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From pedal cars to dream cars

Updated on September 9, 2014

I owned my first car at age 3

If you have a 3 or 4 year old child, they would be thrilled if you were to buy them their very first car as a birthday or holiday gift. Not a full-sized Mustang, but a really cute pedal car like the one I'm driving here.

Now if you have a preteen, plan on seeing their eyes pop out of their sockets when you give them a brand new go kart on Christmas morning. I know when I walked into our living room on Christmas morning, and saw my Dingo Dune Buggy under the Christmas tree, I nearly fainted! I was about 12 at the time.

I have always loved cars. My love of them started when I was 3 years old and got this cool little pedal car from my father for my third birthday. I think it has something to do with where they can take you.

My first actual car was a 1988 Chrysler Lebaron. It would constantly be stalling on me whenever I'd go anywhere.

My second car was much nicer. It was a brand new Ford Escort ZX2. And boy did I drive that thing into the ground. I would constantly have to drive about 2 hours back and forth from school in Gainesville, Florida. My third car was a 1998 Honda Civic hand-me-down from my mother (which I eventually totaled). And my latest (and favorite) car was a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. I stopped growing at 6 foot 1 inches, and the Grand Prix was the only car that ever actually fit me. My dream car, however, is a Ford Mustang.

[The photo was taken by my mom.]

My birthday gift pedal car
My birthday gift pedal car

I got my first car when I was 3 years old

Man, I loved that car... actually it was a truck!

I really loved this little truck. When I first got it I couldn't even reach the pedals! I looked like a miniature Barney Rubble, using my feet to power it.

My dad gave me this truck for my third birthday. And man did I love that thing! Living in Florida I could drive my little truck every day. And I did.

About 10 years later my dad also gave me a Dingo dune buggy for Christmas. Cars really are some of the perfect gifts to give to boys. Girls must like them too, judging from some of the pink cars and accessories I've seen around.

[My babysitter took this picture.]

So many choices... the kids today are very lucky! - There weren't as many pedal car varieties almost 30 years ago...

InStep Police Pedal Car
InStep Police Pedal Car

For kids under 70 pounds, this is a sturdy car with a working steering wheel.

The reviews are worth reading, to see if it'll work for you. For example, one parent thought it didn't go fast enough, because it was a little heavy. Other parents liked the sturdiness and weight.

Cool gift for children of police officers.

 
Fisher-Price Power Wheels Ford Mustang
Fisher-Price Power Wheels Ford Mustang

If this had been available when I was 3... I'd have been in heaven.

Guess what my own kid's going to get... when the time comes?

I don't have my own Mustang yet, but my Mustang Pinterest board has a gazillion followers. This is one popular automobile.

 

Here's a cute pink car with pedals (not battery-powered)

Now that Danica Patrick has paved the way for professional women race car drivers, young ladies who love cars have a role model to build on.

This car is made for a 3-4 year old.

InStep Pink Lady Pedal Car
InStep Pink Lady Pedal Car

This is a cute pedal car.

 

When I was in middle school, my dad took me to Daytona International Speedway

He was testing out this product with some of the drivers. What it was supposed to do was cool down the cars while the race was going on. It was an aerosol spray that when sprayed would immediately cool down whatever it was sprayed on. While we were there we also saw Ernie Irvan. My dad walked up to him (while he was in his car about to qualify for the Pepsi 400) and said that his son was a big fan of him. And he waved at me! I got a photo of it, but it has sadly been lost for years.

Pedal Power NASCAR Vehicles-Dale Earnhardt #3
Pedal Power NASCAR Vehicles-Dale Earnhardt #3

My dad and I would always watch NASCAR together on the weekends. One of his favorite drivers was Dale Earnhardt. My first boy would definitely be receiving this for Christmas!

 

I loved anything with wheels! - Here's me driving a tractor

Me driving a tractor!
Me driving a tractor!

Would you buy a pedal car for your child or grandchild?

Would you buy a pedal car for your child or grandchild?

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When I was 12, my dad got me a really cool Dingo dune buggy for Christmas

Power Wheels Dune Racer, Green
Power Wheels Dune Racer, Green

We lived in a subdivision that was surrounded by woods. In those woods were some old logging roads. I would always go and drive my dune buggy on them. It was fun! The best childhood a boy could have.

 

Here's me in my dingo dune buggy

Here's me in my dingo dune buggy
Here's me in my dingo dune buggy

You can find great deals on go karts at eBay

eBay has so many choices... just head over there and enter your search words. Go kart heaven.

What age do you think is appropriate for kids to get their first go kart?

What say you?

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In my college years I graduated to a Ford ZX2 - ...which I quickly outgrew when I hit 6 feet 1 inches

My black Ford Escort ZX2
My black Ford Escort ZX2

A friend of mine, Andre Frattino, who I used to work with painted this of me.

Ford Mustang parking only sign
Ford Mustang parking only sign

The car of my dreams... a Ford Mustang

I think my love of Mustangs started when I was a kid in middle school, and my father leased a brand new red Ford Mustang.

It was a stick shift, and he actually would let me drive it on the private roads in our subdivision. Alright, maybe "drive it" is a bit of an exaggeration. What he'd let me do is shift the car. I have loved Mustangs ever since.

Then when I was in high school, my cousin got a Mustang from the 60's! I think it was a '67 or a '68. I still remember when I bought my Ford ZX2 and the saleswoman said to me "You'll like it. It's a Mustang." And all I could think of was: "No, it's not!"

I am constantly visualizing myself driving down the street, in my brand new Kona Blue Ford Mustang. I am kind of hoping that by publishing this Squidoo lens, it will let the universe know that I am now ready for the car of my dreams!

[Photo credit: Amazon]

Check out this video of a Shelby Mustang GT500 pushing 200mph!

I want one of these so bad. If you've ever seen the movie "Gone in 60 Seconds" I'm sure you'll remember Eleanor, who was a 1967 Shelby. This is the fastest Mustang ever built! This bad boy has 662 horsepower.

Thanks for visiting! Please leave me a comment if you'd like. What's your dream car?

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      John Norman Stewart 4 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      A Bugatti Royal.....:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Anything that runs well. I have kids so it's all about practicality at this point.

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      A great lens with lot of flashback inputs on cars.

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      SecondHandJoe LM 4 years ago

      A new Lamborghini Aventador- sans payments!!!

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      Nicely done. I enjoyed the photos. Blessings!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      One that doesn't break the bank when I fill it with fuel.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      My eldest son had one when he was about 3, too and he also really loved it! My dream car is a stylish eco-friendly car!!! (But I really love Lexus).

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Love the new GT500.

      Our little guy LOVES cars, so one of these would be awesome.

      This reminds me of Hammond when he was hypnotized, that was the funniest episode.

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      My dream car is Mercedes-Benz.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      My dream car is anything that will get a heavy load up a rocky hill so I can sit quietly at fish camp for at least a couple of weeks. Thanks for asking. d

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I love the new Fiat cars. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      Real cool lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A baby blue Porsche 911 convertible. My husband has a Mustang race car - he is a car nut also as are all my kids. I enjoyed your story - congratulations on LOTD and a blessing from me.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      My dream car is a Checker Marathon. Or maybe just a tank. I like to feel safe!

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I've never had a dream car, but that Mustang sure looks nice! Congratulations on LotD!!

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      Ashly Rain 5 years ago

      So much fun....my daughter loves plasma cars!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      I'm not actually crazy about cars, but my daughter is. I think, somehow, the male genetics of my birth family passed through me to her. Cars have been a part of my life since I was born but I never quite bought into their value. From the day my daughter was born she has been car crazy. She is now 15 and drools over old cars. They don't even have to be in good shape. She loves their design. She is learning how to drive and doesn't show any signs of being a speed demon, but I know she will love looking at this article. You have done a great job of helping me remember all of the stages of her car love. Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I owned a 1967 Mustang in 1967. It was Diamond Green which I didn't think was green at all .. just a slight tint of green. It was beautiful! When we started our family we traded the Mustang in for a more "sensible" car. I wish that I had it now .. and as my dad used to say. "I'd sell it." :) Now I want a solar car (maybe one that flys.)

      I love your sense of humor. Angel blessings!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens. Congratulations for LotD and purple star. Thanks for sharing an interesting lens. Blessed.

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      BowWowBear 5 years ago

      I love orphan cars. Subaru SVX, VW Eurovan, VW things. Cars just a little oustside the box. Thanks for sharing a fun lens with us!

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      A Lincoln Navigator that's good on gas...I'll be waiting for awhile for them to invent one! Fun lens with great photos! Sending an Angel Blessing your way. :)

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      My dream car? One that runs on solar energy. This was fun. I remember riding in these cars. I always thought it was what you needed to do to learn to ride a bicycle! Blessings!

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      jaclocla3 5 years ago

      I really like the new Camaro.

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      kgdunst 5 years ago

      Cute lens! Boys and girls love pedal cars! My son has one, i used to have one and dad still keeping his! Pedal cars rocks ;)

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      ikrave 5 years ago

      Great Lens!! I had a 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo and I miss it!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I still miss my 1953 Ford. Honest. Congratulations on getting LoTD and the Purple Star!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You brought back many good memories for me with this peddles cars lens. Thank you for that. -- Congratulations on a well deserved LotD. -- Blessed!

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. I worked on cars for so many years that I really do not have a dream car anymore....lol. But when I was younger I used to always love the 1973 Holden Monaro Coupe.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD and really cute childhood photos.

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      congrats on the LOTD...and MY dream car?...just see some of my lenses :):):)

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      Great Lens brings back memories. My favorite car was my 1998 Mustang GT white with black leather interior.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Congrats on winning your feature on this article! You are a very engaging writer and I loved seeing you with your early cars. :) Blessings!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Yesterday I squid-liked this lens and today you win LOTD. Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD)!!!

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Really fun lens to follow your love of cars from the first pedal car until today. My husband drove an Acura NSX while we were dating, and I'd love to have another someday as a 'just for fun' car. Realistic? No, but it's fun to dream. My realistic dream car would be a tricked out Toyota Sienna. Very mom-ish, but they're really nice inside.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @SusanDeppner: Note: Yes, the wireless Mustang mouse comes in red! Think he'll be happy with that? :)

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Love the progression! My husband has decided it's time for a midlife crisis (it's probably a "senior moment," but I digress) and wants a red Mustang. Wonder if that mouse comes in red. . . Congratulations on your LOTD!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Mustangs were fun, but I still loved my Z-228 Camaro. Best car I ever owned.

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! When I was still a kid, I love driving those toy cars. I enjoy reading your lens, thanks!

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      Sharon Stajda 5 years ago from Shelby Township Michigan

      Great lens, congratulations on making "Len Of The day". My husband and I gave into a long time dream, and purchased our dream car, A mint condition 1977 black with red interior vet. We had a ball at this years Woodward Dream Cruise.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD.

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      Excellent article! And, you do NOT suck at writing these things. That was very interesting. I look forward to more of your creations!

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      My dream car is the Jeep Renegade driven by Jeffrey Meek in the old CBS show "Raven." Congrats on Lens of the Day!

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      Pete Schultz 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD, I am partial to Chevrolet Monte Carlos, but I also like the new Dodge models that copy the look of the 70's era muscle cars. I do have to admit a new Mustang convertible would also be on my dream list.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Graduated HS in 1965 and a few of my friends got '65 mustangs for graduation - I did not! Always loved those cars :>) ~~~Blessed~~~

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      When younger I would have said a red Ferrari, but now I have a 5.3 litre Chevrolet Silverado crew cab, and I have driven in Mercedes, Volvos, BMW's, Jaguars and even Rolls Royce's and bang for the buck the Silverado is the best ride, and the safest, much cheaper on insurance too!

      Surprisingly it out accelerates nearly everything has all wheel drive full off road capability, stabilitrack and can tow 9,500 lbs if I want it too. It also gets 31mpg on the highway, and has separate climate control for the driver and front seat passenger sides. It is way more versatile than any car and we often use it for trips in preference to the alternative vehicle a GMC Terrain, which is also an amazing vehicle for the price.

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      motobidia 5 years ago

      The Mustang is a great car to take out for a drive on the weekend - it's a classic beauty with plenty of raw power that grumbles and shakes like a true muscle car (even the V6 version sounds manly)! It sells well and we export a lot of those. However, I would like more comfort and refinement from my daily ride, so it wouldn't be my first choice if I had to pick just one car. Good luck and I hope your dream comes true soon!

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. I personally went from bike to moped to beater. Cool story. Congrats on getting LOTD and Blessed.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens - and, honestly, my dream car is anything hybrid in order to save money on gas - though design wise, I'd love a Stingray. Blessed by a SquidAngel and congrats on LotD!

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      GabStar 5 years ago

      Ford Mustang for sure!

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      Love the lens. When I was growing up, I always told anyone who would listen that I wanted a "little red Ferrari". One year, for Christmas, I got my wish. Santa dad gave me a Matchbox Ferrari.

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      JackieM293 5 years ago

      A lens from the heart, love it! So many dream cars - a classic MG, Dodge Challenger, Tesla Model S...

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      my dream car is a stingray, Angel Blessings

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      thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

      beautiful lens, my dream car is Rolls Roylce...

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      Stephen Lewis 5 years ago

      I have always wanted a 300 SL Gull Wing

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      ikepius 5 years ago

      Oh. And MY dream car? Let me see... I think that would be a Rolls Roylce Bentley.

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      ikepius 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I love the enthusiasm. I was thinking though; aren't you too big for a mustang?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens. Thanks for this great exsperience.

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      In a boy life is the pedal car first step to get a Porsche :) Congrats on LOTD. Well deserved.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I had a peddle car when I was a child. Now I drive a Camry Hybrid that gets 39 mpg. It's the quietest, smoothest, most amazing car that I've owned. I buy gas every 4 to 6 weeks, which leave me money to spend on other things.

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      AlexanderTurner 5 years ago

      I now have a minicar, that you con drive when you're 16. My dream car would be an Alfa Romeo MITO. Italian car, search for it :). Nice lens. Cheers!

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      leelee6184 5 years ago

      My dream car has always been a Mustang convertible. Stick shift...has to be stick shift! Lol but for now I am content with my '11 Hyundai Accent (also stick shift lol). It's a great car and it's cute and gets great gas mileage. :)

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      jasminesphotogr 5 years ago

      Great lens, and congrats on the LOTD! :) My dream car, I think, is a Grand National. I'm enjoying the Mustang my fiancé just built, though. :)

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      KevinKruckmeyer 5 years ago

      I got my first car at 21 years old, I am dreaming to own a flying car someday. who knows >?

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Congratulations on a fun LOTD! I remember growing up my mom packing the neighborhood kids into her 1968 mustang convertible to take us to the skating rink. No seatbelts required back then!

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      LOTD! Woohoo!

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      Great lens. Congratulations on LOTD

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      JuliaAnnPayne 5 years ago

      great lens on dream cars...

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      May you get you dream car soon :)

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Pedal car to dream car is such an epic story, thanks for sharing.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      This truly is a journey. What fun. "Squid Angel blessed."

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      Ian Casey 5 years ago from Florida

      @traveller27: Thank you!

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Congrats on the Purple Star!

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      Bestbuyguide 5 years ago

      Have images of a 6 foot guy crammed in to a tiny car now. Lovely thinking about "back in the day", zooming down hills with out looking where you were going, we would have heart attacks if we saw our kids do that!ha.

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      My dream car is a Solstice. What adorable pictures of you as a kid with your pedal car! To die for! Cheers~cb

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Here's hoping you get your dream car! I'd love to have a Jag. I just like the looks of them.

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      Guided Abundance 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      You asked some very good questions on this lens. I enjoyed answering it.

      -Blessed

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      My first car was a large, plastic peddle-truck we called my "Rig." Our driveway was half a mile long, and I spent a few years zipping up and down the driveway in my rig. My second was an ancient Toyota Crown, which I loved despite its many, many flaws. And my third was a 1988 Chrysler Lebaron... yep, stalled all the time. I'm more of a large, slow truck-style driver than a sports car type, but oh, do I ever understand the magic of driving the Right Car. Thanks for taking me back to those wonderful times with my rig!

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      Ian Casey 5 years ago from Florida

      @Rangoon House: My next lens should be up within the next day or two :)

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I have returned to leave blessings for this lens. It was enjoyable to read and it certainly ticked all the Squidoo boxes for lens construction technique. I hope your second lens is on the publishing desk.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      My dream car? Hummm...not sure! But I love the one I have, and it's probably a classic by now, a '96 Isuzu Oasis ~ it's very practical! Great lens! I enjoyed it! B : )

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I enjoyed your original photographs and drawings to complement your passion. All the best to you on Squidoo.

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      Ian Casey 5 years ago from Florida

      @BarbaraCasey: hahaha. that you would have...

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Great first lens. And, no, I've never owned a Mustang. I would have had to wrestle you for the keys.