Time to hit the highway in your dream car!
The love affair between people and their cars is a legendary tale as American as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet, to borrow a line from a 1970s-era ad campaign.
New cars are great and are as popular as ever, but they’re hardly in short supply. On the other hand, there are many vintage models on the market that have more buyers than sellers. Vehicles from Model-Ts to muscle cars are sought by collectors. Some are looking at the investment aspect, others want to relive the past, while another group of enthusiasts just want to drive something different.
The “cool factor” for vintage cars is off the charts and there is no reason to believe that will change. Popular Mechanics recently published a list of the 100 hottest cars of all time. If you’re fortunate enough to have acquired your dream vehicle then it would only be appropriate to take it on road.
The Blue Highways
Best-selling author William Least Heat-Moon coined the term Blue Highways in his autobiography of the same name that recounted a circuitous road trip of America he drove on secondary highways and back roads. Old road atlases depicted those roads in blue.
Interstates are today’s preferred routes because they’re generally the fastest way to drive from point A to point B, but let’s face it, interstates aren’t nearly as interesting. Roads that roll across rural landscapes and through America’s small towns and farming communities offer vistas that are atypical on multi-lane freeways.
Classic car road trips
There are literally thousands of paved blue highways that traverse millions of miles in America that you could choose to drive for your next trip. Whether you want to follow the nation’s coastlines, wind your way through the country’s mountain ranges or take a long and lonesome highway where you might only see a handful of vehicles while riding in a classic car with the top down and the radio blaring, it can be a sublime experience.
If you need an idea, consider hopping into your vintage car for a trip on historic U.S. Route 66. One of the first paved highways connecting a vast swath of America, Route 66 was immortalized in a TV show of the same name in the 1960s and popularized further in a hit song that encouraged you to “Get your kicks on Route 66.” Known once as the “Main Street of America,” Route 66 runs more than 2,400 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica California, but today is a road less traveled. That might just make it more attractive if you’re looking to take your “new-old ride” on a trip that doesn’t require you to stick to a rigid itinerary.
Route 66 and other secondary roads still hold much to do in the way of classic Americana, from old style motels that still bear signs touting their in- room air conditioning and color TVs, to souvenir shops, fruit and vegetable stands, local craft sellers… you name it.
Who could go wrong by taking Route 66 to Winslow, Arizona where you can “take it easy” and actually see the fine sight of a girl in a flatbed Ford? That single line from the Eagles’ hit song made the small town famous, so it’s only logical it has been immortalized in “Standing on the Corner Park” with a mural and statue.
That is but one example of the countless, interesting, out-of-the-way places you can visit that you’ll rarely see from an interstate. If the blue highways are calling your name, what are you waiting for? Get your road atlas out and plan a trip!
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