Chuck H 1960 Ford Galaxie Starliner 2dr Hardtop Coupe

On Wheels of Love, for my Dad

This is about the Love I have for the Automobile and the Man who started it all for me....

If you look at the first picture I posted you will see it is a picture my Dad took of me at 1 year old behind the wheel of the 49 Olds rocket 88. (Look at my smile) it was 1951.........

The other pictures are of one of his/my most favorite Cars a 1960 Ford Starliner. He never got to own one and had to raise a family, and so now that I am in my prime years, I have a wonderful collection of Classics and Hot Rods. The Starliner is not the most valuable car in my collection, but it represents my fathers life in the way that he fought in the War, he came home one of the lucky ones and started a family in a big big way. When I drive her I think of all the veterans who kept us safe and free. Free to have this kind of luxury...........

And I owe my love for Cars to my Daddy.

You see on Sundays growing up in New York in the late 50s, we didn't have much money, so for entertainment he would take me to a small park next to the highway leading to the throgsneck bridge. And we would eat a bag lunch my Mom would fix and he would teach me the makes and years of all the cars that would pass us by. I learned them all and fell in love with the Automobile..........

So when later on after he passed and I found myself at that very park,

And I wrote this poem for him.

On WHEELS of LOVE by Chuck Haase.

When I was but a Compact Lad......

I'd steer our car on the knees of Dad......

And he would take me out to learn the Cars....

And he would point and Shout.........

"FORD! CHEVY! DODGE! BUICK! CADDY"!

And I would listen, Look, and Learn from Daddy!

And there was no doubt I'd take his word.........

When he would shout "THUNDERBIRD"

As I grew older

I learned those names....

I learned all the years......

I fanned the Flames.

ON WHEELS OF LOVE.

in my later years I entered the shows......

My Shiny Brights would win them all.....

The trophies grew and filled my halls....

The lookers filled my Heart with Joy.......

When the would look and shout "OH BOY"

And they would Fan the Flames......

ON WHEELS OF LOVE.

NOW I AM OLD......

Can't see to Drive......

And my Shiny Brights are not alive.....

But Memories are such a sight.....

And flames burn deep.......

And they burn bright.......

AND I CAN CLOSE MY EYES AND SEE.....

HIM SHOUTING ALL THOSE NAMES AT ME.

"FORD! CHEVY! DODGE! BUICK! CADDY"!

I learned them all... thanks to my DADDY!

Thanks Dad........ I love you more than all the cars insured by Hagerty and that is quite a lot.........lol

6 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Barbara Simi Valley, CA July 13, 2014 at 13:17
    I LOVE this story!! I could feel every sentence as if i knew the Father and Son. Touching and just plain good writing.Hope we see this in a future article! <3
  • 2
    Tom Los Angeles Ca. July 13, 2014 at 16:54
    Great story and poem. Love Starliners
  • 3
    Jason Doornick Tijuana July 13, 2014 at 20:21
    Very true, very bold and very cool. Much love chuck.
  • 4
    Windley Tatom Troy, al. July 14, 2014 at 01:06
    You just can't beat a wild child in an Olds 88. This was a great insight into what men's fascination for cars is all about. As, it usually starts out with a boy and a great adult teacher. When the lessons come with love you never sever the connection no matter what model the car or the Dad is. Thanks for this tidbit. W.W. Tatom Troy Alabama.
  • 5
    maggie Santa Monica Ca. July 14, 2014 at 19:23
    Great poem and great car. I never saw one ever.
  • 6
    Jack B Torrance July 17, 2014 at 11:30
    What a nice story. Most of us can relate to. Good read.

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