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Hagerty
Hagerty Employee

I took my 15-year-old nephew on an 850-mile rally in a 1949 Cadillac

Occasionally, you can achieve a narrow and fleeting kind of celebrity by appearing in a car magazine. As did my 15-year-old nephew Lucas when I wrote earlier this year about his plight. He's a teenager with an obsession for old things and old cars at a time of life when most kids are preoccupied with social media and its demands for pop-cult conformity.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/magazine-features/i-took-my-15-year-old-nephew-on-an-850-mile-rally-in...
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danhise
Advanced Driver

A wonderful piece by an old pro and a young one. My father bought a '48 Cadillac, which caused my mother to give him "up the country" for being a spendthrift (he was still in the Air Force after the war, teaching ROTC at Colgate, and clearly not making a ton of money). Sadly, he was killed in a freak plane crash shortly afterwards, and my mother had to sell the Caddy and buy a Chevy. It gave me special pleasure to see the photos of a car much like ours. And I grieved. Maybe I'll get a Blackwing in his memory. But a stick, not a Hydramatic.
Spookysgarage
Intermediate Driver

Nice send off Lucas
SmlyCat
New Driver

Love it!!!!
"Kids won't remember what you spend on them, but they will remember the time you spent with them."
MrBill-1943
Detailer

So very true. Asked my two children that questions years ago and it was "time" hands down. I wish parents of today would read stories like this as even today I spend "time" with my grandchildren and each of them let me know how memorable each moment really is.
SJ
Technician

Beyond awesome! Especially like:"And about four years ago, he declared his rally a “politics-free zone, because we’re all on vacation and there’s no point in arguing about sh*t we can’t do anything about.” Riding in my Dad's '55 was like being in the living room.
Hudson
Intermediate Driver

This is a great and excellent tale. I was glad it included Lucas' point of view.
L-Robinson
Pit Crew

Thanks!
elldorado2000
Detailer

Great story and sounds like a good time! Thanks for sharing.
Reinhold_Weege
Instructor

"The past year and a half had been depressing and restrictive, and I was finally going to be able to go out and experience something besides my house."

That in itself should make you pause. In the past two years, (most) adults have failed their children miserably. Anyone who has spent time with children of the Great Depression knows that one of that generation's stock phrases was "we never knew we were poor". This generation will be shaped by "We knew they weren't diseased, but we treated others as if they were."

buellerdan
Instructor

Great story, well done. Oh, BTW, Muncie 4 speeds were not top loaders, but Fords were.
jtchew
Pit Crew

Sounds like a trip as wonderful as the car itself.

Although he'd long since left cars of this vintage behind in a cloud of Chicago road salt and rust—and our destinations were mostly heavy-industry work related, so the trips were seldom so relaxed (or Instagram-ready)—a chance to get into Dad's car with a suitcase was always a highlight of my childhood. Learned a lot about machinery (cars and otherwise), driving, life, and our region of a big country that way...
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

I'm glad Lucas got to experience this. It sounds like a literal ton (or two) of fun. It's good to see people having an excitement for the things of past. Some of us might have been born in the wrong decade.
sego
Intermediate Driver

Great story. I agree with Lucas on the '51 Olds. Always loved the tab under the headlamps. And of course the '58 Edsel is the ultimate of the three model years.
V8LEE
Pit Crew

"Nowhere to go but everywhere". That quote says a lot. Thanks for sharing. Great story.
stevedale
Pit Crew

Loved this story! I would have enjoyed a trip like this in my younger years as well as now.
How does one get on a mailing list for a rally like this?
steve
Roundhouse
Intermediate Driver

No clue 

 

ive sent many emails trying to find the route for the Great Race portion from Newnan Ga to Chattanooga TN

Never got any response at all. Just totally ignored 

 

we live in north Ga and would love to run the route in one of our old cars , but apparently the route is top top  secret , even three years after the rally ….

FloridaMarty
Instructor

WOW! Love the article, Really love the photos. Thank you for sharing.
RobH
Intermediate Driver

Fantastic story! Thanks to you both - great juxtaposition from two points of view and, Uncle Aaron, I think you have your answer whether Lucas enjoyed the trip - his well written essay (future writer?) says it all! Well done, lads.
uweschmidt
Instructor

I am Green with Envy First Class Car First Class Trip by first Class People really and truly the Very best
Roundhouse
Intermediate Driver

I got my Lerners permit the day i turned 15
Maestro1
Technician

Aaron, wonderful article, thank you. The Cadillac is a beauty and the time spent with Lucas is precious.
warrene
Detailer

There's one in a junkyard near here, I may go see what shape it's in, check on the price. Last time I saw it, looked pretty good and all there, that IS the main thing, everything there. You can weld in holes and fix things, but you can't fix what isn't there, or work with it.
L-Robinson
Pit Crew

Where is this? I’d love to know!
KdFregistry
Intermediate Driver

Wonderful article Aaron. Lucas's first of many to come! I could only imagine being 15 and my Dad taking me on an adventure like that! Boy oh boy, I would never forget that!
SuperDeLuxe
Advanced Driver

I remember when I was Lucas' age, old cars were available but far beyond my modest means. I saved up and bought a '62 Corvair when I got my drivers license, hoping to someday own a 1948 Chevy Fleetline Aerosedan. I never got the '48 but I've owned a lot of cars since then. Keep the faith Lucas!
Papa
New Driver

Enjoyed the article. I have been with Scott on the FRR for 15 wonderful trips. This year I had the blessing of traveling with my grandson. At age of 87, that was indeed a privilege. Lyle Corey

Tinkerah
Engineer

Indeed a wonderful insight to a terrific experience. I think I explain LHD vs. RHD: it doesn't matter which side so much as that they were all the same. When roads were very narrow two cars approaching each other could barely squeeze by and the drivers needed to be able to peer out alongside to avoid scraping each other. And I'd never considered that there are people whose birthday falls on 9/11.
TheGarageFiles
New Driver

What an absolute great story! Wish this happens more often, realize it or not, there's a great bond that forms after one of these trips. I try and include my 12 year old son on things like this anytime I can.
L-Robinson
Pit Crew

Thank you!
Hymie60
Intermediate Driver

Very, very interesting story. Well written comments by Lucas. Hope you get your Oldsmobile someday; I had a 1949 Olds 88 in high school.
L-Robinson
Pit Crew

Thank you! I love how back in that time each gm car had a defining front look. The Oldsmobile look very tired, the Buick look like they have a big bushy mustache, the Pontiac had a metal stripe, the Cadillac had big teeth, and the Chevy look like a half rest note
Casey
Intermediate Driver

"the cozy interior and elegant exterior of the Cadillac solidified my love for these classics. I will have one, someday"
Touché, Lucas.
L-Robinson
Pit Crew

It was lovely
RoyRSorenson
Pit Crew

Coolest Uncle award!