The Vintage Automobile Club of Ocean County, NJ welcomes you.
The first International Auto Show was held in New York City in 1900.
If you had been there you would have been amazed at the technology it took to go from a horse drawn
carriage to a self-propelled carriage. If you attended the show in 1901, you would have been amazed
at the technological breakthrough that gave automobiles the means to slow down and stop; namely,
the brake, which was invented for 1901 automobiles by Frederick William Lancaster. Before 1901,
cars did not have an adequate braking system, unless you consider running into brick walls, houses,
trees, horses, and people, adequate.
I have attended the NY Auto Show many times, including the past three years. I am always amazed at
the technology built into the new cars. I have a 2000 Ford F-150. The truck is now fifteen years old,
and for the last couple of years I’ve been thinking about buying another F-150. Every time I see the
technological advances of each model year, I think. ‘Why not wait another year to see what advances
are made?’ The tailgate on my truck, for instance, takes two hands and a whole lot of grunting to
unlatch. The 2015 Ford F-150 has a small button underneath the grip which opens the tail gate electrically.
A push with one finger and the tail gate drops open. Amazing. I should buy one. But, what about next year?
Maybe next year’s model will be voice operated. While holding a bag of planting soil I could just
say, “Tailgate open.” And it would open. Wow! Then I’d say, “Door open. Engine start. Seatbelt,
secure me. Radio, play Candy Girl,
by the Four Seasons…loud!”
Better yet, while I’m still in the house, the engine would start at a pre-set time, like an alarm clock,
and either warm up or cool down the interior, depending on the weather. And as I approach my new truck,
an optical scanner will recognize my face and the driver’s door will open, then close once I am seated.
Then a pre-programmed voice, either a French maid or a English man servant, will say, “Good morning
your majesty” or, “good morning sir” or, “good morning, my leetlestud
muf-fan, zankyou for last night, hee-hee”. And then, from the center console, up pops a glass of
orange juice and two Krispy Kreme frosted doughnuts.
Don’t laugh. Remember when Ralph Kramdensaid he wouldn’t buy a
TV because he was waiting for 3-D television? The idea of 3-D TV was so preposterous that the entire
audience laughed. Well, 3-D TV is here. I own one. It’s not 3-D all the time; you have to play a 3-D
movie. But, no one is laughing anymore. If you can dream it, someone will build it.
Compared to today’s generation, our generation is low tech. Most of us,
it seems, are embracing new technology, which not only makes day to day living easier, but in many
ways technology provides entertainment that didn’t even exist fifty years ago. For those of you who
refuse to submit to the new regime, just remember that this entire newsletter was computer generated.
My parents were a little slow in embracing new things. My father used to say the only calculator he
needed was the one with the eraser at the end. One Christmas we bought my mother a microwave oven.
She returned it. She didn’t trust it. To her, a meal wasn’t a meal unless it took all afternoon to make it.
Remember when Dick Tracy had his two way wrist radio TV? You knew what it was because in every
Dick Tracy comic strip there was a little arrow pointing to it that said, “2 way wrist radio TV”.
In 1964 I thought it was a great idea, but impossible to actually make.
I could go one for another couple of pages listing all the gadgets
we have today, but Bill the Editor is making that “cut” gesture under his chin.
So, I’ll continue with “New Technology” next month.
In the meantime, I want you to remember one very important thing…….. And that is
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