Back When I Was A Kid

Cars were very colorful and some were even pastels or pink.

We would get dressed up for birthday parties and sometime there was even a pony.

We would play in the street and our parents didn’t worry about us being kidnapped.

Gas was really cheap. A dollar or two would get you pretty far and the attendant even washed your windows and checked your oil. (I know, this was my summer job when I was in high school.)

When TV stations went off the air they would show a test pattern.

Hula hoops were the rage.

Girls passed notes all the time. Today the text each other.

These coolers were filled with ice-cold circulating water, so the drinks almost hurt when you first took a swig.

You could find most anything at a five and dime store. I used to go to them with my Nana, would would always get me something.

If you were lucky, you had a TV in the living room. Black and white at first, then color that wasn’t really very good. Wow, how things have changed.

Records were a major form of entertainment for kids of all ages.
Yes, things were a lot simpler, AND SAFER, back then.

Beany’s Drive-Thru

This really takes me back. This pre-McDonalds franchise expansion video shows Ray Kroc walking up in a suit and tie to buy a burger.
Notice the DRIVE UP window speaker to order…. 1953!!
This is great to watch if only for the cars and the clothes! There is so much to take in, you will probably watch this a few times.

Beany’s Drive Thru – Long Beach, California – 1952-53 from Win Edson on Vimeo.

The BMW 8 Series

When I was in my mid-forties, the BMW 8 Series was introduced. I fell in love with it and vowed I would buy one as soon as possible. As you can see in my post titled “Cars I Have Owned,” a few years later my dream came true.

It is a very special car, different from the rest because of the way it looks. I find it hard to believe that over 28 years have passed since the company’s flagship model first made me fall in love with it. But even today, the 8 Series still looks as sexy as it was back then. It’s truly a testament to the incredible design of the car.

When it was first introduced at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 8 Series captivated a lot of people’s hearts. It became even more special when BMW decided to offer a massive 5.0-liter V-12 under its hood, allowing it to produce up to 380 horsepower. It had an electronic limiter that would not allow you to exceed 150 MPH. I actually took mine up to that speed once and what a thrill it was.

The 8 Series ended up becoming a classic when BMW decided to stop offering it in the U.S. in 1998. But to this day, the 8 Series is still held in high esteem, so much so that BMW took the time to mark the 25th anniversary for the coupe .

They even prepared a commemorative video to celebrate the occasion, bringing in “BMW 8er: Power & HIghtech” author Niels Hamann to properly encapsulate the magnificence of this model.

There aren’t a lot of people who know the 8 Series more than Hamann, so when he says that the model remains the “most successful German 12-cylinder coupe ever”, I’m not going to dispute the man. As a former owner, it is the best car I have ever owned. I am still temped to buy another one and restore it.