8-Track Swap Meet


Footage (which would, in fairness, have been geeky and recondite even at the time) of a 1991 meeting of 8-track aficionados, including obligatory Eric Estrada fangirl and 8-track auteur Russ Furster at Delilah’s of Chicago.

The 8-track format was popular from the 1960s to the early 1980s, when it was replaced by cassette tapes.

You know, cassette tapes.

Rattle, rattle. Where the ribbon used to get snagged on the yoke and you had to stick in a pencil and wind the…

Never mind.


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11 thoughts on “8-Track Swap Meet

  1. The Old Boy

    “The 8-track format was popular”…

    The 8-track format was never popular. They were usually found in Capris with vinyl roofs and CB radio whip antennas.

      1. The Old Boy

        “Like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend.”

        I jest – probably the nicest car an 8-track deck was ever fitted to, on this side of the Atlantic at least. I’m sure it brought you many happy hours of trying to dry out the distributor cap with WD40.

        1. Mickey Twopints

          Well, it was 1970s Italian – “high maintenance” doesn’t even begin to describe it. I swear you could actually hear the rust forming. No wonder there’s hardly any of them still around.

    1. scottser

      my old man had a cortina with an 8 track player. it had two cartridges; elvis and charlie pride. needless to say i got pretty sick of those two at a very early age.

      1. The Old Boy

        I’ve been doing a bit of reading about this. There was one company that imported the decks into Europe from the US for two or three years in the early 70s but it never caught on, which would seem to be the cause of people’s memories of only ever having one or two cartridges.

      2. Slightly Bemused

        My dad had a Cortina too, but no 8 track. Radio was his portable ‘wireless’ which was propped on the dash with the antenna up the middle of the windscreen, giving it an old-timey look to us in our younger days :)

        Front bench seat and column gears. Have not been able to find a similar model on DoneDeal :(

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