Hover Motor Company. What is that anyway?
Back in the 1930s, my granddad, Robert Hover, opened his first Hover Motor Company used car lot in Colorado Springs. He was in business through the 1970s, until he finally gave up to enjoy the sedentary life. And that's where I came in.
Our family used to visit my grandparents in Colorado pretty often when I was a kid, and the dominant conversation was stories my dad and granddad would tell about things that happened involving the car lots.
I vividly remember one story in particular about what kind of damage certain animals will do to a car when you hit them.
You see, the car lot was mostly run granddad, dad, maybe some of dad's friends, or a small cast of characters that worked for peanuts. They would go all over the middle of the country and buy cars they thought they could make a little money on. So they'd ride the bus, take the train, or drive out and find something, and either drive it back home or flat-tow it. They did this quite a bit, and spent a lot of time driving at night. So they had the opportunity to clobber their fair share of creatures.
Evidently, a pig will really tear up the front of a car because you drive up on it. You'll bust the legs off a horse, and it'll come through your windshield. I could go on, but you get the idea.
And these stories were told with a heavy dose of swearing and smoking. It sounds pretty awful for an asthmatic little kid to sit around and hear some of this uncensored stuff while choking on cigar smoke.
But you know, it wasn't. I enjoyed it. I miss it. My granddad died more than 30-years ago, and I still think about those times with fondness.
And that's kind of what I'm planning to do here. I don't plan to get too gruesome, and I'll keep it family friendly, but I want to have that enjoyable chit-chat atmosphere on a subject that I know and love.
We'll talk about cars, car places, car models, and collectables. But we'll keep it pretty casual, and hopefully have some fun.
And in the meantime, I've made some pretty great memories with my dad over the years. I don't know if my son is as excited about some of our "old" stories, but he does have a keen interest in cars, so at least I'm doing something right. I wish I had a place like this where I could go back and relive some of those memories from the past. Maybe this will be a place where he can come and appreciate some of his car heritage.
Hover Motor Company used car lots have been closed and forgotten for many years. But with any luck, the legacy will live on with a little history, a few good stories, and some good old car fun. I hope you stay tuned to this page to take that journey with me.