Take Us Along Winner

Bob Weinzier

Bob Weinzier of Indianapolis, Ind., is this week's Take Us Along winner. He took Indiana Auto & RV along on a trip that covered 6,800 miles to celebrate his retirement and sent this photo of him in Amarillo, Texas., with a copy of the popular magazine.

The photo shows Weinzier with what is called public art - it's a row of cars with their front ends buried in the dirt on the Cadillac Ranch. He writes: Cadillac Ranch is currently located in a cow pasture along I-40 near Amarillo. Standing along Route 66 the ranch was invented and built by a group of art-hippies, The Ant Farm, imported from San Francisco. Their silent partner was Amarillo billionaire Stanley Marsh III. He wanted a piece of public art that would baffle the locals and the hippies came up with a tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail fin. Ten Caddies were driven into one of March's fields, then half buried, nose down, in the dirt. They face west in a line, from the 1949 Club Sedan to the 1963 Sedan de Ville, tail fins held high for all to see on the empty Texas panhandle. That was in 1974. People would stop along the highway, walk out to view the cars and then deface them or rip off pieces as souvenirs. Marsh and The Ant Farm were tolerant of this deconstruction. Decades have passed. The cars are stripped to their battered frames, splattered in day-glo paint splooge, barely recognizable as automobiles. Yet Cadillac Ranch is more popular than ever. It has become a ritual site for those who travel Route 66. If they have spray paint they can be creative, however the artwork won't last long as it will be created over by someone else. Thanks for taking us along!