We hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving long weekend last week. Perhaps you were able to get some quality time with your car because today, November 28, is Car Wash Day in Japan. In fact, it’s one of two Car Wash Days, the other one being April 28. In Japanese, the numbers 1128 and 428 can be read as a homonym for the phrase “high luster” or “high gloss”. Here in southern California, it’s necessary to wash, clay, and wax twice a year to protect the paint, as the harsh sun tends to pulverize the clear coat and discolor plastics. That, and buying a whole ‘nother car that you don’t care about as a daily beater.
What does your car cleaning regimen consist of?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s your favorite childhood road trip memory?“.
Road trips certainly seemed like bigger occasions in simpler times. Even a trip in a Honda Civic CVCC from Olympia, Washington to Seattle elicited fond memories for f31roger. Fred Langille recalled how it took nearly three weeks to drive halfway across the country to visit grandma, and throughout the whole time there was no way to get updates about important events back home. Childhood road trips also presented opportunities to cast safety to the wind, not that we thought much about the topic back then. Mike P. remembered driver swaps on the fly, while Michael K. reminisced about playing in the back of the family wagon, and nlpnt proved the B-52’s correct about the size of old Chryslers.
This week MWC wins for his inspirational tale of a 9,000-mile trans-continental road trip in a J80 Land Cruiser. It’s the kind of travel the car was made for, though we shudder to think about how much the gas bill was.