Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Cars As Stars

This edition of the Carnival of Genealogy focuses on the cars in our families. This got me thinking ( I know, that can be dangerous!). How important were vehicles in your family? What type of car did you learn to drive on? What was the first car you owned? What about your parents or grandparents?


I learned to drive on my dad's 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. That car rocked! Unfortunately by the time I got around to actually getting my driver's licence in 1986, we no longer owned that car. Instead, my dad gave me a 1979 Dodge Omni. It was a white 4-door with no air conditioning and no stereo. It had an AM radio. Nonetheless it was mine and so was the cost of the repairs to keep that old thing on the road. Sometimes I drove my dad's 1966 Chrysler Newport. It was a huge lavender boat of a car. No automatic steering or brakes. But I loved it anyway.


Would my mom have gone out with my dad if he hadn't had a car? The story goes that they met in a coffee shop. Dad asked Mom if she wanted to go for a drive in his car. At that time he owned a blue 1966 Plymouth Fury with a white hard-top. My mom was impressed and of course she said yes. The rest as they say is history. Makes you wonder if things might have gone differently if Dad hadn't owned that car. Hmmm...


We have always been a car family. For most of my childhood my parents each had their own car. Dad was always trying something different - a yellow VW Beetle, a red Austin Mini. My brother and I were quite young when Dad owned those cars. We liked them a lot, especially when Dad would do doughnuts with the Beetle in the wintertime. My brother and I would be tossed about the backseat like peas in a frying pan - this was before seat belt laws, and the Beetle had the engine in the back. We would laugh like crazy; it was so much fun. My mom was not impressed!


When I stop to think about it, a lot of my childhood memories about my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles involve the cars they owned.

What about you? How do the cars your family owned play a part in your childhood memories?

4 comments:

Moultrie Creek said...

Seems like a lot of us are Camaro fans. They were great cars! Enjoyed your story tremendously.

Jewelgirl said...

I am also a Camero Fan!
Check out my 1969 Camero.
The Z28's were the best -
owed a 77 1/2 Z and and 84
Camero. The cars had real
zip! Is Lake your maiden
name?

P said...

Hi!
Oh my goodness, an Omni!! My dad had a light blue Omni (same as yours, no air, no stereo - which he didn't mind b/c he listened to AM anyway!) While not the most luxurious automobile, it did last quite a long time.
Good luck with your blog, I'll stop by again, soon!

Cheers,

Elizabeth :-)
The Polish Genealogy Project
http://polishgeno.com

Aunt B said...

Isn't the Lake family into the Chrysler Family of fine cars, due to your dad's complaining that 'if we didn't buy a Chrysler, he would not have a job....LOL ' Do you remember Grandpa Lake's bright Blue Chrysler with the great fins at the back? Maybe before you would remember it! I learned to drive that car, and always thought I would poke 'something' with those 'fins'.
Aunt B