This week’s short story challenge

This week’s short story challenge is a photo I took of a 1934 Chrysler Airflow in Napier, New Zealand.

Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun. Of course the story can be about anything.

Chrysler Airflow in Napier, New Zealand.
Chrysler Airflow in Napier, New Zealand.

The Chrysler Airflow was the first ‘streamlined’ car – built to modernist 1930s styling, viewed as weird and radical when released, but heralding a ground-shift in vehicle design.

Napier was rebuilt in the 1930s to the latest modernist styles after a devastating earthquake that destroyed the town centre. The rebuild took deliberate inspiration from California – specifically, Santa Barbara. That ‘deco’ heritage is celebrated annually with a festival that brings over 40,000 people and up to 400 vintage cars to the city for a weekend of fun and frivolity.

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