Cool, unique rides rev up thoughts of summer

Car shows are always among my favorite events as spring warms up and we head toward summertime. A part of decades past, they inspire fans to reminisce about driving in the days of hotrods. For me, they’re about appreciating the cool cars we just don’t see everyday. At two events this month, a few cars in particular stood out to me. Here are some of my favorites (the first three were taken at Rose Tree Park in Media, Pa., the rest were taken at Delaware Park Casino’s Beers and Gears):

I don’t often see this model of an old Dodge, a Coronet. What caught my attention was how it reminded me of the menacing “Christine” movie car, although it wasn’t the same brand that set out chasing the onscreen teens.

Christine Car LAL 1

While checking out a McLaren, everyone was amazed at its lack of visible handles on doors that looked like they opened DeLorean-style. Maybe they were hidden under the top edge jutting out over the doors’ middle section. Well, either way, it sure was impressive!

McLaren 5

McLaren 7

The Chevy Camaro is my all-time favorite sports car and a custom-made model like I’d never seen before was a stunning set of wheels.

Super Camaro 1

Next, these two VW vans reminded me of when a neighbor owned one and I rode in it with them on trips to a local state park. It was more similar to the yellow one, minus the roof rack. They’re a symbol of fun times during my childhood.

Yellow VW Van 2

Red VW Van 1

I love these classic hotrods with eye-catching flames painted on the hood and along the sides! Although I see these at many car shows, this one came with its own unique element. The framed set of photos leaning up against its front end shared what must have been an amazing road trip in a head-turning cool ride.

Roadtrip Flame Car 1

This pick-up truck was unusual to me simply because of the name on it: Corvair. Until then, I’d only seen it featured on sporty little cars.

Corvair Truck 2

A real antique, this model by Stanley, as in the steamer company. I’ve seen old Fords (not usually blue) at various car shows and they always fascinate me because of how far back they were made. Not only that, but it’s the difference between them and cars of today. The same goes for this car, of course, carrying a familiar name and the history that goes with it.

Stanley Car 1

What seemed like an old cop car, now maybe used as a rat rod, drew my curiosity to get a closer look. The worn appearance made me imagine an intriguing past. Stepping up to it, I noticed variety of items on the dashboard and couldn’t help but wonder about them as well.

Trinket Rad Rod 1

Trinket Rad Rod 2

Lastly, an old Chevy pick-up, worn but showing a striking blue color was a reminder of an uncle’s classic truck. When I was younger, my parents and I sometimes happened to spot him out on the road and I always thought it was neat to see among newer cars.

Old Blue Ch Truck 1

Until next time, I’m looking forward to more car shows in the coming months.

About caroldwyer

A freelance photographer and blogger, I'm also a non-traditional graduate of Cabrini College with a B.A. in communication, minor in English and concentration in film studies. As a student, I was a staff writer, photographer and copy editor for the Loquitur. In my final semester, I assisted in promoting campus literary events for Woodcrest Literary Magazine. I love travel, historic places, nature, wildlife and the arts. I hope to be involved in some way with one of those areas throughout my media career. Currently, I'm pursuing my M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing. Read my film blog at - and my literary blog at
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