At times it may seem like I’m a truck or SUV guy, as I’ve ranted a few times about the fact that I truly don’t believe that large vehicles are going to be leaving the North American market any time soon. We tend to have larger families here than they do in Europe and have greater distances to travel due to the rather expansive continent we live on and we need the room to carry more stuff. I have often asked the question: “how do Europeans get their kids to hockey without an SUV?” Seriously. You can’t put 2 kids worth of hockey equipment in a Fiat 500 now can you?
The answer? Station wagons. Shooting brakes. 5 doors. Estate cars. Whatever you choose to call it.
In truth, I suppose I’m a wagon sort of guy. In my teenage years, my Step Father drove a 1978 Dodge Monaco wagon. You know the one, it had rearward facing seats just like the infamous Vista Cruiser. This monster had a 400 cubic inch V-8 that would spin the back tires until, well – at least 5 feet! In more practical terms though, it could transport 7 passengers in relative comfort, while still having more storage space than most modern SUV’s. It could tow pretty much anything you could dream up and carry the ubiquitous 4×8 sheet of plywood. It was ugly as sin, but with all the seats folded it became a funhouse on wheels. Hmmm – better keep this PG.