Oboy, some new vinyl to look for! Certainly agree that the electric guitar is THE instrument of the modern musical age. Chet Atkins is my all-time favorite, but when Rock electrified, my heart and head fell into line pretty quickly.
I may be inventing justification for this, but my take is that classic car folks (and I realize that not all Hagerty people are into "classic cars" in the traditional sense - and also that there may not even be a "traditional sense" anywhere buy in my head 😊) - but anyway - that those who are like me put the driving experience and the music experience together. Especially Rock, but not exclusively.
Just yesterday, I was talking to a Mobile DJ friend at a small car gathering. I remarked that when I was a kid, my folks were listening to '30s and '40s Big Band, Swing, Jazz, and I was as entertained by Lawrence Welk as by Elvis. Then Rock hit, then the British Invasion, and I also began exploring the old school Country tunes. I told him that I felt blessed to have listened to learned to appreciate many types of music (including some great classical melodies and symphonies when I want to chill out and relax) - but that I keep centering back to music that features the Electric Guitar. I wondered if all of the genres I love would just fade out as the younger (boom-boom bass and hip-hop) crowd grew in to eminence. His take (and he's nearly 20 years younger than me) is that the "classic rock" scene is indeed suffering, but that he actually sees a lot of interest from "30-somethings" in some retro rock stuff and a LOT of requests for '80s music from Gen X'rs.
Anyway, I find the tie-in between Electric Guitar Rock and "For The Road" an engaging subject, as I've spend many hours building playlists for my drive-time, from long trips, to late night driving, to classic car cruising, to I-Wanna-Forget-My-Troubles-And-Just-Drive times.
Now, to finish up @56NomadJohn, I gotta tell ya: in the late '60s a buddy had a '56 Nomad, and it was my favorite car of all the cars I had or our other friends had for a very long time. So when I read your 'handle', I was loathe to even sound like I was showing any opposite views to yours, because frankly, if you've got a '56 Nomad, IMHO, you are indeed a god!
Good question -- I'm the fellow who paid John Marks to write this, so here's my answer.
There's a subset of people who read Hagerty and think we should focus on nothing but cars from... say, 1953 to 1971. Other people think we're not giving Brass Era enough love. Still others say we should focus on the modern classics. Then you have people who want to read nothing but Chip Foose and Wayne Carini stories.
Automotive enthusiasm is a big tent. It covers everybody from the Brass Era restorer to the fellow who gets a Lexus IS500 instead of an IS300. A lot of these people want to talk about music, travel, all the things surrounding the cars we love. John Marks is one of the best-credentialed music and stereo equipment reviewers in the business. It's my privilege to be able to bring him here to talk about what we listen to in our cars.
Now, you might think we could better use this space for yet another Jay Leno or Chip Foose story. But it's not an either-or. We still provide all that great stuff for our Baby Boomer car enthusiasts. Camaros, 'Cudas, all of that. I don't take a penny or a moment away from our core traditional coverage. This is something extra, for our big tent of enthusiasts.
I appreciate your patience with us -- and if you want MORE of something, I'm the fellow to ask, and I'll work to make sure you're satisfied.
@Jack_Hagerty - Here, here, and hip, hip hooray that the Hagerty "tent" also wants to cover many different facets of the lives and passions of its members. Egyptian Linen Pillowcases and car enthusiasts existences BOTH have many threads...and I'm one who counts music high on the list. I'm fine with Carini, Foose, and Leno stories - they're usually good reads and tell me something I might no otherwise experience. But mixing it up, and giving as many views and insights as possible will ensure that this community will have a fully fleshed-out view of itself.
Now, how about an article on the very best flavors of ice cream to cruise to get in our infinitely favorite rides? 🍦🍧🍨😋