Back around the turn of the Twentieth Century shortly after cars were invented, just about all of them had running boards—you know, those flat things extending between the front and rear fenders on each side of the car. Since cars in those days were big and pretty high off the ground, running boards helped folks climb into their cars. However, as auto design progressed and cars became lower, car designers thought they had a great idea and began to eliminate running boards, until by the late 1930s and early 1040s they had disappeared altogether.
Well, running boards served many purposes other than just assisting the entry to and exit from the car, and in the designer’s haste to abandon the running boards, those other purposes fell by the wayside. We think that the myriad other uses of running boards, some of which are noted in our list, require auto manufacturers rethink their abandonment and unleash creative auto designers to bring them back into fashion.