Here is a car example. My 64 Galaxie 427 and all those old cars are great. But so is my 2005 GTO or a new 2018 850HP Demon and a 1000HP Camaro Exorcist.
The sad part is the expense. I cannot afford $100K for a modern Muscle Car. Not only did horse power and technology zoom to the heights so did the prices of today's cars.
The funny part is, some of those old era muscle cars today are worth as much as the new ones as collector cars. A boss 429 trailer queen is worth $205,000, Mopar Maxi Wedges,60s Hemi cars and several others are listed in the Old Car Price Guide as "inestimable" They are "priceless". And average cost was $3,000 to $5,000 when new.
How about car music nostalgia? Most of those songs were during the 50s /60s to 71 era of muscle cars. Hot Rod Lincoln, Tell Laura I love Her, My little Deuce Coupe, My 409, GTO, Mustang Sally, Born to Be Wild, Shutdown etc.
Then some songs not even about cars , like Del Shannon's Runaway lend to a car song feel. I wonder how many drag cars were named "RUNAWAY"? Hell, I had a street rod I named that when I was 20 and that song was a hit. There is a Funny car currently named Runaway as a tribute to Del Shannon. It has been to RT 66 Drag Strip, where I work part time.
Del Shannon - Del Shannon. Runaway song sends me instantly back to 1961 and my 33 Dodge Street Rod
and hot 58 Chevy. And Thelma's Lounge in Spring Valley IL. where we all hung out. VERY HAPPY DAYS!!
That song above all, sends my mind back to that time. I think we all have a music trigger that sends us back to a favorite decade and time, place, girl/boyfriend , cars, movies, etc.
"Runaway" sung by Del Shannon is one of mine.
My street rod ride was a 33 Dodge pickup with a warmed up Olds Rocket V8 adapted to the truck trans. It had chromed exhaust stacks made from big diameter 51 Merc drive shafts. It was Chinese red and black with custom naugahyde rolled and tucked interior and cover for the box. I only had it for a summer and I sold it so I could buy parts to soup up my 58 Chevy I had recently acquired.
My 33 Dodge Street Rod was much like this. Even the colors. Only with Chrome exhaust stacks.
Sadly I have no pictures of my car.
Where are the contemporary nostalgia car songs? I believe the reason may be , the new Muscle is so out of reach for the average income people it not something to sing about.
In the 50s to 71 a person with a good job could afford a $3,000 to $5,000 dollar Muscle car.
My 63 427 was $3700 new. Our new 70 Cyclone 429 CJ was $3300. In 2005 my new GTO was $33,000. Ten times what our 1970 Cyclone cost new.
But---there is always a BUT! The technology is so improved for not only performance, but also comfort and reliability, if you can afford it.
I have 45 years of racing nostalgia. A career that started July 20th,1969 that touched 6 decades. Till August 25th. Cordova, IL., World Series 2012, match racing Arnie the Farmer Beswick that Saturday night with my Zephyr Zeke. That was my last ride. Zeke and I had done enough and we both needed some refreshing.
We had some good years and some not so good. But nostalgia is supposed to be happy thoughts. So I will just tell about the good.
During that time period, we won six championships, won about 200 events and garnered many awards and records. Also, a lot of media coverage and wonderful fans.
The cost of racing on all levels changed just like the cost of muscle cars. After racing my Big Animal 57 Mercury that I had perhaps 3 to 5 thousand dollars in, 69 to 75, as a local sportsman I decided to race Pro Stock. In September of 1975 I bought a running UDRA/Chicagoland Pro Stock Pinto. Price was $9500 with a nice open trailer. This was quite a jump from a mid-11 sec 3800# long wheelbase car to a 99" wheelbase 2400# Pinto with an 800 HP Roush engine and a four speed Lenco.