- Hero image: Taken in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Cades Cove Loop Road in Tennessee, USA. Image taken by Jamie Breeden. All other images as credited. Art, text and errors by: Chris Breeden

Driving Around

Driving a classic car, down an old road is like spending time in the past. The problem, in my area, is finding an old road that hasn't been modified over the years. You can still find short stretches of roads that were bypassed when the main part of the road was widened, but they are usually too short to be much fun. Plus, most of the time you'll find yourself having to drive on new roads, to get to events and locations you need to be at.

Photo by: Jamie Breeden. Taken in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Cades Cove Loop Road in Tennessee, USA.

Driving an old car on a road designed for new cars, can be hectic! It does bring about some interesting reactions from people!

Life through the windshield of a '54 Ford F100. Not something that is usually seen at an intersection. Photo by: Chris Breeden

If you have ever driven or ridden in an old car you have probably noticed the reactions you received while on your trip. The reaction I find most interesting are the people who look confused by the sight of an old car.

ABOVE: First: Railroad overpass just outside of Normandy, Tennessee, by: Chris Breeden Second: Bridge over Garrison Fork between Normandy and Wartrace, Tennessee, by: Chris Breeden

Their surprise shouldn't be that comical to me, but it is. In fairness, an old car setting at a traffic light in a shopping center is as about as removed from its original context as it gets and the experience of seeing one is different. The experience is out of the ordinary, for most people. The experience is special. Special is good. Out of the ordinary is good. Different is good. While I like driving my old car on old roads, driving one on new roads is just as fun, if for no other reason than to see how people react to their own surprise!

Keep on Cruisin'!

Art by: Chris Breeden

Thanks for reading!

About the Author:

"Chris Breeden is a Social Media content creator for Custom & Hot Rod Life on DRIVETRIBE, YouTube and Facebook. After spending 5 years in Southern California, a.k.a. Hot Rod Heaven, while serving as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Marine Corps, he moved back home to Tennessee with an even greater love for Hot Rodded Vintage Tin. Since then he has worked in retail sales and the transportation and logistics industry. In 2018, seeing a gap in Hot Rod and Custom Car coverage on DRIVETRIBE, Chris began advocating for their inclusion on the platform. During the summer months, he can be found all over the Tennessee region covering car shows, meets, and cruise-ins. During the winter months, he can be found in the garage working on his custom 1949 Ford two-door sedan and 1954 F100 truck."