All things old are new again...

by Paulo Rafael Subido | Jun 1, 2009
Or at least, that is how I feel whenever I see a vintage bedside lamp, turntable, household appliance, or musical instrument. All things that are old spark my interest, especially when they are still in working order. My fascination is awakened whenever I come across something with history, something that shows decades of use. I still have all of my old cassette decks and CD players. My guitars are secondhand ‘relics’ from the ’60s and early ’80s. If I could get my hands on a Remington SL3 typewriter I would probably be clacking away on it right now. To hell if I can’t upload the typewritten page on this blog. I love old tunes from the ’70s and I wear flared jeans and retro-themed (threadbare) T-shirts). I don’t own any sleek high-tech gadgets. The iPod? I never wanted one. Call it being romantic or having an obsessive repulsion to change. I guess am one of those overly sentimental people and I make no apologies for it. And when it comes to old cars, well, they are my absolute weakness. It’s the ‘patina’ that attracts me, and the years of use that show on the paint and upholstery. I will never get enough of learning about a certain car’s history, and especially the stories made behind the wheel. I like to approach retro car owners and ask them why they are holding on to their wheels, keeping them alive and for all those years. It doesn’t matter if their cars are immaculately restored or are being held together with duct tape. I am after the relationships behind man (or woman) and their old machines. If any of you are curious, I want to take you back to a time long gone with this blog. I suppose driving all-new, fresh-from-the-factory-floor test-drives is one of the reasons why I want to tackle a topic that is often overlooked. The world of motoring isn’t just about things that are shiny and new. I miss the smell of exhaust and gasoline permeating into the cockpit and the sound of a carburetor-fed engine at full-open throttle. I also want to share some stories of my own, and offer some practical advice about reviving, restoring, and maintaining an old car. As you’ve probably guessed, I have a project that I am currently working on— something that is very dear to me. Keeping this car ‘alive’ is no joke, and it seems that the battle against rust will never end. Finding the little pieces and parts to make it whole also poses its set of challenges. But, it is all worth it. Why don’t you all dust off your Espadrilles, put on your Wayfarers and come with me on a ride with a retro vibe. Let’s bridge the generations, shall we?
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