Jan 25, 2014

Is Memorabilia Fostering Better Mental Health?

The classic car cruise-in was a hit, judging from the size of the crowd. Classic and antique cars were parked up and down Main Street in Galax, Virginia, and more were circling the block in an impromptu parade. Radios blasted 1950s Doo-Wop and Rock n’ Roll; every 20 feet one song would segue into another. As I turned a corner, there it was: my first car, a 1959 Chevy Impala with its horizontal tail fins, teardrop taillights and “spaceship” dashboard. With no power steering, it handled like a tank and was difficult to parallel park. The car was just eight years old when I bought it (for $350). It wasn’t the least bit sexy and none of my friends were impressed by it; in 1967, muscle cars ruled. But I loved that car, sexy or not. Seeing this one brought back fond memories.

Which is exactly the point of having a classic car cruise-in. Such car shows are nostalgia driven; people attend solely for the purpose of reliving a part of their youth. Read More

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