The holiday season is upon us, and that means a lot of traveling to visit family and friends. Some of our earliest experiences of automotive adventures are sitting in the back of the family station wagon, in the days before seat belt laws, and going on what seemed like never-ending car rides across states to visit relatives. Perhaps the prevalence of screens on such drives might be one reason why the younger generation has less interest in cars, but in the days before smart phones or headrest-mounted screens we looked for cool cars in interstate traffic and alphabets in road signs to keep ourselves occupied. Studying mom and dad operate the controls and buttons on the dash gave us an appreciation for the machinery. These were good times.
What’s your favorite childhood road trip memory?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “Why aren’t there more good looking cars?“.
The lack of beauty in car design sure is a head scratcher. Most of the answers from last week tended to put the blame on regulations, but we don’t buy that answer 100 percent. All carmakers are subject to the same regulations, but some companies (Mazda, mostly) can churn out great-looking cars that aren’t overly busy.
Jay S attributed it to the laws of physics and the fact that cars are all converging on the aerodynamic ideal, which makes sense. Mike P. says it’s just cyclical, and trends will come back around to good design. Fred Langille ascribed it to the state of the world. MikeRL411 pointed a finger at the fact that all designers learn on the same software.
The winner this week was Clay, who made a keen observation along those lines that is also completely true. Car designers can are artists, yet somehow they all end up dressing the same:
I was kind of disappointed a few years ago when there was a big meeting of designers from several manufacturers and they all showed up wearing black. Lack of imagination?
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!