Of course, we can't ignore the environmental consequences of this love affair with the automobile, both in terms of the environmental costs - in the extraction of oil from the earth and contribution of carbon to the atmosphere - but due to the importance of cars in our culture, they tell something about us as a society. And regardless of what you think of them, they are objects of human achievement. In many ways, they are a mixture of art and machine. They have also provided many a way of life and a key to the middle class, especially in the 20th Century.
So, in Louisville this past weekend, we were able to witness a celebration of our society's love of the automobile. For many, these sorts of meets are family events involving multiple generations. Over 700 cars assembled from around the nation and were displayed at the Convention Center. The only criteria to participate is that they have to be some sort of vehicle and be at least 25 years old. The oldest car that I saw was a 1903 Curved-Dash Oldsmobile. There were a range of other cars of all makes and models, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.
One that stood out for me was a 1916 Milburn. Click link for full view of automobile and history of the marque. Here are some pics: