Day 5 of the Tour was a déjà vu disappointment. Rolling down Highway 157 in Alabama, we stopped at Ray White's Antique Cars. We've made the 157 run many times, stopping often to gawk and dream when we arrived at Ray's. Heroes of the past dotted his lot: Hudsons, Thunderbirds, Imperials. They were arrayed in the splendor of patina that only decades of sunbathing can bring. Sure, it was an automotive potpourri, but the scent was pure Americana!
This time Ray's lot left a lot to be desired. I think I know how the oldtimers felt when they saw the bison dying out. The row of vintage Detroit metal on the south side ... gone! The old trucks hiding out in the bushes ... gone! The twins sitting by the old tree stump ... gone! There were a few survivors, but I suppose age and the State are both leaning on Ray to move 'em or lose 'em!
Here are some of the rides we saw in 2010 . . .
That was then, when cars were packed like cattle. This is now, when the entire herd seems to be going, going, gone.
All that is rather depressing, so let me show you some highlights from Day 5 of the Hot Rod Power Tour at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. There were trucks old and new . . .
There was a 1955 Gasser too . . .
There were full-sized rides ...
And tail fins you just couldn't hide . . .
There was the crazy and the lazy . . .
And a tasmanian devil and two old hoots on the loose.
And what are we to make of this but that all of us are going, going, and will one day be gone. This life is not eternal. We all get that! But God promises one that is. So listen carefully to the words of the Bible:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:13-14 ESV
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 ESV
Trust in the One who guarantees a life that will not tarnish like patina and cannot fall under the crusher's blow.
For God so loved the worldthat he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 ESV