I love old cars. I love how they look, I love how they sound, hey I even love how they smell (most of the time). So, when I have the oportunity to observe them up close, I simply can't resist.
We're used to see perfectly restored oldtimers in specialized magazines and websites. You know, those rare pieces of fine machinery worth houndreds of thousands of dollars, meticulosly restored in a hospital-like workshops. Most of them see the light of day only on special events like Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy, or are hidden in Batman cave-like garages on exotic locations all over the world.
Fortunately for us mortals, the oldtimer car culture is not limited to exotic cars only. There's an army of everyday Jacks who spend their spare time in their small garages where they bring everyday cars of the past to life. I'm talking Fiat 500's, Renault 4's, old Peugeots and 4 cylinder BMW's.
This is why I like to visit the local show in my home town. The atmosphere is relaxed, far from elitist. Don't get me wrong, there are some fantastic cars, but it's not unusual to see a perfectly restored Alfa Romeo Giulietta and a-bit-not-so-original BMW e21 Baur parked side by side.
Some of those cars aren't garage queens, no they are daily drivers, serving their owners in everyday situations, rain or shine. But nevertheless, to their owners, they are equally important as if they were Ferraris or Maseratis.
Every single time there are some cars that drop my jaw instantly. Old Alpine, Porsche 912, Alfa Spiders, it's so nice to see them in flesh, not only on pictures. And to see them in movement is something special too.
So, next time you hear there's a classic car show nearby, don't be lazy, go there and enjoy. Take your children too. The times are changing, who knows how long we will have the chance to see them run free on the streets.