From pedal cars to dream cars
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.]
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
Would you buy a pedal car for your child or grandchild?
Would you buy a pedal car for your child or grandchild?
When I was 12, my dad got me a really cool Dingo dune buggy for Christmas
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
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?
In my college years I graduated to a Ford ZX2 - ...which I quickly outgrew when I hit 6 feet 1 inches
A friend of mine, Andre Frattino, who I used to work with painted this of me.
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.