The Car: THE CAR

Automotive Mourning

There are drive-in movies, restaurants, laundries, banks and even churches—so why not a drive-in funeral home? Atlanta Mortician Hirschel Thornton, 49, will open one this week. The world's first monument to automotive mourning consists of five picture-windowed viewing rooms frontin on a curved, gravel driveway. So that drive-in mourners will not have to peer through rain-streaked windows, Thornton has covered the driveway with a roof. Another thoughtful touch: the windows reach almost to the ground, enabling passengers in even the lowest-slung foreign sports cars to get a good look without having to crane their necks unduly.

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