In case you did not know The Colonel was at Cobble Beach a few days ago, we heard that his memory was awaken on a few occasion. He is sharing a coffee with us this morning, lets ask him a few questions.
Q: Your memory bank was opened on a few occasions last Sunday.
A: Guys, at times small things get one to connect forgotten dots, it was a fascinating experience.
Q: You connected a few dots, care to be specific?
A: Floors shifts coming out of the floor with a black rubber booth around the lever and no console. Reminded me of a Hurst shifter with a T handle froma few decades ago.
Q: We heard that the Pontiac "honeycomb" wheels attracted you.
A: Yes...had not seen honeycomb wheels in a long time, they were the hot set up at the time, the wheel is steel, the honeycomb is some sort of plastic. Those were the days when Pontiac was experiementing with various plastics.
A: Did you sell cars with honeycomb wheels?
Q: What do you think...yes.
Q: What is it with V16 Cadillacs?
A: Goes back to when luxury cars had bigger engines, had an opportunity to observe a V16 distributor cap with 16 wires coming out of it, and a Delco Remy plate on the side of the distibutor. Had never seen a distributor cap with 16 wires before. At a later date they would have doubled the distributors having only 8 wires per cap.
Q: What is it with the plane?
A: Its a De Havilland Beaver from 1955, and I flew in one to Algonquin Park some years back, totally cool with wind up windows, radial engine, and mechanical controls. This particular plane departed from Buttonville, to Lake Joseph, to Cobble Beach.
Q: What else caught your memory?
A: The extreme simplicity of cars from almost 100 years ago, evolved to what at the time was considered complex (although still mechanical and simple) to the extreme technology of today's cars.
Q: What is the message?
A: We expect a lot more from cars, than we ever did.