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A very good day in Metuchen. America is alive and well.

By GoldyLocks

"Ready to go? Let's jump and and join the fun!"

With those words Ben Deutschman, aka BenCar, gently instructed me, wife Beverly, sister Rosalie, son Martin, and ever-present-friend Tommy, and the Reverend to find a seat in the 1960 Plymouth Satellite or the 1976 Trans Am 400 for a Memorial Day Parade in Metuchen, NJ.

I was given the seat of honor in the Trans Am; which I later learned was a big part hospitality and a little part devilish gearhead humor as Ben showed me what at 400HP TransAm can do with a little $4.00/gal premium.

It was American and Americana to the max. Small town American, flags, boy scout troops, old soldiers, high school bands, and lots and lots of little children waiving, holding on to their dogs, and trying to eat ice cream before it got to the point of needing "shout it out."

And, what they were shouting was "Hey Ben, you still young enough to drive?" "Haven't been picked up in that thing yet, heh?" There were also a lot of "great car, Ben" comments as we rode through town.

Only 40 minutes outside of New York City by train, I entered a world that I grew up in, small town America. And, upon reflection, I recognized once again that what made a place like New York City possible - with all its deal-makin', finance, and intense ways - are places like Metuchen, NJ and its people and community.

You can't legislate the kind of community that lives in Metuchen and a thousands of other places like that in America. This is the roots and what holds it all together, in my view.

After the parade, I got the first class tour of Ben's garage, his basement workshop, his car projects, Martin's (who is not old enough to drive, but I did think I saw him behind a wheel once or twice ;-) ) own car and train projects.

We sat out back in mother's house (mother has passed away but it is still her house) and had a BBQ..and how good can Key Lime pie be on a Memorial Day holiday! Great.

You can all read about Ben's cars in his Motortopia garage and see some of the pics from the day in his photo album of our day in Metuchen.

Ben was one of the early adopters and supporters of Motortopia and has encouraged me along the way to keep working on things, keep making it better, and keep improving "making it right."

And, those are thoughtful words from someone who takes car of his folks' 1960 Plymouth Slant Six like they were going to ride in it tomorrow; and who has that gleam in his eye as the Trans Am gives that growly rumble as he starts it up for the parade.

I think it is, in large part, what the whole spirit of Motortopia is all about...people who are passionate and focused about their cars, bikes, airplanes, and boats because; well, they know the value of things well done and of sharing those things with others...and not because of the trophies (while those are nice and Ben has a few thousand, I think) because it is the right thing to do.

And, that was a good memory on Memorial Day, as we honored those who did the right thing; many giving their lives for our Freedom because it was the "right thing to do."

Goodness, isn't it refreshing.

Thank you Ben and family for a great day!

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GoldenGirl’s Profile Photo
Jun 9, 2008 at 2:44 pm
We do sometimes forget that the majority of America lives in small cities and towns and still holds the same values. Unfortunately that never gets the attention of the press. Thanks so much for posting this blog!
bencar’s Profile Photo
Jun 5, 2008 at 9:51 pm
Hey Goldylocks, maybe you were thinking of the 1972 Plymouth Satellite Wagon you saw at Mom's house smile image . That still doesn't get you out of having to come back next year to reshoot the Parade Video lmao image.
camaro1093ac’s Profile Photo
May 30, 2008 at 4:54 pm
Awesome ,thanks for the post
GoldyLocks’s Profile Photo
May 29, 2008 at 5:03 pm
Ben, I thought I saw a Sattelite there somewhere. Maybe that was in the garage? Oh, well, yes, I MEANT know what I meant ;-)
bencar’s Profile Photo
May 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm
Um Goldylocks, that would be a Plymouth Savoy, and you're welcome for all the hospitality, however, you'll have to come back next year and reshoot that Parade Video smile image .
chevy66babe’s Profile Photo
May 29, 2008 at 4:11 pm
Nice story and what it's all about, cars and having fun. I usually drive Babe in our parish Homecoming parade, that's where my pic is from. That has a small town feel with people all lined up waving as we pass by.
jebfastlane’s Profile Photo
May 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm
Thanks for the story, nothing like a small town to live in!
jebfastlane’s Profile Photo
May 29, 2008 at 11:30 am
Thanks for the story, small town America is the place to be, you can always drive to the big city, then leave.
JerryandMary’s Profile Photo
May 29, 2008 at 11:14 am
Hmm Very nice album. LOL I do prefer info at the bottom of each photo, or at least some describing what and who people are etc. Just takes a minute longer. Looks like you are having great time. I appreciate the blog's about the trip. I love stories about home.

07MustangGT’s Profile Photo
May 29, 2008 at 10:49 am
Hey nice blog, I enjoyed reading this very much

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