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Boomerang Lodge: 1963

Boomerang Lodge: 1963

Aspen, winter 1962-63. Boomerang Lodge, designed by owner Charlie Paterson, a Frank Lloyd Wright-trained architect. The vehicle on the right is a Cadillac hearse used as a lodge limo! My 1960 Ford convertible is on the left. View full size.

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About the Cadillac hearse

It was complete with purple velvet in the rear open part where the casket went. One lodge guest that winter (a woman) refused to ride in it! I worked there that winter and drove the hearse/limo as part of the job. Got to ski the best part of six days a week.


A friend of mine had an early Corvair and we had a ball running it around on snow covered streets. Yes, it had good traction with its rear-mounted engine, but the front end weighed about two ounces, and if you made a sudden turn on the snow, the car just kept going straight ahead. Scary!

Fun in the snow, Corvair division

Good traction or not, without the engine heat up front a nice wet snow could pack the front wheel wells. Suddenly, no steering! Other than that, they were great fun to drive -- you could really scoot through corners.

Where are the 4x4 SUVs?

I'm surprised anyone was able to make it to the lodge in winter without a 4x4. The station wagon with snow tires and the Corvair are real traction machines in the snow.

[Traction was a selling point of the Corvair, which had the engine in back, over the driving wheels. - Dave]


These days, it's hilarious to think of someone driving to a ski resort in a Corvair. Where's the Escalades?

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