AUGUST 12, 2013: STEP BACK IN TIME TO A ’78 BANFF AB SHOW-IT WASN’T ALL LIGHTWEIGHT DISCO ERA CULTURE

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Many people regard the mid-late 1970s as the Dark Ages for music.

 

Car guys thought the same thing because engines were choked off by legislation so a factory big block was cranking out some lukewarm horsepower numbers.

 

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The clearest statement was made by the ’78 Dodge Little Red Express because it was the quickest factory ride that year.

 

Despite the overwhelmingly de-tuned new cars in 1978, car guys ignored them and stuck to building what they knew best…hot rods.

 

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These guys never heard a disco song they liked back then, they stuck with Chuck Berry so the Bee Gees singing Stayin’ Alive every five minutes on the radio was irrelevant.

 

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Real car guys just plugged in cassette tapes with a mix of real music like Gene Vincent and Buddy Holly.

 

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This car show in Banff, Alberta, Canada is a time capsule because it shows you where the hobby was 35 years ago. There are a lot of 20s and 30s rides, some 40s , a little 50s iron, one 60s hippie van and no muscle cars.

 

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These rods rode a little higher without air, the roof wasn’t chopped and the wheels weren’t 2013 state of the art but the real message is that these car guys kept the faith during a very bland automotive era.

 

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First Gen Hemis and other options were under the hood because crate motors were not too common with the old rods back in 1978.

 

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The guys who built cars for this show are a lot older now and some have gone to that big car show in the sky but two things are certain-they’re still building classic rides and they never switched to disco.

 

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