Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Fun

howdy from Duffy Brown

Time to shop…at least window shop. It's summer and the living is easy with the wind in your hair, sun on your shoulders and radio blaring.

We all have our private open-air memories of THE convertible either the fun we had in one or the convertible we always dreamed of. Convertibles-r-us they are totally American — the unexcelled visibility, the sense of motion, and a warm sun after a long, cold winter are good for the soul.

So the question today is… Pick One! The one that you always wanted, the one that has the best memories, the one you can see yourself in right now this summer.

What about a trip to Italy? What about an Alfa Spider that
simply oozes Italian style…and if you’re lucky a hunky Italian driver. It doesn’t have the haughty social snub of a Ferrari but the fun of relaxing friends inviting you in for a romp in the country.

What about a blast from the past with Buick's post-World War II land yacht. The Roadmaster set the tone for an entire era in 1949 with its VentiPorts on the fenders and "observation car" curved windshield. Here’s a car as large and luxurious as a victorious America itself. Power windows and seats were standard.

My personal fav…’57 Chevy! Walker Boone has his ’57 red Chevy convertible in my Consignment shop mysteries. Wait till you see the cover for Demise in Denim. It has this car and Bruce Willis sitting shotgun. Love the tailfins that were the ID badge for the late ‘50s.

Camaro and Mustang owners fight like cats and dogs over who has the better car. I had a ’68 yellow Camaro with a black vinyl top. Holy cow! What a car!!! Not that was a fun drive proven by the fact that I got more than my share of speeding tickets.

The current Camaro has no direct link to my Camero but this new baby looks so darn hot!




Are you a "Route 66" fan? What about this fantastic vintage ‘Vet! where American wanderlust was V8-powered.

Are you Jaguar F-TYPE? What a fun ride!






If you’re into the backwoods,
you can’t beat a Jeep. Stripped to its skivvies, a topless, doorless, windshield-folded-down Wrangler is an amusement park ride, but even more fun.

Poster child of the modern affordable sports car is the ever-fun and darling Mazda Miata A small car, the Miata offers a cozy drive with just enough luggage space for weekending and it always gets the you go girl looks.

And then there’s the Volkswagen bus with Safari windows. This is about as cool as cool gets, and you have to admit a windshield that opens like a concession stand is really sweet
.

Or maybe you always wanted a VW Beetle! Who doesn’t look great in this little number!

Okay, it’s summer and you sooooo need a convertible. Pick one and I’ll give away two of my “old” romances that I wrote before I switched to writing cozy mysteries. They’re a little steamy…to go along with these hot rides. 

Have a fun summer! 
Hugs, Duffy Brown…who thinks she really needs a new white Mustang Convertible and the Beach Boys on the radio

50 comments:

Mark Baker said...

The AC went out in my car this summer, so a convertible sounds great to me.

lavendersbluegreen said...

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I have ALWAYS wanted that car. Yes, I do expect it to fly me off to adventures, with music, and Dick Van Dyke dancing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTTzcXSLjhI

Marcy x said...

Red 65 or 68 mustang with white interior Baby! I love the bigger steering wheels too.

mary kennedy said...

These are fabulous cars!!! My Brit husband had a convertible when I met him (and since he was new to the States, he still tended to drive on the left side of the road). I told him I married him for his accent and his convertible (he's since lost both the accent and the convertible but he's still very cool) . Great blog!!

katherine is love said...

I want that VW Bus! Think of the stares I would get pulling up to the beach driving that baby. Too cool!

Anonymous said...

A 66 Mustang Convertible please, any color is fine
rjprazak6@gmail.com
Becky Prazak

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

My son still has my late husband's 68 camaro but it's not a convertible. It just needs to be painted and the restoration will be done. My best friend had a convertible but I don't remember the kind. Chevy, I think and a cream color. Lots of fun in it.

Maggie Sefton said...

Great post, Duffy. I love, love Classic Cars. As a kid, I fell in love with a Jaguar XKE. Still have a weakness for Jags. BTW, I'll take my old '93 Ford Explorer over that Jeep any day. We go off road out here in the West. You need strong and tough to climb our Rocky Mountains. :)

Melanie Backus said...

I am going with the '57 Chevy. Sharp, Classy......a great car!

vl said...

The '57 Chevy for me - I've always wanted one!

Sheila

Duffy Brown said...

Oh Mark, mine went out too and it’s really expensive to fix it. UGH!

Duffy Brown said...

Another Mustang lover. Yes!! That’s one honey of a car.

Duffy Brown said...

Love the Brit accent. I could listen to it all day. Sounds like you married one neat guy.

Duffy Brown said...

Another Mustang lover. Terrific. The ’66 is amazing!!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Maggie. We did Canyonlands in April…talk about off-road. We stayed in Moab. Yes! You so need a 4WD out there. BTW…you live in God’s country. Incredible beauty beyond words.

Duffy Brown said...

Walker Boone has one in my books and I love it!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Sheila. I’d love one too. What a great car.

Chris nicholson said...

While my heart races for a '68 Mustang, I really love the F type Jag as well.

Donna said...

A '57 Chevy - a very, very good year ;) and my parents drove Chevys ... good memories!

Eileen A-W said...

I love the car pics!!! I'll take any convertible but I have been lusting after a miata. I remember when I tried to buy a MGB but couldn't reach the pedals. I guess the English don't believe in short drivers.

Rita L Smith said...

I always wanted a blue Cadillac Deville Convertible

Diane Vallere said...

I think I made it to college before riding in a convertible. My boyfriend at the time borrowed one--a 1970s Cadillac Coupe de Ville, I think--and we went for a spin around campus. I felt like a queen!

Amy said...

The VW Beetle since it brings back memories from college as that was what my husband had back then.

Duffy Brown said...

The Beetle convertible is so cute. What great memories!

Duffy Brown said...

That is one sweet ride!! I dated a guy who had a Vet stingray and I know I did it just for the car. ;-)

Duffy Brown said...

Now that is a terrific ride. When you get it come pick me up for a road trip!

Duffy Brown said...

I agree, Donna. We had a Chevys at our house too

Duffy Brown said...

Nothing sweeter than a Jag. Love the old ones with the looooong hood.

Lover of Books said...

I would like a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner cause it was an option to get it as a convertible. Not sure of the color. Maybe dark blue. I just want the meep meep horn.
Krista

vl said...

Indeed it is, Duffy, I fell in love with them the first time I saw one.

Rachelle21 said...

Last summer, a friend had come to visit Neil in the hospital on the day they were moving him a a regular room. He had his red convertible with him and gave me a ride in it to a near by racino. His wife was with him. It was the first convertible, I had ever been in.

Annette N said...

Either a '59 T Bird with a top that lifted off - or one of those '57 Chevy Convertibles. I think in that era American cars were so lovely - and each one was individually special.

Barbara T. said...

MG, corvette, Miata, thiunderbird, Austin Healy, Jaguar, any convertible. That is one reason I am having cancer removed from my face. Before I knew about sunscreen.

Jeannie D. said...

My all time favorite, '57 Chevy. I grew up across the river in Northern Kentucky. My Daddy had a pink and white '57. Seeing them always brings back such special memories.

Duffy Brown said...

Well I grew up right across the river from you in Cincy…and still there. Sure wish you dad had held onto that car. What a beauty!!

Duffy Brown said...

You have an amazing collection of cars. So sorry about the cancer. Hope you are doing okay, Barbara.

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, yes, a T Bird!!!!! Now that was a car. When I was growing up the guy down the street had one and I was in love…with him and the car!

Duffy Brown said...

When you get over your knee surgery you need to get you and Neil a convertible!!! And then come visit me!

Duffy Brown said...

Yes! A meep meep horn for sure. What a great idea.

LD Masterson said...

I'll always have a special place in my heart for the little Rambler American convertible I shared with my brother when we were teens, but my favorite these days is the Saab 93 ragtop sitting in my garage.

Anonymous said...

Loved Route 66. A vintage Vette would do me. If you'd had an old Morgan with luscious curves over the wheels, I pick that. Now that's Romance! Airieanne. :)

Grandma Cootie said...

Can't see myself in the VW bus lol! But my husband finally got THE 'Vette so we are one happy (old) couple!

ceblain said...

When I met my husband in 1959, his car was an aqua blue and white '57 Chevy. We dated until 1963 and were married in November. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in November of 2013 so a 57 Chevy sure brings back memories and I honestly remember everything about those dating years. :)

Duffy Brown said...

What a wonderful life! You are so blessed. Major congrats on the anniversary. Yippeee!

Duffy Brown said...

A Vette!!! Wonderful!! How sweet it is.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Airieanne. Yes!! the old Morgan is a terrific car. Love the vintage flare. Bad gas milage but some sweet rides.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi LD! The Rambler!! I can picture it. I learned to drive a stick on a Henry-J! What amazing memories.

Laurie Fancy said...

Greetings from North of the 49th Parallel!
The first family car that I remember was Daddy's Plymouth Valiant. It had to be a 1960 and it was fire engine-red. I remember that I had the back seat all to myself.... until my baby sister, Julie came along. Then her carry-cot took up more than half of it! Not fair !!

Fast forward 25 years........My husband said he'd buy me a car if I got my driver's license. I was going on 30.....My first car was a 1980 Dodge Omni (aka THE DOG) Bought it off family for $200 and later sold it for $300. It was a cute little hatchback for running around town...... Gasoline was no more than 50 cents/litre. Now it's TRIPLE that! Ah those were the days!

P.S. -- My next read will be PEARLS & POISON!! Can't wait!!!!! :-)

Duffy Brown said...

Hi Laurie. What great car stories. I remember the Valiant and the Omni. Great rides but horrid gas milage. Thanks so much for picking up P&P. Enjoy!

Duffy Brown said...

The winners of my romance books are: Laurie Fancy and Annette N. Send me your mailing address and I’ll send along the book.
See you all next week. We’ll talk about favorite Junk Food. Fruit and Veggies can take a body just so far then we gotta go for the good stuff!