Photo of the Day: American Rivalry

By | October 01, 2013
Even before the automobile bug bit me, I knew about rivalrys between automakers. No rivalry is as ingrained in American culture as the one between Ford and Chevy. I enjoy Fords and I enjoy Chevys, but to some it’s a distinct line drawn in the concrete between two opposing sides that each other rarely cross. And within this rivalry are two cars at the heart of it all that are as American as, well, Ford and Chevy, really: the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang.  The mid-60s saw the birth of these two and immediately captured the hearts of the American youth all throughout the country. The line might have been visible before then, but this was it began to darken and separate the two sides into what we see today. Throughout the years Ford and Chevy went back and forth with these two trying to gain the slightest ground on its competitor with it still raging more than ever to this day. This image captures that rivalry with these two modern day pony cars. Squared up on the line, ready to claim the top spot, these cars have been doing this since 1966. These two cars have come a long way since the days of Mark Donohue and Parnelli Jones duking it in the Trans-Am road-racing series. My only hope is that this rivalry continues to play itself out for years to come with each manufacturing pushing itself to redefine what the Camaro and Mustang stand for, to our benefit of course. As long as they keep rolling off the line the rivalry will continue.