The kid was talking the other day about how she can’t wait to get her license. She’s wondering what car she will get to drive. I have terrible news for her. It will most likely be nothing short of falling into the category of a soccer-mom vehicle.
I base part of that decision on my own teen experience. It was a circa 1970’s Nova and it had an 8-cylinder 350 engine. No seventeen year old should be driving a car of that magnitude. Especially not me. Let’s just say, I went through a period where I thought I wanted to be a race car driver. Not a good combination. Like the elastic neckline, I think my mom was trying to kill me.
But this car was the bomb. It didn’t have reverse, the seats weren’t bolted down to the floor board and the windshield was loose. Every time I went over a bump when it was raining, I would get splashed in the face and my seat would lift up in the air like a ride at Disney. It didn’t have a paint job, but it did have a Budweiser gear shifter. I was the shit.
The only time I could get it to go into reverse was when the engine was cold. And I mean ice cold. Like the middle of February cold. Any other time of the year, if I didn’t park where I could just pull straight out, I was pretty much screwed. Unless there was a strong male walking by, I was stranded there until the following Winter.
I was really good at pulling donuts and burning rubber. The engine was so loud, my friends could hear me coming a mile away. I adored that car. One night a friend of mine who was going to BOCES for auto mechanics told me he could fix my transmission. Just like that. I was all too eager to hand him the keys. Without consulting my parents.
My good friend wrapped her around a tree that night. He was ok, the tree was not. And neither was my Nova. As for me, I was grounded for a month. And my baby spent the rest of her life in a junk yard being raped of her good lady parts. Sniff-sniff.
And that is precisely why the kid will be driving a mom-mobile. That’s a good enough reason for me. What memories does your favorite car stir up?Mo