The otherworldly images coming out of California right now bring the tragic scale of the Camp and Woolsey wildfires into more vivid focus than textual accounts could. When I saw this image, I had three thoughts in rapid succession: a) Ooo, it’s a bummer to have a cool old car get destroyed like that, then I quickly thought b) in light of the dozens of human and uncounted animal lives lost, it’s pretty hard to care too much about inanimate stuff, and then c) literally everything in this picture has been destroyed; if the owner did survive, they’ve lost a lot more important belongings than just their cars, no matter how loved they might have been.
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I don’t pursue fire pictures, but they’re unavoidable if you’re awake and living in California. And car afficionados definitely notice the cars in any set of pictures. I’ve taken particular notice of all the burnt up Beetles, so I’ll add this pic to my growing list under “Camp Fire, Paradise, CA 2018”, along with the two I posted in July.
Tubbs Fire, Santa Rosa, CA, 2017
Carr Fire, Redding, CA, 2018
Having witnessed the outcome of the Black Saturday fires here nearly 10 years ago my heart goes out to the victims of the fires.
One of my best friends was helping fight the fires on a farm not far from where it started; there was a helicopter photo of him on the back of a Landcruiser ute almost surrounded by flame that was in a lot of international newspapers at the time, but I can’t find online now. They had put all the sheep into the shearing shed, sprayed down the roof and around it, then went to defend the house. Afterwards the house was ok and shed still standing, but no remains of sheep inside; all incinerated.
Photos of cars burnt at peoples’ houses are ok, it is the ones on the roads that indicate tragedy.
The Woolsey Fire claimed the 1-of-1 1948 Norman Timbs Special and the other 30 cars in Gary Cerveny’s collection.
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