Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sepia Saturday #2: From Pedals to Pistons

A few facts as I know them:

This photo was taken January or February of 1947
in Talladega, Alabama.
The photographer was his father.
The shiny new pedal car is a Chrysler,
indicated on the rear insignia and by the hood ornament.
At the time he was an only child,
with a younger sister in his near future.
He would grow up to become a genuine Car Guy
and be happy behind the wheel of...
a Jeep (learned to drive in this one)
Hudson, Ford, Chevrolet Corvair (family cars)
Porsche, Huey (1200 horsepower), Volvo, Citroen SM, and
BMW Mini Cooper S (his personal choices).

No, not Ricky Bobby, of Talledega Nights fame...
(Hint: He did beget another car enthusiast.)

Yes, you guessed it!
The Colonel, age two, as lovable as ever
...with places yet to go!


Betsy said...

That is an adorable child and pedal car! I'm a Nascar fan, so Talledega immediately caught my eye! Imagine peddling that around the track! ha.

Poetikat said...

Hi Firelight! I've got you on the list now.

Nice photo and details. Just have to mention that we drive a BMW Mini Cooper (not the "S" model though).


willow said...

Aww! It's easy to see who Cameron's daddy is! This picture is priceless. I love that it's a little Chevy. Once a car guy, always a car guy, right? Cute post, FireLight Lady!

Derrick said...

And a cheeky tongue put-er out-er too! Always hard to believe we were ever so young - or maybe how we managed to get so much older!

Stephanie said...

Fabulous photo - your dad is a doll - and the detail on the pedal car is wonderful.

Stephanie said...

Your Beau is a good looking fellow. Mine is a mixed breed from two purebreds, mother an Old English, father a Bichon Frise - certainly an odd combo. Mr. Moose is wildly entertaining to me. Okay, I AM easily entertained! Thanks for stopping by. Stephanie

PhilipH said...

A very lucky young lad. What a great toy car! When I was his age, back in 1940-ish, my best toy was an old car tyre which I would roll all along the road, time and time again.

A little car like in the photo would have been out of this world then. Still, an old tyre was good fun and kept me on the move!

Anonymous said...

Love those sepia pictures. Gotta see if I can find some. The little boy and the car are just precious. Don't know if he would appreciate the word precious or not. Some dude, maybe?

Martin H. said...

The lad's all ready for the open road. Sounds as though this photograph was prophetic!

L. D. Burgus said...

What a classic photo. His hair is all combed and he is proud of his car. It was his destiny to own and drive. Nice blog.

LadyCat said...

What a great photo. I really like his pose. He seems completely comfortable at the wheel...a natural. He also has great taste in cars. I learned to drive in a Corvair, back in the day : )

La Petite Gallery said...

I enjoyed the photo.
He is such a darling Little boy
and so lucky to have that car.
My first visit to your site,
drop over and see me.


rallentanda said...

I always asked for one of those pedal cars for Xmas but never got one.When I asked my mother
she said Santa only gave cars to the boys.Anway my old Santa gave me a black Saab 900i cabriolet for a city run around.I love your Auburn roadster.Santa says it is the correct original colour but he prefers a
Duesenberg.He is a car nutter also.

tony said...

Easy Rider!

Meri said...

His pride and delight are so obvious, it must have been foreshadowing. I've scrolled down and read several posts, so the past 15 minutes have been great fun.

Catfish Tales said...

I'm speechless, which doesn't happen very often. Then again, I don't know the Colonel. :)

But clever you to write such a nicely flowing verse with such a delightful ending. Cheers

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Hi Firelight..came by to say Hi and see what's up. Loved the Sepia Saturday..I always enjoy my visit here with you...

more later, my friend

kary and buddy

Gaston Studio said...

OMG, my uncle, only 5 years older than me, had this very same little car. I loved it, but he didn't share that often... drats!

MuseSwings said...

What a handsome lad in his very first car! Beautiful post! Thanks for stopping by - I loved your comments about dresses. Yes, they were once works of art. Most of the dresses today are all about allure and have nothing to say for themselves except " Look who I'm wearin'!"

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