What do Classic Cars and Hospitals have in Common?

Classic Car Magazine can be a refreshing read in a hospital. It was loaded with pictures, unique car related stories, far from the doom and gloom of the normal hospital reads. This one particular time this car mag brought a little bit of happiness to people that just needed something positive to think about.

As we get older this story might make more sense, but this true story happened no less.

Classic Cars read, a Hospitals, and this is how it all started.

author with a coronavirus on maskWe’re heading off to the local hospital for health related tests for a family member.  I’m just clearing my drive way when I remembered; I forgot something decent to read while I’m sitting there.

So I picked up my all-time favorite magazine the Old Autos Newspaper, yup, it’s a Classic Car day for reading and off we go.

After finding a remote spot at the far end of the hospital parking lot. I slipped my ride into the only whole that I could jam my car into, and then we headed into the over-crowded waiting room.

As we entered, I noticed that you could hear a pin drop. After visually scanning the room … these people certainly had other things on their minds.

I opened up the Old Auto Classic Car Newspaper. And then you could almost hear the room come to life. I thought I was disturbing these folks with my rustling of the newspaper, so I looked up and apologized for making so much noise.

Then I noticed, they weren’t looking at me at all, It was my Classic Car Newspaper they wanted to see.

The lady on my right woke up instantly from the ruffling of the paper and said, “I used to own one of them” as she pointed to a picture of a 1952 Hudson four door … something.

classic car 1952 Hudson 

“And my brother,” she says,” took two years to overhaul his 62 Corvette, just like …  that one she pointed to in the picture.” The guy to my left of her said, “I had one of the sports cars.”

Oh yeah, she was a beauty.

The lady across from me tried to read the backside of the paper, but I knew she would have had a rough time to do that. At that point of noticing these people come a alive, reading the newspaper was the last thing on my mind.

I just took out the swap meet agenda section and laid the classic car newspaper down among the doom and gloom literature.

Reading this paper had to be a little more refreshing for these people than what you usually find in those Hospitals. Eh!

After laying the paper down, it was immediately scooped up by a lady across from me that tried to read it upside down. A few minutes later, she laid it down, and it immediately got pick-up by someone else across the room.

I couldn’t help but notice all the interest these people had in my old paper. Taking a second look around, clearly, these folks had other things to worry about. But I knew deep down that these photos of old classic cars were part of their past and indeed probably much better times.

Momentarily, their troubles were gone.

I had to thank the publishers for this excellent classic car newspaper for always having interesting reads.

I’m sure their intent of publishing this paper was not for a good secondary read in a hospital, but it was anyway.

The gist of this story’s is this classic car newspaper brings great informative information to the collector and auto enthusiasts. But more importantly, even for a short period of time, the Classic Car Newspaper brought much-needed smiles and precious past memories to those unfortunate people that had an uncertain future.” Their looks and smiles were priceless that day”

In Loving Memory of my Brother Jack who was my swap meet partner and friend. He got bad news that day.

RSP Jack John Gary Wettlaufer

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