I am not really a 'car guy' but I have been driving since 1973 and it occured to me that the automobiles that I have driven certainly reflect certain stages of my life.
My first vehicles were primarily used for getting me and a date or several friends (sometimes both) to and from Parties before, during or after High School Classes.
I started with a 1961 International that I dubbed the 'HUTTERITE VAGON',
The '66 Falcon 'SCHMALCON'
(3 on the tree.can't find 'em grind 'em),
Off to College in the '67 Bel Air known as The 'BOAT'
(replete with hanging lifejackets that I wore at the Beer Bashes),
The '69 'KING KONG' Kingswood
(memories of many sleepovers in the back and the sound of unconscious friends rolling around after Toga Parties)
The '69 Impala, 'VLAD THE IMPALER'
(0 to 60 in 3 par secs!)
Mom's Plush Toy was soo comfy that I rarely let her borrow it, the 'MONTY' Carlo
(ironically had the same name as my favorite bar)
The 'K-5IVE' Blazer
(Moonlight cruises with the back off, my summer lovin' had me a blast buying gas every day mobile)
(got married and more practical, my first front wheel drive)
The '84 Ford 'TORE ASS'
(Slammed it into ubiquity with the automobilius genericus of the 80s)
The Buick 'MOMMY MOBILE'
(the proverbial 2nd car for draggin' kids around)
The 'LANCELOT LINK*' Lincoln Continental
(The Pride mobile for Mr. Commercial Real Estate to impress clients while dressed in his *monkey suit)
The 'VETTE' as in Chevette not Corvette
(Post Divorce humble pie mobile..from $60,000 to ZERO in one car!
The perfect antidote for the pridemobile during my Anno Horribulus)
(A practical car for a Happy Newlywed and the favorite target for neighbourhood 14 year old little bastard thieves who wrote obscene things on the trunk and conducted weekly inspections)
The Sensational 7 seater Cara'VAN'!
With the arrival of RIDZ we can all go to Grandma's House in one trip.
I have no idea what my vehicular future holds for me but I have such mixed emotions when I review the list:
Fun trips to California,
Bad trips to the Hospital,
Repairs, repairs, and more repairs
Make out sessions,
Rushing to school or work,
Cold starts on freezing Winter mornings,
Driving around with the Air Conditioning on full to cool off in the Summer,
Transporting a huge wet tired filthy Jack from a BIG WALK at a distant Park
Picking up or dropping off relatives and friends at the Airport,
and of course driving kids to
Sleepovers, Birthday Parties, Soccer, Baseball, Karate, Dance, Gymnastics, Kick Boxing, Singing Lessons, Skating, to the Lake...
If YOU had to choose a favorite vehicle would it be from a carefree bygone era, a luxurious status symbol, or simply the most reliable?