Cars have become iconic in the US culture. We not only depend upon them for business and pleasure travel but consider them to be functional sculpture, an art form that reflects our changing tastes, politics and family values. We celebrate them in music, film and art. Cars are marketed to appeal to our dreams and imagination as well as to our identities. Although it’s hard to admit, it matters to many of us how we are seen by fellow road warriors as they pass us (or we pass them!) on the highway. Soccer mom in an SUV? Silver haired gentleman in a hot Corvette? Cool single guy in a Maserati? Raconteur in a well restored Cobra? Good Old Boy in a 1950’s restored Georgia police car? Ranger in a pickup with his Retriever companion perched next to him on the seat. We have an ongoing love affair with our cars, both past and present. The history of our personal purchases is a visual record of how we have lived our lives, the import events that have shaped them, the nostalgia of what we had or what we wanted to have.
This catalogue of art photos was taken at the 2010 Novato Nostalgia Days Car Show.