Freaks and Geeks was an 80s themed series too. I lived through that time and a lot of is was pretty accurate.
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I have a '96-model Toyota because it was cheap. I like it, but then again I don't kid myself into thinking it's as "good as a new car." It is "good enough" for me, and it's paid for. It rides like a shopping cart with a crazy wheel, smokes a little bit, has dust blowing up through the floor (no cabin filters back then, so just run with the windows down), has vacuum-operated cruise control that now lights up but no longer works. On the front it has disc brakes; the back has a set of drum brakes that would have looked at home on a '51 Plymouth Cranbrook. Audio is a set of slightly buzzy speakers connected to a radiocassette (remember that word nobody uses any more?) deck, with one knob missing.Honestly, though, I think the love for seveties, eighties, even nineties cars is a figment of people's nostalgic imagination. These things have always been slow and loose with terribly unreliable air conditioning and, compared to today's cars, drive and ride like either a logging truck or a waterbed. They don't keep the outside out and you can smell the dirt and exhaust from other cars and the road. Vacuum tubes everywhere under the hood and catalytic converters that work just the same as if you'd shoved a box of kleenex in the tail pipe. No, nobody remembers these things for what they really are. And in a time where mom's minivan has almost 400hp it boggles my mind anyone can kid themselves about coveting an '85 Country Squire - that trick tailgate gets old fast because it weighs eighty pounds.
I daily a '94 Ford pickup. The headers are cracked and leak, the steering has a dead spot in it where it feels like it's not connected, the shocks barely do anything because the springs are so stiff, and it sucks to drive downtown because it's slower than everyone else wants to go. I'm always getting tailgated and passed because it physically cannot accelerate like anything can today. I do like the truck, but it's a handful and I kinda cringe when people compliment me on it. Like, you wouldn't like it if you dailied it for a while - carry on with your hipster fantasy elsewhere.I have a '96-model Toyota because it was cheap
My dad has one of these - literally that car. It's maroon with a flathead six and a three on the tree. He also has a '66 Dodge Charger small block automatic. Apparently I'm supposed to inherit these, but I can't honestly say I'm excited about that.'51 Plymouth Cranbrook
Have you ever driven one of these? They are more complex than they look and are loud and uncomfortable. They require a lot of effort to drive and can be unruly. They aren't really quaint.Model T's are nice in an ugly-cute way, and the simple bare-bones design is actually pretty ingenious
Most '90s cars are pretty lousy. I agree.I daily a '94 Ford pickup. The headers are cracked and leak, the steering has a dead spot in it where it feels like it's not connected, the shocks barely do anything because the springs are so stiff, and it sucks to drive downtown because it's slower than everyone else wants to go. I'm always getting tailgated and passed because it physically cannot accelerate like anything can today. I do like the truck, but it's a handful and I kinda cringe when people compliment me on it. Like, you wouldn't like it if you dailied it for a while - carry on with your hipster fantasy elsewhere.
Those sound like nice cars,. If you don't want one, though, even something like a brand-new car can be a major pain in the butt to have to deal with all of a sudden--even more so when it's two cars, and both of them (presumably) too "nice" to actually use plus all the fussy maintenance. I'd be tempted to mess around with the Plymouth but wouldn't know what to do with them in the end.My dad has one of these - literally that car. It's maroon with a flathead six and a three on the tree. He also has a '66 Dodge Charger small block automatic. Apparently I'm supposed to inherit these, but I can't honestly say I'm excited about that.
They are literally one of the world's worst motor vehicles, but significant nonetheless. They are endearingly crap-tastic, dangerous, and of course uncomfortable--I've also been fascinated by them ever since I was about six or seven. Still am.Have you ever driven one of these? They are more complex than they look and are loud and uncomfortable. They require a lot of effort to drive and can be unruly. They aren't really quaint.
My nostalgia meter usually stops in the 90s.The fifties, sixties, and seventies all have well defined nostalgic markets. The Victorian era has it's devotees that wander into early Twentieth Century territory. Even Civil War reenacting is still popular.
But the eighties seem to have been skipped over by the mainstream. Actually, it seems the eighties, nineties, and aughts have coalesced into a single idea in society's collective memory. I remember in the nineties popular nostalgia for the seventies was obvious (even to my kid self), and this has never really gone away. But the eighties have never caught on, at least not by themselves. While I'm sure Gen X'ers don't want to relive the existential dread of limitless opportunities they passed up in their childhood, I don't understand why the eighties have not been adopted by these kids today or whatever.
You say that, but I've photos of the clothes I wore that dispute your assertion.Being a kid in the 80s was not bad either
I got my first PC in 1986. I miss the simplicity of those days. 640K and a CGI graphics card, dual floppy drives, a coprocessor, and a 5-megabyte hard drive, and I was set! Dos 3.1, Wordstar word processing, and GWBasic to do my Basic programming. You bought your games on 360K floppies. Nothing was copy-protected.I miss the simplicity of the 80s. No one had computers back then, Well, I did but I'm a bit of a geek. Mobile phones weren't invented and many people didn't even have a landline in the house. To talk to someone you had to go around their place and knock on the door. We were much more social back then.
Boys toys were cars bikes and boats, and everything was simple enough that you could service and repair them yourself at home with ease. I only ever owned beat up old cars, $500 bombs. They were the best value, fix it up enough to run it for at least 6 months, then take it to the wreckers who would pay you for it, go out and buy another one. Our compulsory insurance is billed as part of our yearly registration with the government regulating the price, so if you buy an old car with 6 months rego on it it really is good value.
Cars were more simply made back then, Holden made one base frame that came with a choice of 6 different bodies. A 2 door coupe, a family sedan, a station wagon, a ute, a panel van, and a luxury model that sort of looked like a Cadillac. You also had a choice of many different engines from small 6 cylinders to large V8s.
Panel Vans were popular with surfies, the shaggin' wagon. The Monaro was the coupe, a favourite boy's toy, perfectly poised and balanced for doing circle work on wet grass.
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It was a very different social climate to that of the US. We had been a nation of racist religious extremists but that started to break down in the late 60s and by the beginning of the 80s we had completely broken the hold of religion over our politics and our legal system. Australia in the 80s was a wonderful time when being different was celebrated, the fringes were fringes no longer, instead they were the centre of attention.
That changed as we shifted in to the 90s and our society became more conservative again.