There is just nothing else that really grabs my attention like a wagon. Gone are the days of the mighty station wagon rumbling across the country National Lampoon style. For a long time there has been a dearth of wagons across the American landscape and it is great to finally see a revival happening along the likes of the CTS-V, TSX, and the upcoming 3-Series wagon.
For myself, there has always been a love of wagons. There is nothing that matches their versatility, especially when it comes to hauling around video equipment. For a long while I was a bit of a Honda Civic Wagon baron and at one point owned 5 of them. In my head also dances the visions of a Swedish turbo brick gracing a garage when I finally have one. So when I came across Duane Schaffer’s Datsun wagon I was in love. Stanced out to a nice level, it is great to see this wagon running down the road in all its glory. Cruising around town with the rag-top open is a great experience and is a fun way to enjoy any car let alone a wagon. Pair that with a bagged Toyota Hilux and Duane’s garage is one that brings me a tinge of envy.
Duane, like many of us, is a family man and loves to learn and do things on his own with the resources that are available to him. Both the wagon and the Hilux aren’t show quality cars and they don’t need to be to gain maximum enjoyment. It is the pleasure of getting an old car back on the road to ones styling and taste and having fun, and believe me, they are both a ton of fun to cruise around. Duane is passing this all down to his son who is very much into cars and is training up another unbelievable generation of car guys.