Daily Features

WE NEED TO BRING BACK THE SUNDAY DRIVE

By on March 18, 2017
IMGP9373-001

IMGP9373-001

 

 I grew up during a time when we had events that were a regular part of our family routine.

 

One was Sunday dinners and the other was Sunday drives in the family car.

 

The Sunday drive usually took place in the afternoon after a late Sunday breakfast at home that now flies under the brunch banner in a restaurant with our new era of less home-cooked meals.   

 

IMGP7595

 

I lived on an acreage just outside of a community that had a little over 20,000 people during my childhood. We were already about a couple of miles out of town so it was not a big reach for my parents to load up the car with kids and hit the road for a Sunday drive.

 

IMGP8693

 

The pace was leisurely and the route was usually a variety of quiet country roads that led us deeper into the world of our rural neighbors. The Sunday drives were a big part of our routine as a family, despite the fact my dad drove every day as part of his job.

 

AD-contactIMGP8080

 

However, he loved time behind the wheel and Sunday excursions with his family were not work for him. His job as a member of Alberta’s Highway Patrol unit was only one facet of his life and his Sunday drives were simply recreation for him.

 

IMGP0313

 

The idea of a road adventure of any kind always had a built-in appeal for me when I was a kid. Therefore Sunday drives were a great idea as one of our regular family events. My dad always picked interesting routes and we saw plenty of what is rightfully known as the Parkland in my area.

 

IMGP6220

 

I think of the Chuck Berry song ‘No Particular Place to Go’ whenever I think of those Sunday drives from my childhood. We would never have heard the song on my father’s radio on Sunday drives because he had his radio set on easy-listening stations, but I was well aware of the song from Top 40 stations during my kid years.

 

IMGP6224

 

The Chuck Berry song had the right philosophy because the Sunday drive was never about the destination as much as it was about the journey in the car as a family. It was a simple concept that gave us an opportunity to enjoy our family time on the road together and see the world outside of our car windows.

 

IMGP5983

 

Conversation was king and my parents were always able to answer a never-ending series of questions from curious kids about that world we were seeing at about 50 miles an hour. There was no Google search on a cell phone for answers in the Fifties and Sixties-only parents when it came to answers on a Sunday road trip.

 

IMGP1364

 

These days Sunday drives are not common for families. People find most of their contact with the bigger world on an electronic screen and few people embrace the simple joy of a road trip on a back road in the country with a carful of family.

 

IMGP0087

 

A Sunday drive is another tradition that has been lost to time over the years. I believe it is an uncomplicated gem of an idea that should still have a place in our overly complicated new world of electronic detachment.

 

I recommend a regular Sunday drive tradition for any family in 2017. Leave every communication device at home, shut off the onboard entertainment system, and listen to the car radio with the dial set on a local station.

 

IMGP6221

 

Just remember what we learned a long time ago: conversation is encouraged in a car.   

 

Jim Sutherland

 

CLICK HERE to Like us on Facebook

 

CLICK HERE to Follow us on Twitter

 

CLICK HERE to Follow us on Pinterest

 

                **Please re-post this if you like it.

 

FACE

print

32373 Total Views 1 Views Today

About admin

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Facebook

Featured Ads

Rear View Mirror

july12-smallimgp3993-002

JULY 7, 2012: DO YOURSELF A HUGE FAVOR AND TAKE IN A SMALL TOWN CAR SHOW THIS SUMMER

  One of our favorite tasks at MSCC is any weekend where a car show in a small town is on our car events calendar.   There is something...

July 7, 2012 View more...
july12-healthimgp3691-001

JULY 7, 2012: WHY I FIT IN AT A CAR SHOW BETTER THAN A HEALTH FOOD STORE

  I was in a health food store in search of barley flour as opposed to regular wheat flour.   The main reason for my visit was that conventional...

July 7, 2012 View more...
july12-gpsmy star fallen 70s ford-002

JULY 5, 2012: LONG BEFORE GOOGLE MAP SEARCH AND GPS, THERE WERE OLD CAR LANDMARKS

  One of the longest running jokes in sit-coms is a guy who refuses to ask for directions when he gets lost on the road.   The basic claim...

July 5, 2012 View more...
june12-boogie5

JUNE 25, 2012: WE LOOK AT A LEADING CANDIDATE FOR THE NEXT BIG THING IN COLLECTOR VEHICLES

  The past few years have produced some new darlings of the collector car world when a new path is blazed through unknown collector vehicle territory.   The list...

June 25, 2012 View more...

Most Viewed

My Star Showcase

products-IMGP5647

MSCC Products and Services Showcase

These are all great businesses and they support MyStarCollector Car through their advertising  so we can continue to bring you our  insight into the old car hobby 365 days...

July 13, 2016 View more...
AD-contactIMGP8080

ADVERTISE ON MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR

Do you have an automotive-related business? If so, you should seriously consider marketing through MyStarCollectorCar.   We can get you 25,000 views a day on Canada’s leading online car...

March 31, 2016 View more...
IMGP4077

MAY 2017 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS: MyStarCollectorCar Listings

  Help us out and give us your information about your show so it’s accurate. The sooner we have it, the more exposure you get. These pages get massive...

October 12, 2015 View more...

More At My Star

WE ARE THE CLASSICS (ALBERTA)—THE NEXT GENERATION OF CAR GUYS REALLY DIG THE 70S IRON

    Kyle Hanger is the founder of a group called ‘We Are The Classics (Alberta)’.   No, it’s not a retro rock act—they are on the cutting edge of the hobby.   They are the next generation of car guys.     MSCC contacted Kyle to learn what makes up ‘We Are The Classics See More

EIGHT OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MODELS

  We all went through that model phase in life.   Not the annual Sports Illustrated model phase –that would come later in life.   This is all about an era when a new AMT model was like Christmas in July so here’s a list of my all-time favorite pieces of molded plastic and glue. See More

TEARING UP THE HIGHWAY LIKE A BIG OLD DINOSAUR TO THE DRUMHELLER CAR SHOW

  Drumheller, Alberta Canada is located in the middle of a world famous dinosaur fossil area known locally as the Badlands.   This region has produced more dinosaurs than an entire season of the Flintstones and may well be one of the coolest regions in North America.   The drive to Drumheller takes you through See More

HORRIBLE DECISIONS: WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPENED TO GOOD CAR STYLES

  The bygone era of automobiles was famous for its competitive world of style changes.   Every autumn the arrival of the new models was greeted with as much enthusiasm as Christmas morning for a kid because car guys were anxious to see the new changes.   Magazines like Popular Science teased them with sneak See More

Editor’s Picks

IMGP6639-001

BIRTH OF A PREDATOR: THE 1968 CORVETTE

  The Mako Shark is one of the ocean’s fastest killers because of its sleek body design that cuts through water like a razor-sharp knife.   The Mako Shark...

May 19, 2017 View more...
milner-001

FIVE QUESTIONS WITH AMERICAN GRAFFITI’S PAUL LE MAT—LIFE AS A CAR GUY SCREEN LEGEND

  American Graffiti debuted in August, 1973 and no one could have predicted that a simple look back at 1962 would turn into a piece of cultural history.  ...

May 11, 2017 View more...
vol

I’M YOUNG, DUMB, AND I AM GONNA KILL MY CAR: A PERSONAL MEMOIR

  I was a generous combination of hormones and bad decisions when I was 17 going on 18.   I was also the proud owner of a 1962 Volvo...

April 27, 2017 View more...
IMGP7641

HOW TO GET YOUR CLASSIC READY FOR AN AUCTION

  January is definitely a high profile month for car auctions.   TV paved the way years ago when Barrett-Jackson started broadcasting prime time shows from Scottsdale, Arizona.  ...

January 16, 2017 View more...

Car Shows and Events

2017-Raffle-Car-Artists-Rendering-1024x425
ST. ALBERT CRUISERS–GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

  The St. Albert Cruisers host one of the largest annual car shows in Canada every August.   They call it Rock n’ August for a reason because this...

April 30, 2017
72c101dfayad-001
10TH ANNUAL CALGARY PREMIER COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION AT THE GREY EAGLE CASINO

EG Auctions Is Proud To Present: Our 10th Annual Calgary Premier Collector Car Auction at the Grey Eagle Casino! June 16th – 18th, 2017 INDOORS!!!! CONVENTION CENTER – 2...

April 21, 2017
IGP2993-NOVA SC
CONTACT MSCC ABOUT YOUR 2017 CAR SHOWS, CLUB MEETINGS AND CLUB RELATED EVENTS

  CONTACT MSCC ABOUT YOUR 2017 CAR SHOWS, CLUB MEETINGS AND CLUB RELATED EVENTS   Have you already scheduled your car show for 2017?   “Send MSCC the information...

October 26, 2015
IMGP4077
MAY 2017 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS: MyStarCollectorCar Listings

  Help us out and give us your information about your show so it’s accurate. The sooner we have it, the more exposure you get. These pages get massive...

October 12, 2015

Ads

Ads responsive