Posted on 07/19/22

How American Automobiles Drive The American Way

How American Automobiles Drive The American Way

People all over the country will celebrate what it means to live in America this weekend. What has been more integral to American culture than the automobile

Here are four to celebrate the Fourth of July. These are the top four four-wheelers that have driven The American Way.

Road Trips

Vacations in America were mostly road trips as a child growing up in middle-class American families. Cross-country travel by car covers so many American values, including adventure, exploration and togetherness.

With the 1956 expansion of the Interstate Highway System, all Americans with four wheels could access the entire country. Family vacations are more exciting and unpredictable when driving is involved. It was possible to see the country and stop at various points along the way, making it easier to make the most of your travel time.

The American desire to see the country we had so sacrificed for, and to visit places that reminded us about our rich history and accomplishments, was influenced by pride and patriotism after WWII.

A route that is no longer in existence is one of America's most popular attractions. Historic Route 66 ran 2,448 miles starting in Chicago, Illinois and ending in Santa Monica (California). It passed through eight states, three time zones, and ended at Santa Monica, California. Although the route was officially closed in 1985, there are still enough old attractions and roadside attractions to make rolling along the "Main Street of America," one of America's most memorable and engaging ways to experience America today.

Tailgating

Tailgating is an American tradition that would not be possible without the automobile. The first pre-game parties were held in parking lots to foster team spirit and find a parking spot. People drove a long distance to reach a sporting event or game. They wanted to socialize and eat before they entered the venue.

The parking lot was a great place to meet and eat, and the back or tailgate of any truck or station wagon made a perfect surface for cooking and serving food.

American spectators have been sharing food and drinks since the Civil War when they watched battles while having picnics and cheering on their "team" on the battlefield.

Music

Our obsession with cars is the reason for many of our most memorable American songs. The most famous American music has been immortalized by the stories, movies, dreams, and catastrophes that have made us stars.

Don McLean sings "American Pie", inspired by Buddy Holly's death, "Drove My Chevy to the Levee, But the Levee Was Dry." McLean uses McLean's Chevrolet to represent a deteriorating American lifestyle.

Chuck Berry's 1955 song "Maybellene", about a hot rod race between an unfaithful lover and his jilted lover, is widely considered to be the beginning of rock and roll in America.

"Wake Up Little Susie," a story about a couple who sleep through a drive-in movie, and then miss curfews, is now banned in American art. This number one hit on the Billboard Pop charts was recorded by The Everly brothers. Some called it suggestive lyrics.

Drive-In Movies

Driving in movie theatres began in 1933. It became increasingly popular in the 1950s as driving became cheaper and more commonplace in America. Young children and their families could go to a movie without having to disturb other patrons. Teens could also use their cars for privacy. In American popular culture, drive-ins are romanticized in movies, books and music.

The decline in popularity of the drive-in has been due to increased real estate prices and an influx of home entertainment options. The classic car-side cinema remains a popular attraction in America today. Approximately 350 theaters are still in operation across the country.

American as the Automobile

The automobile is integrally a part of American culture, entertainment, and spirit. You should thank your car for making Saturday's fireworks display possible.

Move Car wishes you a happy and safe Fourth of July!