- Written by webmin
With responses just about evenly split on whether or not Chrysler minivans should be permitted to take part in AACA events, especially the annual biggie that’s called Hershey, another shocking vehicle was on the show field this year. It was a 1973 Volkswagen Thing, in brilliant yellow. Owned by Ron Mann of Annville, Pennsylvania, this European oddball caused many passersby to scratch their heads in amazement; I guess they never expected to see a Thing on the same field as Cadillac V-16s, Pierce-Arrows and Lincoln V-12s. But the Hemmings crew not only appreciates these distinctive vehicles, but we are glad that Ron brought it out for everyone to enjoy. A well-restored Thing is a rare sight today, and that’s all the more reason why vehicles like the Thing, and minivans, should be welcomed at all car shows with open arms. We all know cars like this can never compete with the fine engineering, creative styling and incredible build quality of a real Classic, but that’s not their intention. Rather, it’s vehicles like Things and minivans, as well as GM H-body cars and older Japanese econoboxes, that will help sustain the old car hobby by attracting those younger enthusiasts who fondly recall these vehicles when they were new, while providing even younger enthusiasts, who can’t afford to buy traditional muscle cars or Fifties-era cars, an alternative car to take part in the old car experience.