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Updated:2018-01-13 21:37 by
In 1961 I turned 16 and got my first unrestricted driver license and I bought my first car for $50 which was a very well used Renault 4CV. I remember when my high school girl friend accidentally put her foot through the floor board which I fixed by putting a piece of plywood over the rusted out floor board.
VW Bug Trip to Calgary
Updated:2018-01-15 10:53 by
In 1967 a leader at one of the USF Student Religious Centers paid me to drive her VW beatle from Tampa to Calgary Alberta where she was moving after flying to visit relatives. That summer I drove from Tampa through the Southeast, Texas, Colorado, North to Yellowstone National Park, and then on to Calgary. I drove the VW up to Pikes Peak in first gear, and spent a week in Yellowstone at the Old Faithful Lodge. One day I went horse back riding. The operator asked if I wanted half day or all day, and not knowing any better I said all day. The day riding was pleasant enough trough the park, but the next morning I could hardly walk and spend most of the day in bed. At one point in the trip the starter went out, so I had to park on downhill slopes or get someone to help push it so I could coast and then pop the clutch to get it started until I reached a VW dealer where I got it fixed.
Chevy Corvair Named Nameless
Updated:2018-01-15 07:51 by
In 1967 was driving a bronze Chevy Corvair stick shift back and forth to USF in Tampa. That summer I met Charlotte while we were working at the Florida Power Computer Services building at 25th and 255th N in St. Petersburg. I had not given the car a name so Charlotte named it "Nameless". It was a fun car to drive and I thought it looked cool. But one dark rainy night in 1968, I was driving home from USF coming into St. Petersbug on 9th Street N and there was a car stopped to trun left into Gayway Mall at yellow blinking light. When I realized the car was not going to move, I hit the brakes and skipped right into the back of the Pontiac Boneville. Unfortunately the Corvair has no steel chassis so the front end trunk collapsed all the way back to the door post and the car was totaled. I did have seatbelt on so I just banged my knees a little and could walk away.
Volvo Named Squeaky
Updated:2018-01-15 10:26 by
After totaling the Corvair, I bought a used Volvo and drove it to USF and to Stetson College in Deland to see Charlotte. Charlotte named it "Squeaky" as it always had squeaky shock absorbers.
Rambler Named Happy
Updated:2018-01-16 22:27 by
In 1968 I was driving a Dodge Rambler with push button transmission which we named \"Happy\".
VW Bug Named Junior
Updated:2018-01-16 22:26 by
This picture was taken the day before we drove Junior to St. Anthony's Hospital and our first daughter Heather was born: http://scrapbookchronicles.life/?form_pic_id_option=3 Back in 1969 we bought our first new car, a Volkswagon Beatle for $2400 with AC and radio named "Junior". This was the most cost effective car we ever owned. We drove it for 10 years, and then sold it for $1,000.
Buick Century Sedan
Updated:2018-01-16 15:09 by
In 1974 we bought our first new 4 door sedan with automatic transmission and power windows.
VW Diesel Rabbit
Updated:2018-01-16 07:05 by
In 1978 we ordered a new VW Diesel Rabbit and paid $500 over list price to get it. It got 50 miles per gallon and back then diesel was cheaper than regular gas. BUT, it was under powered and very slow to get up to 50 MPH with 4 of us in the car. It also was well known for its tendency to develop main bearing old seal leaks causing it to drip on driveways etc.
Updated:2018-01-16 22:30 by
In 1984 we bought our first Pontiac Bonneville with power everything including AM/FM controls on steering wheel and antenna that raised and lowered from trunk area. It was white with red interior. We bought a second white Bonneville after the first one.
BMW 318i Convertible
Updated:2018-01-15 19:57 by
In 1993 I bought my first used BMW 318i convertible. The picture shows Holly and I riding in it with the top down
Updated:2018-01-16 09:05 by
In 1994 we bought Chevy Impala with a huge trunk for hauling stuff back and forth to UF while girls were in college there.
Updated:2018-01-16 22:39 by
In 2000 we bought a BMW 525 4 door sedan. It was the best car I've ever had as far as handling on the road and Interstates. I had to give up driving after over 10 years due to my low vision and it was a sad day to give up the freedom and the joy of driving that car.
Updated:2018-01-26 08:07 by
After I gave up driving and sold the BMW 525, Charlotte upgraded her 7 year old Camry LE to a 2015 Cadilla SRX which has become my made ride when Charlotte was available to drive. When she is not, I use Uber. We also use Uber to and from the airport. The SRX is bigger with greater visibility than the Camry sedan. The SRX also has Sirius XM Radio which enables us to listen to Y2K Country music with no commercials and also CNN and Fox for news updates (but with commercials). The SRX also has seat warmers for those rare Florida days when it is really cold (below 70 F).
Updated:2018-01-26 09:01 by
After I gave up driving, Charlotte has driven me to most events including Rotary meetings, doctor visits, etc. I do get rides with other Pinellas Park Rotary Club members part of the time for the weekly Thursday noon meetings. When Charlotte or other ride is not available, I now use Uber which is a great service controlled by an Uber app on your cell phone (iPhone, Android, etc.). You can request an Uber ride in small, medium, or large vechicle from anywhere and usually within 5-10 minutes the ride will arrive. You can also enter your destination and get estimate of time and cost to your destination. You must provide app with a credit card which is saved and used for each ride. No tipping is required. Charlotte and I use Uber to and from Tampa Airport which is about $20. We have also used it in a number of places within US including Ashville, Chicago, and Seattle. Also see the Blind Uber User Group I belong to: http://scrapbookchronicles.life/?form_pic_id_option=107
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