by Pam Ripling
My first car: Of course, it was older than dirt, older than me, older than the universe.
Have fun with me as I reminisce about my history of driving.
Ah... the 1963 Oldsmobile F-85, forerunner of the popular Olds Cutlass that debuted the following year. Mine got me to school and back, cracked block and all. Four doors, bench seats... I hated my parents. HATED them! The most uncoolest car in the lot.
The Ghia. My beach car. Wrecked it twice before selling it to my boyfriend, who wrecked it again. Great car, bad karma.
Did you know the trunk was in the front? 1969 VW Karmann Ghia. RIP.
Funny thing about driving a BMW. People flip you off for no reason. I wrecked this car, too. Ran over a median curb. Hard enough to set off the airbags. My bad.
We called this '02 530i a "Friday car", because it had so many defects--myth is that Friday afternoon workers are tired and want to go home. 'Nuff said. But it drove like a dream.
I know, I know. I never should have gotten rid of this one. Can you spell C L A S S I C? The 1966 Ford Mustang is still a hot selling car today.
Now this one, my boyfriend wrecked and we then painted it orange. Bad idea. You've heard of orange peel-textured paint? This one was the worst ever.
We called it the "kidney-shaker". Give you a clue? I learned to drive a stick-shift in this monster. Great for off-roading, not the most comfortable vehicle around town.
If you ever get offered a ride in the back, turn it down. Trust me. Take note: 1972 Toyota LandCruiser.
Now this is a car. My beloved '91 Miata. Drove it all the way to Las Vegas and back, alone. Sunburned the heck out of my head. Was worth every mile. Once crammed three kids in it -- please don't tell their parents. I still miss this gem.
Note: Not good when vs. Escalade on freeway.
1973. VW "181" Thing.
Top down, barreling down the I5 into Mexico with my 2 BFF's. Broke down only twice.
How did we live to tell? We called it the square rolling lemon. Wonder why?
Okay, now you know my life in cars. But here's the catch. One of these is a blatant, all out lie. Can you spot the fraud?
Pam Ripling is the author of middle-grade mystery, LOCKER SHOCK! Buy it at Quake, Fictionwise or Amazon today! E-book version now available for your Kindle! Visit Pam at www.BeaconStreetBooks.com.
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