Old Car City – Auto Cemetery and Theme Park

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Old Car City in White, Georgia is an enormous auto junkyard shaded by trees, with thousands of classic cars and trucks being taken back by nature. Six miles of paths wind among the rows of cars, trucks and vans, which are covered in pine needles. Trees sprout up through engine bays and between bumpers and frames.

Old Car City has been on TV and in the news, and people come from around the world to walk the rows of abandoned Detroit iron, a sad relic of earlier days. The official website for Old Car City

Old Car City even has its own theme song, composed and played by Eddie Mack, a thoroughly pleasant man who loves talking to visitors, knows how to play the piano like nobody’s business, and enjoys playing for those who come to this amazing place:

 

There are six miles of paths where one walks in silence, feet cushoned by a thick bed of pine needles, creating a hushed ambiance, with the chirping of birds in the distance. This is a peaceful place, not unlike a cemetery, but unlike a cemetery, there is fascination with the huge number of cars that have been left here.

To see the complete album of pictures of this wonderous place, click on the rocketship below!

 

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One of my watercolor sketches. Sitting in the quiet stillness, birds chirping in the distance, studying the lines and form of the subject is extremely relaxing, which is why travel sketching is so worthwhile. You get to know your subject much more intimately than just snapping a picture.

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These are the ones that didn’t make it.

AL-Trip-Day-2_93Each car here has its own story, locked away, unable to be shared with people who visit them today.

One day in the past, each car and truck was driven to its new home from the dealer, it’s new owner brimming with pride, the neighbors coming over to admire it and congratulate the owner on their addition to their family.

The cars and trucks here took people to work, on vacations, to the hospital, to sporting events, over countless miles of American highways and interstates. Serious conversations took place inside them. Strong emotions were felt inside them; love, anger, passion, sadness, resignation…all the while they fulfilled their purpose for their owners. They sat faithfully in the driveways and parking lots, waiting to serve.

They were posessed by multiple owners, each transfer shedding a measure of lustre, each owner aging these devoted workhorses more, until the time came when they were no longer needed.

Cast aside, no longer wanted, here they sit, never to move again, their stories untold, their service to their owners forgotten.

 

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Many sketches, drawings, models and mock-ups were made to create what would become iconic, rolling art pieces that competed for the dollars of American consumers.

Everything from the letter style of the badging that would identify them, to the logo, to the placement of chrome trim was carefully considered. Many people were involved in what would become the end product, assembled by many people, transported across the country to towns big and small.

These cars would be the pride of their creators, celebrated in advertisements, commercials, and auto expositions, where people would flock to see these exciting new designs for the first time.

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To see the complete album of pictures of this wonderous place, click on the rocketship below!

 

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