Sunday, August 11, 2013

Station Wagons Rock

I get a lot of snark from some people about my love for my station wagon.  It’s the antithesis of cool, I’m told; no one worth any measure of hipness would be caught driving the ultimate symbol of American suburban white-bread conformity.

To which I reply, Oh yeah?  Or rather, oh, yeah yeah yeah?

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The front plate says it all.

This [1972 Chrysler] Town & Country was owned by ex-Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono. Bought new by Apple Records, it had been picked out by Lennon and purchased through the London office. The choice of car was twofold: one, the size meant that it was perfect for slinging guitars and instruments in the back, and secondarily big cars like this were everywhere at the time – it actually stood out less than the psychedelic Rolls Royce or ostentatious Ferrari he had back in Europe. This, for Lennon, was a way to be inconspicuous in the hustle and bustle of NYC.

Imagine that.

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