Week 3: Cars. What was your first car? Describe the make, model and color, but also any memories you have of the vehicle. You can also expand on this topic and describe the car(s) your parents drove and any childhood memories attached to it.
I *wish* I had a picture of my first car. She was something to behold. A 1969 Ford Torino purchased from some good family friends. Puke green with black racing stripes along the side, and one of those air cam-thingies on the hood. Oh, and a V8 engine, which was probably too fast and powerful for this teenaged country girl. Her name was Myrtle. Myrtle, The Turtle, The Mean Green Driving Machine. And she was all mine. She was huge -- I swear, I could fit my sister and another five or so friends in there and we'd turn up the 8-track stereo and go cruisin', usually up and down Pacific Ave. in Stockton, California (do kids still cruise?). She was also easy to spot in a crowded high school parking lot full of big, new, shiny pickup trucks, Camaros, Firebirds and the like. Sadly, Myrtle left us in around 1983, after I went off to college, when my little sister was driving her and was run off the road by some crazy madman (so we're told, anyway...). Cindy was fine, Myrtle was not. R.I.P., Myrtle. You are still missed.
In lieu of pics of my own beloved first wheels, here are some photos of our family's cars through time. To be honest, it was easier to find pictures of my people on horses and bulls than with their cars!
|I think that was our family's 1967 Ford Galaxy (c. 1971 or 1972)|
|Not sure, but I think these are Bartrams|
|Grandma Edith, Great Grandma Brittain and Dad: Road trip! (c. 1955 or so)|
|Grandma Edith -- Glamming it up on their road trip|
|Uncle Johnnie Bruhns with his puppies and car|
|Great Grandma Ethel Modena Martindale Hunt (Grandma Dobbs|
to us!) and her mom, Nancy Dezina Jaggers Martindale
|My dad, William Lee Brittain|
|Grandpa Woodie Brittain, holding my dad in front of their car (c. 1942)|