Words for Wednesday: cars, cars, cars

blogIMG_1274I grew up enjoying cars and car rides. My father traveled daily by car around his multi-county territory for his job as a newspaper circulation supervisor. No company cars provided, he used our family vehicle which tallied a lot of miles on our car in a year. So Dad almost always traded our car in for a sparkling new one every two years.

It was always exhilarating when Dad arrived home from work one day driving a brand new car up our driveway. Immediately, we would hop in for a ride in the new one and I so vividly remember that “new car smell.”

Dad liked cars and he even kept a list of all the cars he ever owned which we found shortly after he passed away at the age of 90. That list was fairly long!

Papa and I certainly don’t adhere to the two-year trade-in routine that my father did during his working career. Instead, we hang on to our vehicles as long as possible – even 10-12 years. But no other purchases quite beat the excitement of obtaining a new car or a new to you car for me. 

The car I enjoyed owning the most was a new 1981 Audi 5000 that hubby and I purchased when he was still a military officer. Boy, that car was fun to drive! Now, I’m just happy with our all-wheel drive Subaru Foresters that easily transport us up a wind-blown, drifted shut, snowy driveway every winter.

Yesterday I posted about a classic car show, our brother-in-law, Papa, and I attended in Arizona when we were visiting there.

It was a fun blast from the past and just in case you enjoy a walk down memory lane like I do, I’m posting some more photos I took there.

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And last but not least, one of my personal favorites – traveling with God’s Holy Word in the front seat.

blogIMG_1230“People who, like me, grew up in the 1950s and 1960s after World War II, grew up with cars.” ~ Martin Winterkorn (former Volkswagen AG Chairman)

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8 responses

  1. Well, you know this is right up my alley! For a few years, our local Lions Club held a classic car show every other week during the summer on our lot where our shop is located. I’m hoping they’ll bring that back one day – it was fun! A dee-jay played oldies, there was a little mobile concession stand, everyone walked around chatting, enjoying the music and those cars!

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  2. My husband and I usually attend several area car shows in the summer; I guess that’s another thing we won’t be doing this year. I love looking at cars from the 50s and early 60s, because they remind me of my childhood. Dad never bought a new car but even a ‘new’ used car was an exciting purchase in our household. My husband was a ‘go-fast’ fanatic in the late 70s and early 80s; he’d buy a car, rebuild and tune the engine and go racing. He seriously regrets all the now-collectible cars he sold during that era (always with an eye to buying something else). I’ve always kept my cars for as long as possible, maintaining them according to the user’s manual (my husband is a licensed mechanic, among other things, so he takes care of pretty much all the work these days). I bought a brand new Mustang in 2006 (a not-a-Mom-car) and hung onto it when we moved to the country (its now my summer driver), adding an AWD Subaru to my ‘fleet’ for winter driving (and granddaughter-ferrying-around). My husband has become a dedicated pick up truck guy (because you can do so much with one). Still, we love wandering around looking at the cars from our past and wondering about ‘what could have been’ if we’d hung on to some of them (I had a 1975 Firebird when I was young that is now VERY RARE; I had to sell in it 1982 because I couldn’t get the child car seat into the back. SIGH!)

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    • Oh wow, I enjoyed your comment so much, Margo! Yes, looking at those old cars reminds us so much of our childhood and brings back so many memories. I love that you still have your 2006 Mustang (SO not a mom car!). We are on our third AWD Subaru and probably will be getting rid of our oldest one for a new one in the near future. Can’t beat them for snowy days.

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