Cars I have known, my first car and car troubles

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Cars I have known, my first car and car troubles

The History of Cars in my family.(1954- 1963)

By way of background, when I grew up my dad did not have a car. (In fact nor did my Mom). My grandparent’s did not have cars and very few of my immediate family had cars. This was in the 50’s when I was about seven and cars were pretty much a rarity. We travelled by Tram and train. At that time my mom’s favorite records (yes vinyl!) were “The Ballad of Davy Crockett" ("Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier"). "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley & His Comets as well as various songs by Pat Boone, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. Not to mention “Butterfly” by Guy Mitchell. I was going to

Primary school at that time and I used to walk to school. My Dad used to walk to work. Two car families did not exist in fact one car families did not exist in fact in our circle there were no car families. Most houses did not have garage or best had a single garage, which served as workroom cum storeroom.

M y Dad then decided that walking was the pits and bought a bicycle. This then gave way to a Motorcycle (a Puch 250cc). This lasted until he and my mom came off the “murdercycle”. Both were scratched, battered and bruised. Dad was now determined to by a car as this was “much safer” than a motor cycle.

The Lloyd.

His love of motorcycles must have influenced his choice as he bought a water cooled Lloyd from the Borgward family of motor cars.

He later bought a Volkswagen beetle, a Renault  and finally an Opel Sedan from the period !957 thru 1963. These were always used cars.

The Lloyd was a great car trouble free and went on the smell of an oil rag.

The Volkswagen was involved in an accident as he took it out of the showroom; a car collided with him as he was emerging from the dealership onto the street. The Renault was an aberration. Not only was it a French car in the line of (normally) German cars owned by my Dad. It also broke down repeatedly, overheating and getting “stuck” on the road every time we did a long trip.

The Road trip

I should explain here that every time Dad bought a new car, we would put it through it’s paces by by visiting My Uncle Aunt  and cousins who were always resident on some mine in the Free State (Allanridge) or the Western Transvaal (Stilfontein, Orkney or Klerksdorp). So the trip was always arranged after taking delivery of the vehicle in question. I am not sure if the trip was to test the vehicle or to get the admiring ooh’s and aah’s from my Uncle and cousins?

The first new car

In 1963 I was in Matric (graduation year for my American friends). My Dad bought his first new car. It was an Opel Kadette Station Wagon (another German Car). It was an ivory colour (a sort of off white). It was also the year the Beatles released “Please please me” and "Ask Me Why”. Patsy Cline dies in an air crash. The James Bond movie Dr No is released. Pope John XXIII dies. Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space. Kim Philby escapes to Russia. Christine Keeler scandal erupts. The great train robbery takes place. John F Kennedy is assassinated. Songs I remember include, Skeeter Davis “The end of the world”, “Walk like a man”, Rhythm Of The Rain by the Cascades, I Will Follow Him, by Little Peggy March and “forty days” (the universal army song).

The next new Car 1965.

Dad decide that he needed a newer car, Consumerism had begun it’s rise and “everyone” bought a new car every two years. Dad decided to buy an Opel Record L (for luxury). I was in the Air force doing national service. My dad bought the car directly from the Factory in Port Elizabeth and my Mom, brother and Dad flew to PE to take delivery of the car. This was a great adventure for them. The obligatory road trip was a given, as they had to bring the car home to Johannesburg. They also decided to go home via Durban as I was stationed at 5 Squadron in Durban at the time and we met and stayed in the grand brand new “4 Seasons hotel” for a few days. I had managed to finagle some leave at that time too. We had  a great time. But all the while dad had this funny quirky smile. I thought it was just because of his new car.

 

My first car

I assumed that Dad had traded the Kadette in on the new car but unbeknown to me he had not. He had arranged garaging for the car at home.

After my stint in Durban, I had to return to Pretoria for the last weeks of my military training. On my first weekend back in Pretoria, I returned home for a weekend and when I returned home, Dad said we should all go for a drive. We drove down the road to a lock up garage. I wondered what was going on. He opened the garage and there to my surprise stood the Kadette. He handed me the keys and said:

“Now you don’t have to hitch hike (thumb a ride) back and forth to your camp in Pretoria!”

I really loved my Dad so much and at that moment I thought my heart would burst in my chest. My Dad had waited a long time for his first car. I got mine soon after I had turned 18 and was legally allowed to drive!

The songs in my heart and when I drove that car ,were, Satisfaction by the Stones, Help me Ronda, Unchained melody, Tambourine Man, Ferry cross the Mersey, What's New Pussycat?, Tom Jones, Eve Of Destruction, Barry McGuire, Hang on Sloopy , McCoys  Ticket To Ride, The Beatles.

 

By the way, apart from a collapsed left front suspension (caused by my grand prix style of driving), that car hardly gave me any troubles!

 

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31 comments

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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Aww you must have had a super Dad Sixty to do that for you. I remember my Gran telling me she never had a car either and she ran smack into another cyclist one night, iy knocked all her front teeth out, I always remember that, it is great to see you back in action tiger. Growl. (hugs and kisses)


ralwus 7 years ago

This was a very interesting ride you took me on SOS. I enjoyed it very much. Many of those cars were unknown to me until many years later. We always had a car of some sort, even before my birth in '50. But we lived in pretty rough country and I do remember when they started constructing our freeways here for the first time. thanks


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Debs thanks for stopping by It's nice to know that I can evoke long forgotten memories. I am keen to write again. The drought is over! I hope.

PS I got some soft shelled crabs and prawns (frozen of course) and I am going to do a seafood curry over the weekend.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

ralwus (charlie) You gave me some memories too! I also remember our freeways being built in the late fifties or early sixties. Now we are expanding and widening them in time for the 2010 Soccer World cup. Thanks for stopping by. It is grat to get comments and feedback.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Omg you have done it now Sixty aghhhh, you just had to mention the prawns, now I am sitting here drooling at the mouth, oh I bet you are a good cook too .....


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Yes I have been told that I am! So drool away baby!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

I will come for dinner one night and wear my boots as a token for my appreciation of your prawns ROFL


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

I am speechless hubba hubba (pun intended). And , of course, you are most welcome!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

I am numb Sixty am still drooling the bucket is half full already


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Hey Sixty! Good drive down memory lane. My first car was a yellow volkswagen beetle that someone had put a v8 carb in. Jeez was it heavy on petrol and what a noise it made! You could hear me coming!


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

The numb part is ok for starters but you will have to liven up. Stop drooling so that we start on the Merlot.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Cindy I put an Abarth free flow exhaust on my Kadette!. I had a cool car. the favourites at that time were yellow Anglias, VW beetles and white Fiat 1500 's(for the larney folks). Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Okay, am off to get dancing and drinking at a goodbye party!


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Great Have fun, enjoy yourself  and have a few toots for us too!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Will do, got a bottle of Two Oceans that you can buy at the metro here. You watching the rugby tomorrow? I hope springboks are gonna flatten the lions! Just did a hub on rugby lol


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R. Blue 7 years ago from Right here

Sixty....funny how we remember time by the cars we had and the songs that were on the radio....very nice hub.


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

I liked the co-relation with the music of the period too! :)


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Well done! in the 70s I had a friend who had a car with bucket seats. He met a girl he wanted to date, His dad was furious!!! "No son of mine is going to date girls in a car with bucket seats!" So he bought him an old galaxy with a bench front seat. Now there's a good dad!!! (No it wasn't me who dated him..sheesh)


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raiderfan 7 years ago from Arizona

dude that was a long long time ago, but cool read man.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Cindy Two Oceans it is. Yes I will be watching Rugby Go bokke go!


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Bluey I guess as you get older, your memories tend to drift back and my hubs seem to take on a personna of their own!


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Feline Profit thanks for stopping by and relating to the music!


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Candie V Some dad that, a Galaxy has great possibilities., front or back seat would do fine!


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Raiderfan it does not seem so long ago but I am glad you enjoyed the read!

@All thanks for stopping by and commenting, much appreciated as lways.


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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

What a wonderful dad! Ouch on that grandprix style of driving that collapsed the left suspension. A shame the car that kept breaking down on road trips last year hasn't been as reliable as the Kadette!


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

JamaGenee  Aint that a sad commrntary on the motor industry today! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, much appreciated.

Yes, my Dad in his own quiet way was a great man.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Badco Thanks for your kind words. Now that I am getting going I've done another on cartoons!


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

Shame about the Renault :(

It must be amazing to see by yourself how much things have changed in a relatively short time, from no almost no cars to the horror traffic jams that we have now. Sometimes I think that life was simpler and easier in the past. Like for example, people took the time to walk places, talk to their neighbours on the way, see things. Now people just climb up in their cars and no one cares about anyone else. But I am just getting off the subject here...

Always a pleasure to read you.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Princessa Au Contraire I think you are right on the money. we tend to forget how much things have changed!

I am so pleased that you enjoy my hubs. It is always great to get feedback. That, to me, is the most important element of hub pages for us dabblers. This is what was lost during the hub challenge.instant feedback is so gratifying!


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

A nice read there Sixty, great memories of wheels getting lost and car sitting on a grass island. Thanks.


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa Author

Yes sometimes old times are good times. Thanks for stopping by.

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