As a small boy, I became very interested in cars.

It may have been inspired by my Uncle Jim, a mechanic, who gave me toy Edsels for my birthday every year. In that time, all new cars were introduced in the fall. This built up anticipation for new models that changed every year or two.

There was a parking lot car show every fall at the shopping center on Maverick Street in Rockland. All local dealers brought their new cars to display — including colorful brochures in the back seats.

I would get in most of them and look around in wonder.

In 1962, my father took us there in a brand new white Ford Falcon. I was hooked on car shows ever since.

Two years later, the Beatles would make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, Feb. 9, 1964. It literally rocked the world of music and pop culture.

Later in 1964, Lee Iacocca convinced the board room at Ford, to take a chance on a sporty car built on the already on hand chassis of the Ford Falcon. Introduced halfway through 1964, the Mustang would sell 212,538 copies.

In 1965, the first full year of production, 559,451 units would be sold. Today, only the F-150 Pickups can top those numbers.

The first Mustang I was able to crawl inside was a black Fastback with red interior, bucket seats and 4-speed floor shift.

Game on.

It would take Chevrolet two years to answer with the Camaro in 1967. By the end of the 1960s all brands had to have a “Pony Car.” Cougars, Barracudas, Challengers, Firebirds and Javelins filled out the coral. A whole new genre of automobile was born from very humble beginnings.

Today, Beatles and Mustangs are true classics, ready to be discovered by new generations.