It was May 5th, 1973 when my young parents walked down the aisle and exchanged vows in front of a small audience of close friends and family. They were just 21 years young! It's hard to imagine my parents young, I know.. but it is kind of neat to see proof of their once youthful days with the keepsake of my dad's first car!
Although, to much my mom and dad's surprise.. their appearance has changed slightly over the years.. but there is one thing that remains the same, and that is my dad's first car.
The 1969 Ford Torino Cobra was bought brand new right off the car lot in downtown Birmingham.. Soon after, my dad and mom met and started dating. Yes, the Torino picked mom up promptly for their first date.. and just a couple short years later the Torino took them away from their wedding day and to their honeymoon.
Years later, the car was driven less and less. Children came, work was busy and responsibilities took precedence to the old car. There was some pressure to sell, but my dad, whole-heartedly, never swayed his decision to sell his first car.
The car sat for many years in the darkness of a basement. The tires became flat and the once, new sparkly paint now had a collection of dust. It wasn't until my mom decided to revive the car and bring it back to life as a surprise for my dad's 50th birthday.
Every now and then, you may catch a glimpse of the old Torino driving around their neighborhood. My parents recently celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary, so I wanted to take a moment and grab a few shots of them with their car.
Afterall, this car has been there from the beginning of their story. I'd like to say, it's part of our family!