Saturday, March 25, 2006
9 Year Old Driver! Vintage Auto Memories Part I
My Daddy started driving when he was nine years old.
And he wasn't breaking the law.
... Because there were no traffic laws in 1914!
It seems like every time I talk to my 101 year old Daddy about anything that happened a long time ago, he dates it by remembering which car he was driving at the time, so I thought I'd try to get him to remember all his old cars, and see where the stories lead him.
Daddy learned how to drive in a 1914 Hudson cloth top open touring car, and he drove it all over the rutty paths that passed for roads around Bessemer, McCalla, and Birmingham, Alabama.
It's hard to imagine a nine year old bouncing along, tightly gripping the wheel, fighting to keep the hard tires in the deep ruts. It wasn't at all unusual to have to stop and get a nearby farmer to use his mules to help pull the car out of a ditch or muddy rut.
These early automobiles didn't go but about 15 miles an hour. They were hard fought, but thrilling miles, for a young country boy, used to riding a mule or walking everywhere.
nostalgia, childhood memories, vintage automobiles, Hudson automobile