C Stands for Cars of the 1950s
Cars have been around for a long time, but we're looking at the boom in cars in the 1950s. During World War II, the American manufacturing economy produced war-related items. At the end of the war, production switched to consumer goods. By the end of the 1950s, one in six working Americans were employed either directly or indirectly in the automotive industry. The U. S. was the largest automobile manufacturer in the world.
For graduation, one of my friends parents gave her a white and pink car. It looked something like this, except the top was pink and the bottom white. A bunch of us drove all over town as she showed off her new car.
I think hers was a Ford Victoria, but I wanted you to see a pink car.
Tailfins, reminiscent of rockets from the Space Age and Space Race, and radio antennas imitating Sputnik 1 became popular by the end of the decade.
My dream was to buy a sky blue Cadillac convertible when I graduated.
Well, I bought a green Ford convertible. The price fit my pocket book better.
I couldn't find a picture just like it.
Hot Rodding Cars were popular. The origin of the term "hot rod" is unclear, but the culture was popular in the post-war culture of the 1950s. The November 1950 cover of Hot Rod magazine announced the first hot rod to exceed 200 mph. It set the record at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Drag racing, though it wasn't anything new, became popular. C. J. "Pappy" Hart founded Santa Anna Drags, the first drag strip in the U. S., in Southern California.
NASCAR winner "The Fabulous Hudson Hornet"
And there's also NASCAR, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, the second most popular spectator sport in the U. S. behind the National Football League.
There's a lot more we could say about cars, but I imagine you've read enough.
Signing off for tonight. The cat wants some attention.