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Monday, May 14, 2012

A Man, a Car and a Dream


One of the local events my husband loves to attend is the old cars show. To make him happy I went along with him to the event and even brought my camera to show that I support things he enjoys. The truth is the only thing I know about cars is how to drive them and where to put the gas.


We arrived at the show and as soon as I saw the Louie Mattar automobile I fell in love on its details. I snapped as many pictures as I could and engaged in small conversations with the guys as if I know stuff about cars.






This is what I found out about the Louie Mattar cars. With a goal of absolute non-stop driving, he built his 1947 Cadillac into quite the road warrior, including a shower, a complex on-to-go tire-changing system and a combination toilet/washing machine. In 1952, he and two other men established a cross-country endurance record by driving the Cadillac from San Diego to New York and back without stopping. Their trip totaled 6,320 miles and required refueling from a moving gas truck three times!


 Up front, in addition to the many switches and dials surrounding the dashboard, are a nationwide mobile telephone, a tape recorder, a bar, a public address system (which has speakers in both the trailer and on the hood of the car), and a Turkish water pipe.

The equipment in the back seat includes an electric stove, a refrigerator, a washing machine, a chemical toilet, an ironing board, a medicine cabinet, and a kitchen sink. All of these appliances can be stored under the back seat cushions.


It took Louie Mattar 5 years and $75,000 to make his dream a reality. But this car was worth far more to Louie. He said "If I sold that car and had all the money in the bank, I wouldn’t meet the important people I do. That's worth all the money in the world".




Aligaga






9 comments:

  1. "It took Louie Mattar 5 years and $75,000 to make his dream a reality."

    But many people spent more money and longer time without achieving anything.

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  2. Cars are indeed a mans dream. I just wrote about the same topic, super cars and dreams.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  3. so impressive Chay, though you said you are least interested about cars, but your sincere effort to support Jeff's love for cars made you so much knowledgeable about the history of this car.

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