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      06-07-2010 08:03 PM #1
      Prom was a very special thing growing up back in the '60s. If you didn't have a prom date you were nothing. If you didn't have a prom car you were a dork. I was that dork. I had one of the prettiest girls in the school, but had to share the ugliest car with my mother. It was a 1968 Delmont 88 in Canary Yellow with a White painted top. It came that way from GM. Some dummy executive ordered it that way and wanted to dump it as soon as he could as soon as he saw it. To top it off it had a baby puke-green interior. By far the world's worst date car, let alone a Prom car. My father drove Lincolns at that time. Not a cool Prom car either. That and the fact that I was never allowed to drive it, but that's another story.

      This story is about the Prom car that I ended up with. A neighbor of my parents was the manager of a Dodge dealership. He needed to have a fence installed around his new pool and I needed a Prom car. All I asked for was a nice car. I completed my task in about three days. He was very happy. The day of the prom I still didn't know what he was bringing home, but he said it was something cool.

      I got a call to come across the street to pick up the keys and saw a new Polara in his driveway. I wasn't happy, but I wasn't mad because it was miles better that the POS I had to drive. I walked into the driveway and said, "Nice car." He burst out laughing as he hit the garage remote in his pocket. My jaw dropped and I got a severe tingling in my nether parts.

      It was a brand-new 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 RT 6-pack in Plumb Crazy with a white interior, top and stripe.



      As he dangled the keys in front of me he said, "Two rules, no drag racing and no taking it out of state!" I was still speechless, so I just nodded my head as he gave me bad ideas.

      My date, who is now my wife of 38 years, was, and is, a huge Mopar fan. In fact, the first time I got to see her bedroom I was expecting to see posters of movie and rock stars. No, she had blown up photos of mid-'60s Mopar hotrods that she had taken at Autorama in the '60s. I was stunned. I think it it was that moment that I fell out of lust and into love. OK, the lust was still there. The woman still has 30wt running through her veins.

      OK, her reaction. Silence. That was unexpected. She was actually dumbstruck. I never honked the horn picking up a date, but this time I had to. I laid on it and I see the garage door open and her bruiser Puritan father exit with an evil look on his face. Honking for a date was considered very bad form. She however, opened the front door of the house and stood like a statue on the front porch, unable to move, or talk. As her father approached me I pointed to his daughter, and he stopped dead in his tracks. It was quite a sight to see.

      Her sisters came running up to the car as my girlfriend screamed out, "Don't touch it!!!!!", and we all started laughing at the absurdity of the situation. Pops mellowed, as he was a Chrysler engineer at the time. Once everyone started breathing again all was right with the world. I think she and her family were as surprised as I was.

      Now, this was early on Prom Saturday so I had all day to burn up some gas. I lived at the corner of 13 & Southfield, 2 miles from the famous Woodward Avenue. Remember, this was the heyday of the muscle car and I had an out of the box race car at my disposal. I picked up my tux and went cruising up and down woodward, stopping at Ted's, Maverick and the Totem Pole. The car drew a crowd everywhere I went. I was approached by a cop and asked for ID. Luckily the dealership manager gave me some documents that made him go away.

      I went home after burning up a whole tank of gas and was confronted with angry 'rents. Couldn't figure out why, didn't care, didn't stick around long enough to listen. Something about telling them what my plans were, who I was going to be with, where I was going to sleep. Walked away, took a shower, went down stairs, told them that they were not entitled to that information as I was already 18 and if they didn't like it, I would just keep driving. That shut them up because they knew I was right.

      I picked her up, sans honking this time. She was lovely. She had just had her hair done, Prom style, but insisted that I put the top down. We drove to the banquet facility and was waved into the absolute "A" parking spot. Sat in the car talking for about 15 minutes while our classmates walked in. By the time we got in we were surrounded with admirers. I thought it was pretty damn funny since I didn't own the car. Maybe that was my first taste of 15 minutes of fame, but I loved it.

      We ate an institutional, but filling meal and then the mirrored ball came on and the band started playing. I hate dancing but I fulfilled the obligatory dance requirement. We went back to the table and I excused myself to go to the bathroom. When I didn't come back in 20 minutes she went looking for me. She asked some people if they had seen me. The banquet hall had 10 men's room, it was so large. She enlisted some help to check them all. I was nowhere to be found. She saw one of my friends and asked if he had seen me. He told her, "He's out on Telegraph Rd. drag-racing for $20 bills". Telegraph was the second hottest road in the Detroit area for Westsiders.

      She walked out of the facility and found our "A" spot empty. As I returned after what I thought was maybe 10 minutes she was standing in the middle of the spot with her arms folded, Ice Queen style. She move out of my way and was about to chew me a new one when I said, "I won enough to cover the prom tickets so we have money to go to Cedar Point tomorrow!" That melted the chill. We went back to the dance and had a nice evening.

      The next day we loaded up the car, disconnected the odometer and drove from Michigan to Ohio. Had a great time, got the worst wind burn of my life but generated some great memories.

      Now that I had broken both of his rules I reconnected the speedo, washed all the freeway bugs off the grill and returned the car.

      Now, I'm not advocating that kind of stupid behavior. Had something happened he would have had huge problems with his insurance company. He would have had had huge problems with the sate as it had a dealer plate. Had something really bad happened they would have gone after the dealer, the deep pockets. However, my penis was doing most of my thinking at 18, and that was really stupid.

      Still have the girl. Wish I had the car.

      What's your Prom car story?
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      06-07-2010 08:08 PM #2
      Barry,

      You are a f*cking MAN!!!!


      I hate you....

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      06-07-2010 08:14 PM #3
      Jesus, not sure I can get anywhere close to Barrys story.

      Uncle promised me a cool car, but neither one ended up working at the time. Old cranky cars...so I took my then new 4.7L Grand Cherokee, and parked in a multi level carpark a block from the hotel it was held at.

      Ironically, we into the structure, and my girlfriend blurts out "What in the HELL in that?! It's gorgeous!"

      "That's a 1972 De Tomaso Pantera. I was going to take you to prom in one, but it didn't pan out."

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      06-07-2010 08:16 PM #4
      What a prom car.

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      06-07-2010 08:19 PM #5
      I didn't go, and I graduated from high school when I was 15 so it wouldn't have made a difference.
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      06-07-2010 08:20 PM #6
      Great story and awesome car

      Uhh...I wasn't around "back in the day," and I didn't even end up going to prom, I went to NYC with my date instead. So no stories here.

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      06-07-2010 08:22 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by BLKonBLKMKVGTI View Post
      Barry,

      You are a f*cking MAN!!!!


      I hate you....
      Quoted for ***kin' truth.

      I had no date and drove my dad's Audi A4 Avant (hey, it was the V6 with a manual, not a bad car at all).

      Actually, the only thing really worth noting is that after after-prom I decided to go for a drive in the mountains around 2 in the morning instead of heading home.
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      06-07-2010 08:22 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      I didn't go, and I graduated from high school when I was 15 so it wouldn't have made a difference.

      Hmm. I quit HS when I was 15 and got sent away to military school. Maybe that's why I had a 'tude.
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      06-07-2010 08:24 PM #9
      I went to my prom in a 1995 Mercedes 300D, it was sitting on 18's and looked cool as hell.

      But that pales in comparison to that Challenger! You are a lucky man, sir! A for you!
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      06-07-2010 08:24 PM #10
      I drove my 20th to prom and I thought that was cool. Thats pretty awesome for you but really really really stupid too lol. At least you got away with it

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      06-07-2010 08:26 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by lorge1989 View Post
      I drove my 20th to prom and I thought that was cool. Thats pretty awesome for you but really really really stupid too lol. At least you got away with it
      Hey, I confessed the level of stupidity, and yes, I'm very lucky.

      Curious, does Prom still hold a level of importance today? Didn't have children, intentionally, so I know nothing about young people today, except what I glean from my employees.

      It was a pretty big deal. What reminded mw was watching the Simpson's episode today about Bart and Lisa looking into their future to Prom night. Yes, I admit to being a Simpsons fan. Our doorbell rings the theme song.
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      06-07-2010 08:32 PM #12
      That was a great story Barry, thanks for sharing! I got nothing really close to that.

      I didn't go to my prom, so I have no story to share. But if I did, I likely would have showed up in a Corrado g60. And if I did show up in that car, I likely would have dropped off the date and gotten back in the car to drive around. That car was sublime compared with the truly awful peugeot wagon I typically drove at the time.

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      06-07-2010 08:32 PM #13
      I think I just read the best TCL story, ever.

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      06-07-2010 08:34 PM #14
      I went in my dad's new red Thunderbird (it was 2002, it was still kind of cool). Ended up swapping dates with someone by the end of the night. That's about all i remember.

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      06-07-2010 09:41 PM #15
      My "prom car" was a chartered bus. They trucked us from Lancaster, Ca to some place at the Queen Mary (it's been 21 years, can't and don't want to remember the actual place). All in all a crappy night.

      Grad night at Disneysland, now that's where the fun was.

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      06-07-2010 10:19 PM #16
      Didn't go and glad.

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      06-07-2010 10:24 PM #17
      I did not got to prom didnt feel the need to waste the money with a bunch of people I did not enjoy. However, if i would have went everyone wanted me to take my 1953 Willys Aerolark.


      To answer your question Barry, I dont think prom is viewed the same as it was back in the day.

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      06-07-2010 10:25 PM #18
      3-4 years ago- Took a hummer limo junior year, then party bus with stripper pole senior year. Pretty standard for high schoolers nowadays.

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      06-07-2010 10:25 PM #19
      no cool story like that, but i took my father's '98 dodge conversion van to my prom...and yes, it has a bed , 'mood lighting,' along w/ real woodgrain, and very soft suspension

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      06-07-2010 10:25 PM #20
      I'm guessing you left out the snorting cocaine off a stripper and winning some poker games while lifting weights out because that is the only way that story could have been any more manly.

      Mine was last weekend though!
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      06-07-2010 10:31 PM #21
      I didn't go to my prom, my girlfriend dumped me 2 weeks before her prom, and the girl I was seeing after her decided to ask someone else to go with her the day before her prom.

      Rock on, Barry.
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      06-07-2010 10:40 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by barry2952 View Post
      Hey, I confessed the level of stupidity, and yes, I'm very lucky.

      Curious, does Prom still hold a level of importance today? Didn't have children, intentionally, so I know nothing about young people today, except what I glean from my employees.

      It was a pretty big deal. What reminded mw was watching the Simpson's episode today about Bart and Lisa looking into their future to Prom night. Yes, I admit to being a Simpsons fan. Our doorbell rings the theme song.
      Hmm prom now a days... It depends what your perspective is. A lot of people, the majority lets say veiw it as just another popularity contest. But to the more mature high schoolers, LOL, its a classic thing you only get to do once and it is really important because of what it signifies. But to most its an excuse to party after and try to get some.

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      06-07-2010 10:42 PM #23
      Nice car and story!

      Prom doesn't hold as much significance today as it did in your story, especially the prom car part. Most people take limos to prom these days, although those who don't try to go in nice-ish cars. I remember one kid in my HS wanted to tint the lights in his car before prom () and the rich kids who drove civics/accords/camrys/corollas tried to borrow their parent's cars (BMW, Mercedes, etc.) but the vast majority went by limo.

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      06-07-2010 10:44 PM #24
      Great thread and story!

      Barry, don't you think sometimes about trying to find out if the car still exists and maybe buying it (in some years when the prices are not as inflated as today)?

      It's clearly special for you and your wife and would also be a great collectible (specially a 440, plumb crazy convertible).

      Maybe I'm the weird one but I'd do it (I never sold a car I've owned and don't intend to).

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      06-07-2010 10:52 PM #25
      My personal car was a 1969 280SEL, forest green with a tan interior. The mechanical fuel injection was running a really rich at the time and would foul plugs every 2k miles. I had absolutely no understanding of how to fix it, and I was afraid that my date wouldn't appreciate smelling like gasoline by the time we completed our 15 mile journey from dinner to downtown (Prom was being held at the Convention Center in San Diego, our school and restaurant were both in North County). So I borrowed Mom's lame Toyota Camry.

      The Benz was the most beautiful car I've ever owned....my first, car in fact. And my mechanical ineptitude at the time still angers me to this day. But I was just a kid so whatever.

      My friend, on the other hand, managed to borrow a brand new Montero SUV from his uncle. And ended up rear ending a parked car when picking up his girlfriend because he had forgotten to put it in park before getting the out of the damn thing. So it could have been worse.
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