And who can forget the local connection to the Cruiser craze via an expensive crash test?
The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration struggled to get its hands on a new Cruiser, and ended up paying Delia Car Co. in East Aurora $10,000 above sticker price for one of them. Ten years ago this month, federal officials slammed the vehicle into a wall in a Cheektowaga facility, to see how well it would perform in a head-on crash.
The vehicle earned mixed results from the crash test, but it went on to win North American Car of the Year honors a few months later.
-- Matt Glynn