The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Aftermath: U.S.A. #8


Original Caption:

New York -- Candidates for the title of "Miss New York State" beam a half dozen ivory smiles at you from the top of a Jaguar D at the International Automobile Show in New York's Coliseum. Even the exotic car itself seems pop-eyed with admiration. From left to right the gals are Alice Heft, Long Island; Suzanne Schuster, Schenectady, N.Y.; Lael Jackson, N.Y.C.; Rita Hayes, N.Y.C.; Carol Ann Farrel, Albany, N.Y., and Carol Ann Westordorf, Long Island. (1956)

12 comments :

Christopher said...

Ol' Flip the Frog done had a brain storm there!

swac said...

"Plunk your magic twanger, Froggy!"

Vanwall said...

I prefer the nekkid babes from the TVR stand at London in the 60's.

Joanne said...

my husband of 57 years of age liked the one second from the right best. Probably because of the amount of b..b shown.

Joanne said...

I gotta look at that one!

Joanne said...

If anyone knows how to find the TVR stand in London in the 60's on this blog, I would love to see. I can't seem to locate it. THanks

F.G. Marshall-Stacks said...

If you can find a D-type Jag for sale, it will cost you US$4million to own it's aerodynamic coefficient of 3.4 and a hood which can evidently withstand weight pressure of 500+ lbs.

Vanwall said...

Joanne - The TVR stand isn't on this blog, I was speaking from an, ahem, obscure knowledge of such. Doubtless pics are somewhere on the web.

Joanne said...

Thank you for responding. This blog has so many wonderful pictures, but I did wonder about "nekkid" pixs.

Tommy O'C said...

Okay, which Baby is going to drive the car?

Joanne said...

The girl on the left (as you look at the picture) looks like she might be a redhead, so I vote for her to drive.

Vanwall said...

I've actually seen this very car, chassis No. XKD507, which was a Briggs Cunningham's team car for many years, and it ran with No. 11 in the Sebring 12 hour race that year, in USA National livery - white with two blue stripes. Note the lack of sponsorship decals, as racing was still a "gentleman's game", with National Colors meaning more than filthy lucre. It resided in Costa Mesa, CA for many years after retirement in Cunningham's unrivaled car collection, until the Collier Foundation bought the lot and moved it to Florida, where it is still extant. I actually spoke to Mr. Cunningham about this car on a tour many years ago, to tell him I thought it was the prettiest D-Type of them all.