We’ve all owned things we probably wish we still had. For us car nuts, it’s probably a car or truck we could kick ourselves for selling, wishing it were still around. This is about a group of cars I never owned, but I really miss them all the same.
A few summers back, my cousin Mike emailed me and said, “They are crushing the cars.” My heart sank for I knew exactly what he was talking about. He and I had seen them many times at the former Midway Drive-in Movie in Sweetwater Texas where he lives. That abandoned drive-in was the graveyard of some classic American iron, cars and trucks from the 40’s and 50s that hadn’t run in decades. I answered him back. “We’ve got to do something!” An hour later he replied “too late – they’re all gone – they only kept a couple at the junk yard across the street.”
My mind raced with what could have been done:
- Buy the lot of them and sell them to collectors.
- Advertise the parts for sale.
- Restore some of the best ones.
No matter now – they were gone. Not that I could afford to do much with them anyway, but the thought of them all being crushed for scrap metal at 10 cents a pound was almost criminal.
Fortunately I had photographed them during a previous visit there. So all I have now is memories of that day seeing the cars, meeting the owner, and these photos:
We all have things we wish we had said or done differently in our pasts. But this is not about regrets, and guilt is the devil’s playground. Do I have anything important left unsaid or undone in my life? As long as I’m breathing, it’s not too late.