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Those were the days       ©2014 Old Finn
Panasonic DMC-FZ200       4th place, 111 points
1/200s, f4, ISO 100, 99mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Raw conversion, cropped, histogram, lightness/contrast, USM, resized, sharpened.       Extra Info: Owners of old American cars came to celebrate the labor day
 
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ambaker
May 12, 2014
    Ahh....the days when the high beam button was on the floor. Much more satisfying was to flash your lights at some one who forgot to dim theirs. Thanks for the trip down memory lane...

Jade O.
May 12, 2014
    1956. I think that was the year Mepo started collecting his pension... Congrats on a fine finish!

Mepo
May 12, 2014
    Congrats on your finish. To answer your question, I think this was a 1956 Ford Mercury Montclair. That's the year Ford introduced a slew of safety improvements. Unfortunately these were not received well as most people believed in rumour as opposed to fact (nothing much has changed:-). The deep dish steering wheel was a first. It was designed to prevent the steering column from crushing the driver's chest in an accident. They also got rid of the thin metal horn rings that were popular because they looked flashy. The problem was that they would snap in an accident and pierce the driver like a rapier but they looked good and people wanted them back. They also introduced seat belts but I remember people refusing to wear them because "Any fool knows that if you get in an accident the belt will tear you in half".

Lo
May 12, 2014
    Nicely done Old Finn!

mrsawyer
May 12, 2014
    Congrats on your high finish!

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Edward
May 12, 2014
    I like the "retro - deco" looks. In my top 3. My guess is that it is definitely a Ford; I'm thinking maybe an Edsel?

Lo
May 10, 2014
    What a difference between these cars and the cars of today. This one has certainly seen better times. Wonderful detail, great composition.

Ginny
May 10, 2014
    cool car!

Jade O.
May 10, 2014
    Nice detail shot.

forkcandles
May 10, 2014
    the Americans have a certain style over practical in making dashboards like this one which would have appealled to the ladies

cookiejar
May 10, 2014
    This photo really puts you in the drivers seat. I enjoyed the experience.

mariac
May 10, 2014
    Great details and colours, a favourite.

Old Finn
May 9, 2014
    Thanks SteveBee and Mepo. Mepo, thanks for your interesting comment. Nice to hear a story about this car from somebody having driven one of those. By the way, can you tell me the brand of that car.
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Mepo
May 9, 2014
    Lovely shot - I can still remember when those colours were popular LOL. Interesting to see the dimmer switch on the floor - I much preferred that location! Also the huge brake pedal - I remember having both feet standing hard on it in a desperate attempt to stop. Those cars had terrible brakes, especially noticeable if your were driving in the mountains when they would fade very quickly. No air bags so you might end up with a steering wheel in your chest if you couldn't stop :-) I love those old cars but they also help me appreciate how far we have progressed. In my top picks.

SteveBee
May 8, 2014
    Top five. Interesting subject with lots of character. Love the color. Would try to find an angle or crop to minimize the under dash area.
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