The view of the crowded parking lot at Granite Run Golf Course was enough to make a man’s knees go weak. Sure there were pretty girls, but there were also Mustangs, Cougars and Corvettes—’oh my’.
There’s not much room for men in the midst of the pageantry at prom, but at least the girls usually relinquish the parking lot.
On Saturday during a picture gathering at Granite Run prior to drive-up at Yellow Medicine East High School, the boys decorated the Granite Run parking lot in pearl blues, candy reds, menacing blacks and chrome. The appearance of which was polished and detailed, no doubt, almost as fastidiously as the dates they would ferry.
Junior Zach Kluver escorts his date, Sadie Miller, to the passenger side of a blue, or lets say cerulean-colored, 1966 two-door Ford Fairlane. His dad’s car. A manly muscle car with an understated nature.
The car, which was built to rival the Pontiac Tempest GTO, is inauspicious, yet distinct, in the golf course parking lot filled with look-at-me’s. The lot is now rumbling to life with teenage boys sitting roguishly behind the wheel of cars they cannot possibly deserve (the same sentiment probably holds for the dates sitting beside them, but that’s just what jealous old men tend to think).
Miss Sadie Miller, resplendent in a fuchsia-colored gown, lifts her dress so not to speckle the tulle with gravel and mud.
Zach’s dad Mike, meanwhile, gently picks off minute debris that has settled on the hood of his Fairlane. It’s just been painted—and about to be photographed.
This is the same car Mike took Zach’s mother Shannon to prom in back in 1989 when the couple were together at what is now Renville County West. That makes it two generations, now, of prom procession and romance that the Fairlane has attended to.
“I guess I just kinda fell in love with it,” says Mike obviously refering to the car. He recalls buying it from his brother when he was around 16. It drove him around until he began hauling it around through marriage, kids, jobs and moves before settling just outside of Granite Falls—not far from the high school memories of the past. Restored now, for memories yet to come.