Cars: My Car and Me!

Five driving tests and I was now legal on the road. My car is not just a means of transport it is also my best friend, does that sound stupid or what? Half of my life there has been one or two cars in the driveway and if there is none for whatever reason I am a total right off.

I worked hard for my first car,Hillman Hunter, all battered, supposed to be white though the rust made it rather colourful. I learnt to drive in it and also had a few knocks.....well you do when you are learning..there was no power steering and drove like a tank, and it was mine. My brother used to sit with me ,and in his pocket he carried a red pen not for taking notes ,oh no ,but for writing ouch! on the area that I had clipped, Nothing like advertizing the fact.

My next car , and the one that I passed my test in, was a Datsun 120Y a great little car , power steering the lot . The colour of it was like a mustardy tone and to me it was a sports car. It wasn't but compared to the Hunter ! enough said. My son was only a baby and with this car being a hatchback there was plenty of room to take the pram.

Upgrading , to a Datsun 160J ,a saloon, this will always be my favourite and I kept her for 10 years. we would go absolutely miles and rarely stopped for a drink. I remember a journey to London , she went all the way there and back without the oil cap on and lived to tell the tale. The engine was a mess but after a good clean up and tlc I was rewarded with several more years.

When I finally had to replace her , I looked at her sat beside the shiny silver Colt Golant and dreaded the day she would have to go. Choosing the car to drive it was always gonna be the 160 so I arranged for her to be picked up when I wasn't at home. ..R U Crying yet? caus I did , in some way I felt sad and lonely and the shiny Colt was no substitute.

It took me several months , and there she was, a big bus of a car and I wanted it. A Rover SDI V8 ,sitting and driving it well you could have been in an armchair. The speed and the power was phenomenal ,surprisingly fuel consumption was not that bad. I was with my new love and everything was hunky dory,that is until hubbie got his hands on it. Reversed it into a pole ,dented the back end severely and wrote it off . Just imagine my horror, I have never let him forget it!

The next few cars never really let me get attached and other than the model that is all I have to say:- Vauxhall Carlton..........Ford Cosworth...........Range Rover..that's that no comment.


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mondeo st24
mondeo st24

I had this next car for 10 years also , nothing major went wrong just the normal things -tyres brakes and soforth. This car Mondeo ST 24 was fast ,comfortable and where I went so did she..hubbie rarely had a look in, except maybe weekends and then only if we were going off somewhere, he's a terrible passenger so I let him get on with it. Sadness befell upon her ,her headgasket went and her radiator and she was very unwell, she died and it was upto me to put her in the car graveyard and then to find a replacement.

My current car

I decided to have her cousin , Mondeo TDCI in black , heck you certainly have to work on her to keep her looking clean. She goes well and is very comfortable, havent had her too long so not yet emotionally attached ,although I do find myself defending her when anyone dares to critisize her, so I suppose she too will pull the heart strings eventually.

I hope that you all can see what my car mean to me , they are an extension of myself and a part of my life. 

Schh!  Don't let the TDCI know but the car I want the most is pictured below :-

Ahhh one day     [Jaguar XJ 220]
Ahhh one day [Jaguar XJ 220]

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Lgali 7 years ago

very nice article I like this car tooA Jaguar XJ220


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thanks Lgali, I have a model which is probably the closest thing to it, doesn't stop us from dreaming though.


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Nothing stupid about your car being your best friend. In fact, the way you tell your story, you sound a lot like us Americans, we who have been having this romance with the car since there was a car. Before the car, the romance was with the horse. It has everything to do with freedom, independence, and wide open spaces.

My biggest love was my '68 Pontiac Firebird, silver with a black top. When I drove it, I felt like I was flying. And I almost did...but that's a long story. My current car, a black Mitsubishi Endeavor, tugged on my heart strings the moment I took the seat. If the fair winds keep blowing, she'll be with me for a long time.

Thanks for the fun read!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thanks Sal, I have seen the Endeavor, very nice car ,hope she is in your life for some time to come. Have fun


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

I have *no* problem understanding your attachment to your cars! Once had a Toyota that my kids named "Jo". Her one quirk - never any question that car was a "she" - she needed a hug every now and then just like us humans. She'd run without a whimper for months, then decide not to start. This sounds silly, but believe it or not I or whatever child was in the front seat would simply pat the dash a few times while saying "Nice Jo, nice car" and she'd start right up. Alas, after 8 years, she needed major surgery that might or might not prolong her life, so with heavy hearts, we let her go. Really miss that car.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

From a person who can give a car a personality and a heart , great article and I like the dream car.:)


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Silver Freak 7 years ago from The state of confusion

Loved the article a;most as much as I loved my 71 California Special Mustang. 2 yards of hood and 2" of trunk, but who cared! That car ran forever without any maintainence, just add oil every now and again, then fill up the tank once a month. We did everything, including put a bullet into the radiator and it kept going. The only real problem was when my stupid ex decided to take it out and try to hit a land speed record before checking the fluids. He blew the timing chain and stripped the gear. That's a good part of why he's an ex.

We all get attached to our cars at some point in our lives. It's a beautiful thing.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Jamagenee, I am so sorry to hear about 'Jo' it must have been very sad for you. My car even knows when someone else drives her, never performs quite as well until sure that I am behind the wheel again. haha

Aevans , glad you like the dream car, oneday I hope she sits at home with me.

Silver Freak, Ex's can be a pain in the butt can't they? hope your new car is your new love.


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Silver Freak 7 years ago from The state of confusion

Nah, but I have my eyes on this one particular minivan... lol


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Yes the dream and anticipation creates the love ,haha


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

My car is very poorly and ha had to go to the carpital, where the clutch needed a transplant. Sunday night she went in and I have been calling every day. Whilst on the operating table they found that the tracking arm was not very good so an amputation was necessary, thankfully a spare part was there soa prothsesis was fitted and hopefully all will be well.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

My car is home, it's fine and got through the surgery without incident.


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agvulpes 4 years ago from Australia

G'day Hawkesdream, it's great to see that there are car lovers all over the world. I am wondering if you still have your Mondeo and did it recover from the surgery?

btw we have that model here in Australia but it is not as popular as the Falcon.


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Hawkesdream 4 years ago from Cornwall Author

Hey Ag, yes I still have the mondeo. It is suffering a little from old age. Today it has just had a new shoe fitted. I knew it was necessary but tried to leave it as long as I could. The ice brought the decision forward.

What is the Falcon like? I will have to investigate.

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