by Randy McKee, R.B. Walter Elementary, Tioga, Pennsylvania
The accompanying artwork is from a “Cars of the Future” lesson that I run with my fourth-grade classes. We spent the first week discussing design and concept cars as well as looking at the Subaru website to see what’s in production now. They were told to think as if they were part of your design team. We talked, at length, about what goes into designing a functional car and how difficult the process is: from the sketch, to the clay model, and then on to the final vehicle.
I also presented them with a PowerPoint® of as many Subaru concept vehicles as I could find. The next two classes were used for brainstorming and sketching out their ideas. Two more art periods were dedicated to final production of their posters with a final day spent drawing your intricate logo.
My students are interested in knowing what you think of their “futuristic” Subaru designs (I allowed them to consider the term future to mean anything from next week up to 100 years from now).
Editor’s Note: Your designs are wonderfully imaginative and reflect all the hard work that you put into them. Perhaps they’ll inspire future Subaru vehicles!
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by Ron and Helen Julian, Dayton, Ohio
Our experience of over 35 years with Subaru has been outstanding. The excellent ownership of Wagner Subaru and the outstanding service department have kept us happy customers through the life of 13 Subaru vehicles.
In 1976, Helen and I purchased our first Subaru. It was a two-door sedan with all-wheel drive. That began a life with Subaru for us. We have traveled over 1 million miles together, visiting 48 states. Our children and grandchildren have benefitted from the rotation of our Subaru vehicles. Since 1976 I would get a new vehicle, rotate one to Helen, and rotate the one she had been driving to one of our children and now grandchildren.
by Chloe Zirk
by Paula Shaughnessy, Wayne, New Jersey
I come from a two-Subaru family (my husband has a Baja® – best vehicle ever), and anytime we take either one in for work, everyone tells me, “You have to send Subaru pictures.” I don’t really know why you’d want to see my 1999 Impreza Outback art car, but, hey, at least I’ll be able to tell them I sent the pics next time they ask.
In the Spring 2014 issue of Drive, we asked readers to send in their experiences sleeping in their Subaru vehicles. A number of you sent in emails with photographs, which have been linked to the Subaru Sleepover article.
by William DeBuvitz, Mendham, New Jersey
I thought I would point out a mistake relating to Subaru in the new film Nebraska. There is a scene where the son of the main character drives up to a gas pump in his older Subaru Outback. He parks with the driver’s side next to the pump. We do not actually see him get gas, but it is implied that he did. If they did show him getting gas, the filmmakers would have immediately seen their mistake. You can see the fuel hatch on the passenger side as with most, if not all, Subaru vehicles.
Editor’s Note: Find a list of other Subaru vehicles in the movies in the drive-in theater article in this issue.
by Carl Banninger, Douglassville, Pennsylvania
Back in 1982, I was 6 years old. My dad, Roger, bought a new vehicle, and it was a blue Subaru wagon. We had that one for years and drove it everywhere. One of the coolest things I remember about it is that it had a fog light behind the Subaru emblem in the grille. I would ask my dad to hit the button and the fog light would appear. My dad has had several used vehicles through the years. Recently, he decided to buy a new vehicle, 31 years later. This time, he bought a 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring in his favorite color – blue.
I am 37 years old now and have two kids of my own. We have a 2001 Outback Wagon and a 2009 Forester in my dad’s favorite color and now mine – blue.