Mel’s sidenotes: Oldtimer Migration

Many birds migrate. Some fish and marine mammals migrate. Some landborne animals migrate – and even the Monarch butterfly migrates in swarms from somewhere in Canada to southern South America. And Oldtimers migrate, too!

On our way north on US 101 today, we noticed an increased number of oldtimers, lovingly appointed and polished to a super-shine. Ok, the weather was fine, the US 101 is very scenic, so why not take your streetrod for a spin?!? But we saw many of them in all types, colors and sizes. Some alone, some in pairs or even small groups. All travelling the US 101 south…

Well, we did National Geographic a favor and solved this unusal and so far unresearched natural phenomenon a little bit later at a scenic overview, where we were able to catch on of the Oldies (“Wild Plum”) resting there (and two big Pick-Ups with empty car trailers). It’s a NSRA streetrod club from Idaho who does a tour every year starting on Farther’s Day for about two weeks. They had about 90 vehicles with them, most of them from the 1940s. The two Pick-Ups accompanying the “Wild Plum” (10.000 manhours in it for restoration and “pimping”) belong to the “Rescue and Repair” team – if one of the Oldies has mechanical problems, they try to fix it and if it is unfixable, the nice old car gets to finish the trip piggyback on a car trailer.

Most of the owner/drivers we saw navigating these wonderful cars down the road were silverhaired to match the chrome on their cars – what a nice hobby for retirement

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