Wagon Widows #4: The Crickets, The Kingsmen, and more…

December 17, 2011

It occurred to me that an original, card-carrying Wagon Owner may come across the idea of making a documentary about station wagons and ask, why? Why, pray tell, would you make a movie about station wagons?

And I have an answer.

The same reason that the Kingsmen’s Louie Louie makes your memory smile. The same reason you’d make a movie about Neil Armstrong, the color television, or Woodstock. Because the thirty year span between 1945 and 1975 was simply one of the most fascinating periods in American history. Perhaps more so than ever before, the country was changing, as were its vehicles right alongside.

The wagon is a tangible, corporeal relic of that history, a purveyor of the American dream as it stood in 1959. Just running your hands along the wood grain brings a host of memories (or daydreams, depending on your date of birth). Louie Louie isn’t so far off when you’re cruising in a wagon.

As I put on a Crickets record and dream of a time I never knew, I realize that this project isn’t quite as eccentric as I’d first thought.

Here’s to reminiscing on the good ole days I never knew,

-Amanda Smartt, Wagon Widow


About wagonmastersthemovie

The car that was once the quintessential image of the American Dream is all but dead - at least for most people. Station wagons were America’s "workhorses on wheels." Today, they conjure images of outdated family photos, over-sized hairdos and unfashionable wooden siding. There are some, however, who still cling to these vehicles and what they stand for in American culture. Wagonmasters, a full-length documentary film, offers glimpses into the lives of such wagon enthusiasts, and tells the story of the station wagon as it represents a changing America over the last one hundred years. http://www.wagonmastersthemovie.com
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