Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cars

I don't know why, but I've always loved cars. I'm not a fanatic; I don't know the make and model of every car I see, but I know what I like and I have my favorites. Like this:


or this:

Anyway. I was thinking the other day about how much cars have changed just since I've been driving. For example, this was my first car:


Of course, my car didn't quite look as nice as that one but I also got to drive this baby around:


This was my boyfriend's car and since he didn't have a license, guess who got to drive? His was a shade lighter than the blue curtains above and in mint condition - unlike my poor Impala. I've also driven some not so memorable cars like the Toyota Carina (which no one has ever heard of):


I learned to drive a standard on that car. And then there was the  Ford Escort Wagon:



OMG, can you say ugly? Add unreliable. I hated that car. But after that I got my one and only brand spanking new vehicle: an F-150.




That isn't my truck, but it looks exactly like it, right down to the color. Man, I loved that truck, washed it every weekend, inside and out...*sigh*

Anyway. One of my next cars was a 1984 Bonneville, which was a horrible gas guzzler to boot, but actually one of the best purchases I ever made. $1400 and I hardly put any money into it AND it never left me stranded.


The S-10 Blazer I had was another great car, and 4-wheel drive, which is a great thing to have here in Maine as you might imagine.



After that I had a horrible Dodge equivalent that spent more time in the shop than on the road after which I bought a more reliable vehicle, which I still drive today, my ever faithful Toyota Rav4:





Mine is a dark red and like my Bonneville, has never left me stranded. She is getting old, though...


But let's not dwell on sad things. Instead, we'll end on a happy note, with pictures of the two cars I'd like to have sitting in my driveway.


2010 F-150



1967 Shelby gt500

My heart is fluttering just thinking of it.



Do you like cars?



30 comments:

  1. I believe a 67 Shelby was just on Pawn Stars.
    I'm not a car nut either, but between shows like Top Gear (British version, not the lame American version) and Counting Cars, I'm more into them. I can appreciate a restored classic, although for me, I need a more modern sports car. And yes, I do drive mine really, really fast...

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    1. I love Top Gear - what a fun show!

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  2. Wow! You do love cars and have had a lot of them. The Toyota you have now looks good. I'd like to get a Corolla when I buy my next car.

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    1. Yeah, that's not my Toyota rav4; mine looks a little worse for wear, but considering it's 15 years old it still looks pretty darn good :)

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  3. Wow, washed it inside and out, every weekend. You really did love that truck. Cool beans.

    I always wanted a truck but never got one. Happy Wednesday.

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    1. I did love that truck - it was awesome and fun to drive :)

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  4. My first car was an old Volkswagon Bug. I only knew how to drive a stick-shift until I was in my twenties. Now I drive a twelve-year-old Outback that I'm forced to share with my teenaged son. I guess cars aren't a priority to me. I just need to get from here to there. :)

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    1. I wouldn't say cars are a priority but I will say if I had the disposable income I'd sure like to have one I loved to drive around.

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  5. The funny thing is, if you bought that last one, you would have gone full circle with your cars--back to 1967!

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    1. Yeah - if I could ever afford a Shelby!

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  6. I do like cars. Cars speak heavily to the personality of the driver and is one of many things I consider carefully when writing.

    My first car was Honda Civic back when they still made it with a choke.

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    1. My Carina had a choke! I remember it not starting a few times and having to use a screwdriver to keep the choke open. Fun times.

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  7. I like having a reliable car and take good car of them. I currently drive a Ford Escape because we need 4 wheel drive in my part of the country too. We're pretty much a Ford family.

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    1. My dad was a Ford guy so that's probably why I like Ford trucks. My best cars have been the reliable ones.

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  8. Hey, I had a Blazer too! Loved that thing. Admittedly, I'm not huge into cars. I like that they get me around, but beyond being comfortable and reliable, I don't really care what it looks like. Actually, I do like having a ghetto car for when I make trips to poorer neighborhoods. Nothing like blending in. (She says after having lived in NYC...)

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    1. I loved my Blazer, too - what a great car!

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  9. Very pretty cars! I'm afraid that's all I can say on the subject: pretty.

    To tell you what kind of car I drive, I'd have to run out and check what it says on the side. I know it's a Toyota, but I forget what kind. I recognize my car in a parking lot by the ski rack on top. Once, when my husband took the ski rack off to repair it, I drove my car shopping and then couldn't find it when I came out of the store.

    No lie. I think I'm car blind.

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    1. You don't even know the model of your car? Now that's sad. lol.

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  10. I'm so not a car expert. You've sure had your share. I've owned 2 cars my whole life. I think it's about time to make that 3 (soon!).

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    1. Yeah, my Rav4 is on it's last legs, mainly due to rust. The engine is still strong but the underbody...

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  11. I do like cars! Though I am horrible w/names. And that Shelby GT is niiice! My fav cars are SUVs. I like the room and I like sitting up higher. Don't think I'll ever go back to a car just for that last reason.

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    1. I agree. That's why I like driving a truck.

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  12. they're all too big for my taste. I prefer the smallest of cars :) I drive the sweetest lil' Ford Ka

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    1. I wouldn't mind a small car except driving in the snow in one can be risky.

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  13. Holy crap that's a lot of cars. From when I was 16 to when I was 33, I only owned 3 cars, all Buicks ('68 Riviera, '75 Electra named Valkyrie, and an '85 Regal), and I loved them. Yes, we do get attached to our metal steeds, don't we?

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  14. Don't even get me started on cars, because I might never shut up! And believe it or not, I have heard of the Toyota Carina, which soldiered on outside of the North American market all the way until 2000.

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  15. I'm not a car lover but I do love my VW beetle. IT reminds me of my first car- a powder blue 67 VW bug and I drove it all over town. Good memories so I was pretty thrilled to get the little convertible yellow beetle now. It's almost, almost worth having a car paymor for.

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  16. I can’t blame you for loving cars. It is one luxury that leaves the best memories in anyone’s life. No one could forget the beauty of their first car. And I’m glad to read that you had a fair share fun with your previous cars. For sure, you’ll have the same fun with the car you’ll buy next.

    Diane Wilson @ Fletcher Chrysler

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