It turned out to be a show of the local AMC car club. The American Motors Co made several memorable cars: The Gremlin, the Hornet, the Eagle and others that you see at various car shows. One that you do not see, is
Dearest Sister owned a Pacer in the late 70's or very early 80's. She loved that car and when it was wrecked, she wanted a replacement Pacer. Alas, it was not to be. I do not even remember what car she had next. In fact, I remember very few of the cars that she has owned, only that there were a lot of vans, and now Subaru's (it's a Colorado thing, apparently). But I remember the Pacer. Apparently the rest of the world felt the Pacer was inferior. The only one at a car show featuring the AMC marque was this toy!
The Pacer was doomed to fail! Why?
It falls into the category of 'Things that we love, so they will no doubt be discontinued".
It is a pattern that has repeated many times, over the years!
Rely tampons. Sure, they were blamed for Toxic Shock Syndrome, but the first thing we thought of when we heard they were being pulled from the shelves was,"is there a store that still has them for sale and can we stock up with a lifetime supply?" Sadly, the answer was 'no'. No other FHP* has ever become a preferred brand in the way that we relied on Rely!
Another favorite that became unavailable as soon as I declared it a favorite? Real (brand) cigarettes. I know, I know, cigarettes are bad for you and I haven't smoked in almost 30 years, but it still annoys me that when I did smoke, my favorite brand was discontinued!
Hershey's Solitaire candy bars - gone! (I know that the bags of chocolate covered almonds are still somewhat available, but the candy bar is what I want!)
We have become resigned to fact that if it is something we really, really like, we better lay in a supply, because chances are, it will not be available long!
(When I started this post, I began to think of all the examples of this phenomenon that have occurred over the years. These are the highlights that come to mind. I will await memory supplement by DS...)
*feminine hygiene product