Thursday, October 09, 2008

Fired Up & Ready To Go



Photo & Text Copyright 2008 Seattle Daily Photo. All rights reserved, including reproduction or republishing.

Well, here's something one doesn't see everyday: a whole garage door devoted to a candidate's support. It was the curvy lines of the classic car that first caught my eye from a distance, seen on a residential side street in the Crown Hill area. As I got closer I saw the hand lettered door, then noticed the car's license plate reads "NO HUAC," referring to the infamous House Unamerican Activities Committee of 1938-1975. I guess we could assume some things about this resident's political views. ;^) Look at the car door handles. Which direction do you think that back door swings open?

Update: thanks very much to Wayne in Vancouver, BC for identifying this as an early 50s Studebaker and that those back doors that open backwards were called "suicide doors." I looked through a few classic car photos after getting Wayne's information, and indeed he is right and I believe this car is a 1951 Studebaker Champion. Although the photo didn't capture it, the car has a distinctive bullet nose.

11 comments:

Jim said...

So many messages in one picture. I like them all, but the car is awesome.

Sally said...

I LOVE this! No Huac - what a great number plate! I like that the woner is maintaining the rage. There's some autumn colour happening in there too.

Wayne said...

Looks like a Studebaker from the early 50s. The back doors were called suicide doors. I think because if they were opened when the car was moving the air would catch the door and pull the passenger out of the car.

Very observant of you Kim.

Meg in Nelson said...

Suicide doors!!! I hadn't realized HUAC went on until '75. I was in the US, so it must have disappeared very unceremoniously.

USelaine said...

I met a teacher whose father was on the Hollywood blacklist. As things get tough, the soldiers of the plutocrats will plant fear and suspicion yet again.

Gerard said...

That's right my little Uselaine. And we're gonna kill your little dog too!

In the meantime, double all medication. STAT!

Squirrel said...

go O!

Gerard said...

"go O!"

?

No O

Jilly said...

beautiful old car even if it does open in the strange way and adore the garage doors. Seems to me there is so much inventiveness in this election - thank goodness. Perhaps it finally means people will really think about who they vote for.

Maya said...

What a great shot! This person must be very interesting indeed!

Louis la Vache said...

Yup! It's a '51 Studebaker Champion. The 'bullet nose' on the '51s was toned down a bit from the '50 models - but Studebaker sold over 300,000 of the '50 models - a production high they had never seen before and never saw again. The Champion was the base model, powered by a 6 cylinder engine. The more upscale Commander model had a new-in-'51 V8, the design of which became the model for the light block V8s Chevrolet introduced in '55. Ford later introduced their own light block V8 with their 260-289-302-351 series of engines, but it was Studebaker that showed them the way...