Stanford Presents - Car Storytelling

THE "FULLY CONNECTED" CAR HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SMARTPHONES
When the term "fully connected" is applied to the automobile, the majority of people will instantly presume an association with some kind of technology. But there is a far greater connection between cars and people. Anyone who has ever driven a car has connected with the experience worthy of a story. The result is a deeply-rooted emotional "bridge". Sometimes good and sometimes bad, but these stories become indelible connections spanning the entire populous.

Recapping a number of previous articles, we've highlighted the importance of documentation to support both the historical and financial values of the Classic you own. We've discussed what it affects, such as, interest, desirability and the realizable investment quality of any Classic. But without stories, these details are relatively emotionless.

EVERY CAR HAS A STORY
Dr. Barbara A. Karanian currently teaches "Tales to Design Cars By", where students learn to tell personal narratives and make connections between popular and historic media using the automobile. The course celebrates car fascination, and leads the student through finding and telling a car story through the REVS photographic archives, ethnographic research, interviews, and diverse individual and collaborative narrative methods-verbal, non-verbal, and film.

In this lecture, she discusses how cars and storytelling are intertwined and encourages the audience to explore the stories of their vehicles. Candidly, we were scratching our heads until the "ah-ha" moment. What's the "ah-ha" moment? You'll know it when you see it.


HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO CLASSIC CAR OWNERS

It firmly reinforces the importance of your own "car stories" and how when combined with documentation creates an enduring emotional bond that will last far beyond your current term of ownership. 

Garagistry's "Notebook" feature allows you to compose, save and, if so desired, share your stories with other subscribers. As with documentation, each Notebook entry is automatically associated to the correct vehicle including the ability to incorporate photos and documentation.

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