When Cars Could Fly by flyrod

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1958 Pontiac


car, automobile, antique, fifties, classic, pontiac, two tone, sunset, yellow, silver

The name’s Flyrod. American car culture is my thing. If it rolls, roars, or rumbles I’m into it. Statistics and facts aren’t my gig. My mission is to track down and capture the infamous rides that make up pop culture, and to tell their stories.

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  • flyrod
    flyrod4 months ago


    There once was a time when cars could fly
    A time when style really caught your eye

    It was the nineteen fifties when Ike was in charge
    When a post-war America yearned to live large

    These are the models we all now revere
    The ones that got longer and bigger each year

    The race was on to conquer space
    And automobiles were setting the pace

    Sleek jet airplanes adorned every hood
    They layed on the chrome wherever they could

    Rocket engine taillights flashed so bright
    Step on the gas and let her take flight

    Big bumper guards that looked like bullets
    And that big V-8 engine sure could pull it

    Giant fins adorned the rear fender
    Like rocket ships in all their splendor

    Big whitewall tires to smooth out the ride
    A two-tone paint job shown off with pride

    Style was the thing that made people boast
    Impressing the neighbors mattered the most

    You might have to build a bigger garage
    Keeping-up the image that was just a mirage

    Drive one of these and they’ll think you are rich
    It was all part of the dealers sales pitch

    The happiness factor was kind of short range
    Because every year the styles would change

    It seams crazy now, but I wouldn’t lie
    Those were the day when cars could fly

    ©2013 Storied Rides

  • AuntDot
    AuntDot4 months ago

    Love it! Those truly were the days……

  • Thanks Dot. Let’s go for a spin.

    – flyrod

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryan4 months ago

    Yep, those were the days! Another gem!

  • Thanks Monnie. Let’s go for a spin.

    – flyrod

  • John Schneider
    John Schneider4 months ago

    What a great looking looking Bonneville, you do it proud. Pontiac what should, could, will never be the muscle/sport division of GM.

  • Well said John. Thanks

    – flyrod

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangert4 months ago

    Superb image, what an awesome car. Love the verse as well.

  • Donna19
    Donna194 months ago

    So very cool I just love this angle.

  • Thanks Donna, always appreciated.

    – flyrod

  • Donna19
    Donna194 months ago

    Oh wow you’re a writer! That website is really amazing. Really enjoyed the poem too

  • Thanks Donna

    – flyrod

  • barkeypf
    barkeypf4 months ago

    I have a soft spot for 58 Bonnies. This one looks like it has all the goodies. $ stars, chrome jet accent, foe roof vent and chrome around and in the lights. She looks so good in that monochrome gold background. The poem rings true to the era. Excellent work Jim.

  • I hear you Paul. I’ve only seen a couple of these in the passed two years so I guess they are rare. I made it a two tone to make it look more stock. This one was nicely restored but they took of lettering and some small chrome details to make it look cleaner, and it has a modern paint color. Big mistake! You can’t improve on the original design of cars like this. It just kills their appeal as far as I’m concerned. Thanks for weighing in.

    – flyrod

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworth4 months ago

    Seriously cool

  • Thanks Larry, always appreciated.

    – flyrod

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDavies4 months ago

    Great title and presentation! Beautiful car, sky, clouds!

  • Thanks Angie, always appreciated.

    – flyrod

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