Traffic Jams: ’71 Plymouth Cuda
Choosing a car at dealership. Thoughtful grey hair man in formalwear leaning at the car and looking away
1971 Plymouth Cuda
Golden Earring, “Radar Love”
The 407, early evening, on a summer weekend when everyone’s at the cottage
You can pretend the ’70s never ended with Robert and Fiona Young’s ’71 383 Cuda in yellow and black, beautifully restored for the auto show’s Cruise Nationals. Because what gearhead of a certain age doesn’t want to pretend that the folks are away, the car is yours, and the freeway is eerily deserted as the sun goes down? As for the song, Golden Earring’s 1973 hit “Radar Love” might be the most obvious car song ever recorded, with its drag racing imagery painted with libidinous overdrive, delivered breathlessly by the Dutch hard rock band, and designed to blare from pre-bass bin car speakers. Obvious, yeah, but is there a car more obvious than a bright yellow Cuda?