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Happy Mardi Gras from Car Chat

Happy Mardi Gras to Car Chat followers and fans! You may not know this, but we at Car Chat are mostly native New Orleanians or from nearby in Louisiana. Though it is a 'regular Tuesday' in most other places in the USA, in New Orleans and other places in Louisiana and Cajun-land we are celebrating the very old tradition of Carnival and the consumption of scrumptious ‘king cakes’.

Mardi Gras is a wonderful time and a great opportunity to see some awesome classic automobiles, fantastical creations, or elaborately decorated jalopies. You never know what your are going to see when you turn a corner in the French Quarter. I was on my way to the family home, right in the heart of the Mardi Gras mayhem when I came across a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala, the debut year for this American classic.
The fine specimen in the photo above is a Sport Coupe equipped with either a 235-cubic-inch Blue Flame I6, or 283-cubic-inch Turbo-Fire V8, or perhaps the 348-cubic-inch Turbo-Thrust V8. Though I did not stop to ask any detailed questions, it was great to greet such a fine lady who is passionate about classic American cars.
So, just to give you a taste of the flavor of our genre de vie (way of life) here, I will finish this blog post in my native dialect, which is a gumbo of French, Spanish, Italian, Irish, and English:

”I was passing by momenem's house in da French Quarter fo' da Mardi Gras, and snapped dis photo from da banquette of dis belle dame next to a 1958 Impala. Laissez les bon temps rouler!"

Translation from New Orleans dialect: "I was visiting my family's home in the French Quarter during Mardi Gras when I took this photo from the sidewalk of this fine lady standing next to a 1958 Impala. Let the good times roll!"



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