Vin­tage cars turn heads


THE old say­ing “they don’t make them like they used to” is more than ap­pli­ca­ble when it comes to cars, and there were plenty of fine ex­am­ples of clas­sic mo­tor ve­hi­cles on dis­play at the Grafton Vin­tage Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Club’s Retro Mo­tor­fest this week­end.

The shapes, the sounds, the smells of all the old cars is some­thing that can’t be beaten.

My grand­fa­ther had a red 1965 Cortina, and I loved to sit in the back seat of that car when­ever we would visit. I can still smell the old leather and the hear sounds of the engine. Even the thud the door made when it was closed was great to hear.

I re­cently stuck my head in­side an­other old car and the smells and sounds came flood­ing back to me, like I was a kid again.

I’ve al­ways won­dered how peo­ple could be so into their cars. I used to think they were just a way of get­ting from A to B, and the nicer the car the bet­ter the jour­ney.

How­ever look­ing at the old clas­sics, it’s hard not to be into it. They’re mar­vel­lous pieces of en­gi­neer­ing, ma­chines that have a story and his­tory that’s worth the time, ef­fort and money keep­ing alive.

My grand­fa­ther doesn’t have the old Cortina any more, but maybe one day I’ll be able to find my­self a a clas­sic, shine it up and proudly dis­play it.

They re­ally don’t make them like they used to.

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