Photos By Hans Marquez
At the Arizona Concours d’Elegance I was taken back and inspired by the rare and unique automobiles that were on display. The ambiance of these immaculate cars sprawled across the Arizona Biltmore lawn with music from Frank Sinatra playing in the background almost made me feel a bit sad. My generation, the millennials, don’t want to stop and smell the roses, let alone take time to notice details. We want to push forward and focus on the bottom line. This mentality has been reflected in the modern automobile as well as harsh restrictions and regulations.
I long for the elegance of a time when there were big swooping fenders, long hoods, chrome for days, headlights the size of my head, wheels with a million spokes, and ornate hood ornaments. Was I born in the wrong decade? Possibly. But I am thankful the generations before me have preserved such beautiful cars to be inspired by and learnt from.
What gets me the most are the hood ornaments. Because of regulations and cost, hood ornaments are nearly extinct in today’s automobiles, and while I don’t exactly think they need to make a comeback, I do think we need to stop and appreciate the details that goes into each one.
On this journey of examining hood ornaments I realized that most have a theme of motion, or even flight.