It has been a tough year in the automotive world. Two of our country's three largest manufacturers have gone through bankruptcy, hundreds of thousands of people in automotive related industries have lost their jobs and, outside of the ill-advised "Cash for Clunkers" program, sales were down even from last year's depressed numbers.
Even hobbyists and enthusiasts have been hit. Vintage muscle car prices have taken a meteoric drop, professional racing has seen fewer teams and entrants and several events were postponed or cancelled.
Despite all of this, there are still many things to be thankful for. Nationally, Ford is showing great success with a world class product line and new GM products are showing some promise. Manufacturers have learned how to make performance cars that are also efficient. The Camaro and Challenger are back and we have the best Corvettes and Mustangs ever.
From an enthusiast's standpoint, we are blessed locally. From the great tradition of the Father's Day show at Stan Hywet and the world class Glenmoor Gathering concours to any number of cool cruise-ins just about any night of the week, we continue to have a great opportunity to share our passion. Our region pioneered post-war drag racing and sports car racing and we still have an abundance of local venues to experience these great sports.
As you can see, as car guys*, we still have a lot to be thankful for. Even small things, like my 2003 Suburban passing 100,000 miles with no major problems, make me grateful. Please let us know what you're thankful for.
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