Pat Shingleton: "Hanging onto the Bumper..."
In South Louisiana, car-hopping occurred at Hopper's or Sonic as "car hops" delivered the burgers, fries and shakes. Car hopping in Pennsylvania occurred after a heavy snow. Our favorite jump-on spot was Pete Pavlovic's Store. With a half-foot of snow on Brighton Road and without traction, cars would spin across the icy, snow-covered road, struggling to make it up the grade. Hiding behind the store we would wait for the right moment to "hop the cars" by grasping the rear car bumper then gliding down the road for at least forty yards as our boots created a snow wake. The next day, at school, fellow car-hoppers had gigantic head bruises. A few dry spots, on the road, are where our boots stopped sliding and our heads met the trunk of the car.
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