Nothing speaks to American psyche quite so much as does the automobile; from the humble beginnings in the late eighteen hundreds, Americans have shared a growing obsession about cars (and, of course, trucks), Nothing else inhabits quite so much of our history and attention, nor has there been quite the marriage between form, function and beauty as there are the automobile – it has reached the height of an art form and at the same time built the country that we know today, and many times that art and functionality has shared the same body.
Simply look at the 1923 Traveling Church, built on the frame of a model T, or the first army trucks – for more extravagant examples, the ’47 Mack trucks, or the ’53 Studebaker truck are great examples – the ’57 Chevy step side short bed.
And the cars are even stronger when it comes to blending art form with functionality; four door sedans, station wagons, even coupes that were big enough to haul Mom and Dad and five kids – the golden years of cars seem as though they were in the past, and it is true we have undergone some rough patches over the years, especially as American car makers forgot their mission of beauty and dependability in recent decades.
But things are on the upswing again, with form and function once more becoming a driving force – and ItzaCarThing has a simple goal – to say, “Welcome to the community for car lovers. Where you can find the best car information news, brands, retailers and even the occasional blooper and blunder.”
There is even room at ItzaCarThing for the quirky; the Ford Fiesta, the quirky and powerful musclecars of AMC Motors; even something like the Pinto and the Monza have been transformed by the ingenuity and perseverance of the American car loving audience.
ItzaCarThing welcomes all these people, for the one thing that is without question – when all is said and done, though we may disagree strongly about which car is the best looking, the most dependable or the fastest and best handling car out there, car lovers simply love cars – some not so much as others, but they are all in some way or another a magical creation.
At ItzaCarThing, we envision a community that agrees on that if nothing else – as Americans, we are a car people, and that is what this website is all about – the love of everything cars, from mechanical questions to discussions about which is the best, from tips and tricks to selling and buying – from rating your local markets and lots to communicating how much an old car is actually worth, ItzaCarThing seeks to answer all these questions in an organic, online community forum.
So the next time you get in your car, think about the first time you drove the family car on your own – it may have been something completely mundane – to get some milk or eggs for Mom, or just to go fill it up with gas – or it could have been on the sly, before you had your license or even your parents’ permission. Whatever the reason, the feeling we had was mutual – now we were entering that age when magical things happen -now we were beginning to be adults! So go to ItzaCarThing, and tell us the story of the first time you drove – and what kind of car it was. Mine was a 73 Ford station wagon with fake wood paneling, and I will never forget it.