by Rick Watson
America has built some great cars. I started driving when I was very
young. We had a used 1957
Buick Roadmaster when I was about twelve years old and my mom hated
driving it. When she needed something from the store or when she needed
to make the occasional trip to the doctor she always let me drive.
I was kind of tall for my age but even so I had to look through the
steering wheel and over the hood that seemed as long as a football
field to see the road.
It was two-tone green light over dark and had a motor as big as Texas.
The beast was as slow as an oxen on take off but once you got those
big wheels rollin' that sucker would fly. I felt like a giant driving
that car. No seatbelts and no padding on that dash....your head hits
that and they hose it off and sell it to someone else. You could put
all your friends in that car.
The thing about those old cars is that they were beautifully designed
and easy to work on. I wonder why the cars today can't be like that.
I believe that if the American car manufacturers stopped trying to
copy the Japanese and the Germans and just designed beautiful cars
that look good, drive good and work like they should, no other country
could compete with us.