Cars- Candy O 40th Anniversary- Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes 7-1

This next year’s model Candy O  from The Cars was so highly anticipated after that near flawless debut in 1978 that I actually interrupted my July 4th holiday vacation in Summer 1979 to hear it premiered on radio. First gear “Let’s Go” shifted smoothly into second with “Since I Held You” and “It’s All I Can Do”, “Candy O” piston-popping into third gear,”Got a Lot on My Head” poured on the power in fourth, and “Dangerous Type” put the hammer down with a Marc Bolan-esque chic that wouldn’t quit. Ric Ocasek and Greg Hawkes pull Candy O  out of the vintage Cars garage and take it for a spin here the week of July 1st. –Redbeard