It's Thanksgiving here in the United States and tomorrow families from around the country will gather together to stuff their faces with turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and a host of other dishes. Thanksgiving, of course, is the celebration of the pilgrims dining together with American Indians back when Europeans were fairly new in this part of the world. In searching through my photo library, I found the three cars that best typified Thanksgiving were a 1924 Rolls Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Pall Mall, a 1957 Pontiac Star Chief, and, of course, a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette.
Why those three cars? Well, they seem to mirror the holiday. The Rolls is special because it represents an Anglo built in the US (Rolls Royce had a factory in Springfield, MA from 1921-1925), so there is the pilgrim part. The Pontiac pays homage to its namesake, Chief Pontiac of the Ottawa Tribe, and takes care of the Indian element. And the 'Vette is pure Americana (and, coincidentally made by General Motors, who also made the Pontiac, so you could say they were 'dining together' at the communal table, of sorts). That is at least how I will phrase it.
As for the Turkey, well, I guess I could ascribe a car to that too. For the honorable position of turkey, I think the best fit would be an 1958 Edsel Citation. Not a bad car, but such a big flop that it could be considered a bit of a turkey itself.
Anyhow, I hope all my American visitors have a happy Thanksgiving! And to my international visitors, happy Thursday!
Picture, clockwise from lower left, are of a 1958 Edsel Citation, a 1924 Rolls Royce 40/50 Pall Mall, a 1957 Pontiac Star Chief, and a 1957 Corvette.