Wheels with Age

Admiring antiques

Ever since the invention of the internal combustion engine, mankind has been fascinated with motor vehicles. The assembly line provided people with cars and light trucks they could afford, and the highways and byways became part of the lifestyle of the time. As the years passed, every designer with an idea tried to find a manufacturer to produce their dream. Some of them were flops, but others are still cherished and on the road today.

Classic cars and antique trucks are always a treat to see when they motor past modern drivers, and they are often seen going to meetings of antique vehicle enthusiasts. Those who have them want a chance to show off, and those who want them are eager to get a close up look. Keeping them running and road-worthy is expensive, but owners believe it is worth the cost and effort. They think of themselves as an important part of the history of the motor vehicle.

Having a motor vehicle declared an antique is fairly simple, and most of the measure is due to age. Once it is more than a quarter century old, a motor vehicle is considered antique. Government officials seldom ask about interior parts, so keeping it on the road with newer motors or safety features is often acceptable. Those who are purists would rather search for older parts, or they have them custom made for their vehicle.

Driving around in an antique automobile does have its share of hazards, and many of them are slower than modern vehicles. Drivers must also be willing to forego safety items such as seat belts, air bags and advanced braking systems. On the whole, it seems the vehicle owners are willing to trade safety and comfort for a chance to take their favorite antique and head out for a drive.