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Cruisin' in the future
In Nov. 14 Issue
Russell County News
By Ron Cowell, Columnist

It seems like every time we start to talk about cars the older cars are at the top of the list. For those of us that have been around for a while we remember when you used to be able to tell a Cadillac from a Chevy.

Not only that, you could tell from a distance if it was a BelAir or a Biscayne or Impala. Cars have changed so much over the years.

That got me to thinking, what will we have 30 years from now? I guess I should re-phrase that and say what will you have 30 years from now?

I doubt I’ll be around to see, but it does make you wonder.

When I think of Classic cars, of course the old cars come to mind.

The hot Rod 57’s, the 49 Merc and the muscle cars. Somehow I find it hard to see a 2010 Honda or Smart Car as the best of show at a Car show in the future, if there even is such a thing as a classic car show then.

It all got me to thinking, what do we have to look forward to.

Cars of the future? Well for the most part I find it hard to even think about what is to come. Even though some of the future cars at this point may be part of science fiction, there are many that are real in concept or prototype and on the edge of going into production. So if you think about it, a lot of what we will be seeing is here now.  There is hydrogen cars to electric cars, biofuel cars to yes, even flying cars.

How do they come about? Well, no one uses a drawing board anymore. That is so old fashioned, today future cars and put together on a computer.

Then from the computer it gets built as a prototype. If a car goes from concept to prototype the next step is to put it in production. I think you would be surprised to know just how many concept cars there are that never make it to the production stage.

If you want to have some fun and kill a little time get on the computer and look up some images of cars of the future.

There are really some strange cars out there waiting to be put into production…

What will car clubs be? With the energy problems we have today is it possible that we may not even be able to buy gasoline to run cars? Will it even be legal to burn gas?

Somehow I have a hard time going to the drags and seeing a couple electric cars charging their batteries to make that run down the quarter mile. Or seeing a parking lot full of the cars of today and everyone saying Ohhhh and Ahhhh over them. But then I guess you never know.

Maybe one day we will be talking about how many power cells our vehicle has rather than horsepower.

I guess each generation believes they lived in the best of time but I can’t help think we baby boomers were brought in the true best of times.

Think about all the changes we saw and technology that took place in our time. And face it, as we get older technology is going to pass us by.

I’m sure somewhere down the road there will be classic car shows with cars like in the picture here. And people will think they are so cool, but I still don’t see how they can compare to a 69 Road Runner or a 59 Corvette or the ever popular Ford Mustang. Ohh those were the true classic cars.

If your Car Club is having an event and you would like us to tell everyone about or someone who you would like to see featured in this article send all information to, . All information on upcoming events needs to be in at least two weeks before the event.

If your Club or church or group is having an event and you would like to display some classic cars at that event let me know at least two weeks before the event. I will put you in contact with one of the clubs that will gladly bring their cars out for display.

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