|Sharing My Key West Legacy||
Do you remember when you were a kid, and could easily be embarrassed by the type of car your parents drove?
Daddy specialized in that. And the crazier the better. This is an electric car, the first one any of us in this little town had seen, and it went (or at least it felt like) 3 miles an hour and not only did Daddy insist on driving us around in it, he also had his FACE on it.....kept saying he was "ahead of his time", we thought that was SO funny...I mean really, what did he know?
This is a view from the other side...see how amazing the artwork is? There was an airbrush artist named Bill Miller, and he was also the artist that did the picture on Daddy's famous black and white poster. And I was lucky enough to be gifted with lots and LOTS of Tiger shirts..
Pardon the quality of the above photo, but there were also Lincolns, lots of Lincolns. I loved the Lincoln's because the rule was that i got the Lincolns on Saturday night, even if we just got the new Lincoln that day..I'm beginning to think that maybe I was spoiled? But on the other hand just how much can you get away with when your fathers face is on the car you are driving? So here is Daddy posing with 2 of our dogs, Cutty Sark, J and B, and Bruce the Goose. His favorite passenger to ride around in the lincolns though was Ruff, our goat.
Daddy loved nothing more than to pull up to some poor unsuspecting people in the Lincoln, and they would all Smile and say "Look - it's Capt. Tony", and then Daddy would roll down the passenger side window and Ruff would stick his head out and go MMMEEEEEEEHHHHHHHH! at them....quite the shocker, and conversation starter, and always got a laugh. And that does not include the Dune Buggy, Army Jeep, and the actual Hearse that he had for quite awhile. He would let the boys on the dock make a little extra money cleaning the hearse while warning them to "just shove any spare body parts you may find out of the way"...Oh yes, he loved to tease. I also had someone tell me Daddy just threw him the keys to his brand new convertible once, and told him to "take it for a spin". It was something the "kid", now a grown man has never forgotten, and sounds just like Daddy. The guy was only 16 at the time.....
As he "grew up" somewhat in his later years, he calmed down a bit with the car thing, but that may have only been because now Cape Air had captured his likeness on a plane no less..that's my adorable nephew Blake, and niece Brooke taken when the plane was first launched
It's still in use, and whenever I see it flying overhead it never fails to make me smile....usually when I need it the most...any of you have any unusual vehicle stories in your life? Or better yet, any Capt. Tony's vehicle stories? Would love it if you feel like sharing!