I remember my dad's 1959 Chevy.

When I was a kid, my dad drove this huge battleship of a 1959 Chevrolet. It was two tone green, and it had enormous fins on the back end. I looked up a photo gallery of that era, and it was probably a 1959 Chevy Impala. All I can remember distinctly  were those enormous fins, and the mountain of tools and stuff that daddy carried around in the trunk. The fins don't look all that wide now, but I was small for my age, so those fins looked really big to me.

There was a big deep quarry a few miles from our house that daddy took us to. It was pretty much just a whole dug into the bedrock. It was probably used to build roads. In the 1950's and 1960's in the rural area where I lived, there were more gravel roads than paved roads. This quarry was a favourite swimming hole, and daddy would take us there as often as we could wheedle him into it.

He used to back the car up to the edge of the quarry, so that the fins stuck out over the water a bit. My two brothers and I used the trunk as a diving platform to jump right into the depths. There was no wading area, so if you couldn't swim, you didn't jump in.

The quarry had thick flat rock all around the  rim, so everyone just drove right up to it. I expect daddy must have blocked the wheels from rolling back, or used an emergency brake, if it had such a thing. Safety  was not a big issue in those days. Cars didn't even have seat belts back then.

We had that car pretty much all of the 1960's. I remember my dad and two brothers working on it all the time. We lived on a piece of property with 30 acres, so one of the fields to the side of our house became something of a car graveyard. They were used for parts. There was one time that we were coming home from somewhere with a couple of hamsters. I don't remember the details, but I do know they got loose in the car, and daddy took the entire back seat out to look for them. I don't remember having hamsters as pets, so they must have got away.

It's funny to look at cars of that era, and remember that we used to own one. They're considered real classics, now. They often show up in car shows.

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