anger would have been an awesome spectacle, ignoring the fact that racing back in the day was even more fun to watch as the cars were far more of a handful at even lower speeds. All of these lamentations could be made moot with the simple advent of a Time Machine®. As we saw with Marty McFly, going back in time is a rollicking adventure, and while you’re turning back the hands of time, you might as well take in the sights, right? Just stay away from your mom if you know what’s good for you. If this hypothetical were true, what automotive event would you most like to travel back and experience?