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"Long may you run, long may you run
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining in the sun
Long may you run"

- Neil Young

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Americans love their cars. Cars are to be cherished, even when they are old and rusty. Often we saw old car wrecks at rest (at rust) in sheds or out in the open. There's a certain pride in those rusty colours. Driving around the states in our trusted (Japanese, or is it Korean?) rental car, we often stopped along the way to take a picture of two of those wonderful old oldtimers.

Living in a crowded part of Europe with congested roads and air pollution all around, I absolutely do not like driving a car. I find it sad and unfortunate that I need it to get to work and back.

America is different and probably for the first time in my life, I actually really enjoyed driving. There are plenty of wide open roads with wide big lanes to drive in and hardly any traffic jams (compared to where I live).

Another really cool thing is that people actually follow the traffic rules! And last but not least, gasoline is just incredibly cheap over there, compared to Europe.

So...long may you run? Well, I don't know. It's great to see these old cars, but I do hope the days of these old fossil fuel emission machines are numbered. Let's just hope the cleaner alternative will still be affordable for ordinary folks.

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THIS PICTURE was shot somewhere on the road in the east of Tennessee, on our way from Nashville to Smoky Mountains.

The car in the picture is a Ford Galaxie, dating from the early seventies. Pretty similar to the car in the movie "Roma", hence my bl/w picture posted in the workshop.

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song title reference: Neil Young

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