I like cars. Nice cars, old cars, cars that I cannot afford. I would dearly love to own a Ferrari one day – though I admit the likelihood of such a thing is minimal to non-existent. That being said, I still enjoy watching Top Gear and seeing the exquisite offerings from Audi, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc…
A guy can dream.
I learned to drive in my father’s vehicles – a 1984 Dodge Ram and his 3 mile long Lincoln Town Car. The truck was more fun to drive, but the Lincoln handled better (though you always felt like you were driving an aircraft carrier). When I got my license at 17 (I wasn’t in any hurry), I generally drove the truck around. It was big, got horrible mileage, and was entirely more vehicle than I needed to get to work and school.
I loved it.
Sadly, I had an accident in it my first year at college and the truck died shortly thereafter. Amazingly, my parents took me off to the Airport Motor Mile here in Knoxville to look at cars. While the prospect of a new car was, of course, welcome I was a bit downcast when I realized we were looking at Geos. If you have never seen one, nor heard of one, they were a budget brand created by Chevy in the early ’90’s. They would get you around, but you were not going to look good doing it. My contribution to the cause was requesting the 4 door model versus the 2.
In all fairness to my folks, having killed the truck I am still thankful they were willing to buy me a new car – albeit a decidedly unglamorous one.
I drove that sucker for 8 years. Continue reading →