Enjoyed this piece at POM.
The United States was slow to forget the oil crisis of the 1970s. Gasoline rationing and lines at the pumps going around the block were anathema to the post-WWII lifestyle that Americans had gotten used to enjoying. The oil shortage changed their political views, and more than that, their buying habits.
Did anyone ever do a psyOp on the Pony?
Seriously, I enjoyed this story (never heard of it before) because the Mackinac Bridge intimidated me back in the 80s when I drove across it for the first time. The view through the grates to the Strait is breathtaking and, well, very high. I have no doubt with your writing that this is a hoax, and I doubt the Yugo had any affect on the Big 3. As a matter of fact, it was an awful car that only the poorest would dare drive.As a symbol of all small cars, I’d agree that the story was probably useful to cast aspersions on small cars and help promote Big Steel. Please look at the vicsim report and label those that you think died please. bit.ly/fakevicsimreport As an aside, the doc about how this bridge was built is well worth the watch.
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