There’s a knock at the door, I awake to the sound of the Atlantic Ocean and remnants of a foggy dream about cars and classics of the 70s falls away. Seagulls and waves mix together outside balcony doors and a voice says “hey, let’s check out this car parked just down the street it’s a nice one.” It’s my dad. He and my mother are staying at the same resort in Florida and he decided after his early morning walk that there was something he needed to show me.
My feet flip-flop along the sandy sidewalk we’re headed to the north-side of town for the supposed ‘nice car’. The sun crests rooftops of hotels that line the main street and palm leaves free themselves in the wind. The first shops are beginning to open, locals appear at windows and I see something up ahead.
A silvery reflection off the rear of a chrome bumper glows. And as we get closer I see a crest on the rear of a trunk, it’s clearly an old car, as as we get closer a 1966 Corvette convertible in silver reveals itself. It looks as if it were driven right off the showroom floor and by “dealer” on the plate it might have. I pull the camera out of it’s case and start taking shots, it’s amazing just how easy this car is to photograph.
My dad stands proudly at the curb as I admire every angle zooming in and out with my camera. We’re like father and son nerds loitering around this car under glorious Florida light. A silver-haired retiree in a four door Porsche slows to see what all the fuss is about, smiles and carries on. Not much happens here, and if it does it’s usually harmless and perfect, as if you’re Jim Carey in the Truman Show. But I love it.
If you decide to go south for a vacation and find yourself looking for things to do in Florida steer your car towards the Atlantic coastline until you reach a small beach known for it’s charm, peacefulness and thundering waves called Vero. Where you are certain to find sun, sand, and some spectacular cars and classics.
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