We had a great talk at Probus last week on ‘Iconic Road Cars from 1950s to today’.
In the Q&A session after the talk there was a bit of a murmur about what iconic meant in this context, but our speaker, Graham, made it clear that it was his personal choices – and he soon added quite a few more cars, based on suggestions from car-mad members present!
His choices from the 1950s included the Morris Minor, which drew sighs of remembrance from lots of members. His slide show of different models from the different decades acted as a quiz throughout the presentation – and Graham reminded us of the different market segments that cars were aimed at under different economic times, how they drove (as well as how easy they were to maintain), and the ways the cars were marketed through their use in films, in motor car rallies, and to the very wealthy.
The very recent 1500 b.h.p Bugatti Chiron at £2.1M and The Aston Martin Valkyrie that achieves Formula 1 speeds for a very reasonable £2.5M attracted many!
I’m not sure that I’d count myself as a car enthusiast. At least one of our members goers off on regular adventures all over the world in frighteningly old cars, but I have more of an “it’s a way of getting from A to B” mind-set! I tend to look at the ‘number of miles to the gallon’ indicator rather than the speed dial, now!
I do appreciate a stylish car, especially something a bit sporty. In my dreams my hair flows elegantly in the breeze as I accelerate away from the lights on Hookstone Road … Then I realise that my hair isn’t quite full enough to blow in the breeze, and I would have trouble getting in (and especially getting out) of a sports car now!
Still, one can dream….