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My Favorite Car: '51 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, Robert Cole, 81, Odessa

'51 Oldsmobile Rocket 88

Lansing, Mich., was considered a major hub for the manufacturing of the Oldsmobile, so the majority of my engineering classes were held in the building named after R.E. Olds. In 1957, after my discharge from the Army and my move into my career as an engineer, I fell head over heels in love with a silver 1951 Olds Rocket 88. When the saying of "make a date with a Rocket 88" became popular, I knew exactly what it meant! My beautiful 88 flew like the wind down roads that had no set speed limits at an easy 100 mph! Cruising down those roads was easy, comfortable and smooth as my Rocket 88 drove like a dream. I kept that 88 well into the late '60s. My love for Oldsmobiles established my track record of owning over 30 of those great cars throughout the years. But, the Rocket 88 was always my special joy. In 2010, I had the opportunity to fulfill my dreams and found another 1951 Rocket 88. This beauty was similar to my first joy, but needed much more TLC this time around. With the help of our son, she's up and running, and looking like a dream. We've not tested her speed yet, but she purrs like a top and draws the attention of anyone who sees her. Now, it's my son who proudly drives her for me. My vision was affected by shingles and is now compromised. But, riding in the passenger seat brings back fond memories of my younger days of dreams and visions of the future in my Rocket 88 — my "Merry Oldsmobile"!

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My Favorite Car: '51 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, Robert Cole, 81, Odessa 04/23/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 22, 2013 6:24pm]
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