When I got the call to contribute a word or two to the site, I sat down at my computer to come up with a few ideas. Although I’ve been hanging around the comments for a while now, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to tell you a little more about myself and tell you why I love cars, and talking about cars, so much. If you’re so inclined, make the jump and get to know me better.
Cars are a big part of my life. Growing up in rural southwest Missouri (back me up here, anyone), it’s almost expected that you know how to work on cars. In fact, some of my earliest memories involve helping my dad get/keep an old clunker running. I remember being behind the wheel of a car, turning over the engine while dad worked under the hood. I remember being happy, and I remember how much fun it was to sit in the driver’s seat. I’m proud of my raising; I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I spent a little time recently talking to my dad about his cars. In Top Gear style, I asked him about his car history, including some of his first sets of wheels. I wanted to understand how it all started for him, and why my brother and I enjoy cars so much. Although I remember some of the cars you’re about to see, I was genuinely surprised by the sheer number.
In high school, dad owned an enviable variety of machines:
- 67 Dart
- 59 GMC
- 68 Coronet
- 66 GTO
- 73 Impala
Later in life, he picked up a penchant for bowties. Here is a list of cars my dad has owned since high school, in no particular order:
|67 Chevy pickup||70 Challenger R/T SE|
|69 Camaro||67 Chevy 2|
|66 Chevelle SS||78 Z28|
|68 Malibu||70 El Camino|
|65 Malibu SS||72 Challenger|
|70 Chevelle SS||78 El Dorado Biarritz|
|70 Chevy pickup||68 GTO|
|70 Challenger T/A 340 Six Pack||69 GTO Judge|
|70 GTO||84 Pontiac 6000|
|64 Chrysler 300||78 Coupe de Ville|
|64 Dodge Dart||83 Coupe de Ville|
|70 Chrysler Imperial||77 El Camino|
|Kawasaki Eliminator||84 Econoline custom|
|Kawasaki Vulcan||93 Grand Caravan|
|H-D Sportster||81 Cutlass diesel (!)|
|79 Chevette||Multiple Saturn SL’s|
I’m sure you’ll agree that my dad has quite the taste in cars. The love of classic cars and trucks was passed from father to sons. You see, I have a brother, younger, but much better with a wrench than me, and with better taste in classic cars. In his 29 years, my brother has owned or driven:
- 68 Falcon
- 83 Coupe de Ville
- 01 Ram
- 77 El Camino (dad’s was identical, except red/white)
- 88 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
- 03 Grand Marquis
- 92 Cougar
- 86 325i
One might find my history with cars somewhat, let’s say, limited.
- 77 El Camino
- 86 626
- 94 88
- 04 Focus ZX5 – my wife’s daily driver (and you thought olelongrooffan’s camera was bad)
- 78 Sierra Grande (a real beaut, ain’t she? Paid $1 for it; sold it for $350.)
- 92 F-150
My current ride, the F-150, really is one of my favorite trucks. I plan on driving it until it the wheels fall it. Even then, I’ll probably just buy new wheels.
Anyway, I hope you like what you see, and I really hope I can contribute a little something to this little corner of the interwebs. I love the Hooniverse, and look forward to sticking around for a long time.