Girls and cars?

Y’know, I have always been a car enthusiast as long as I can remember.

Here I am at approximately 1-1.5 years old trying to steal a mini, followed by me admiring this lovely red Porsche when I was 9 years old. I was probably drafting up a plan to steal it on that pad of paper there.

Don’t even get started on the red socks, or why I had them pulled up like that. I had absolutely NO sense of style when I was a child. Unlike kids nowadays who panic if they don’t get to wear what they want.

That mini was my mums. We were so dang funky. It made me draft up a list of cars that I have owned.

In 1997 I had to buy my mums Toyota Corolla off her because I wrote it off. It cost me NZ$3500. I got to sit next to it for one day as my car, but it sat on the car trailer the whole day, then went to the rubbish tip. It was a cool DX as well, mid 80s, in mint condition.

Same year 1997: bought my first Mini. It was just the round nose model. Was metallic blue, only went for about 2 months then died. I held onto it anyway, put it in the garage.

1997: I got my Nissan Sunny 1986 model. WOW. Gunmetal grey ;) This car then got tuned at a performance car shop and went FAST. I owned that car until 2000.

1998: I bought a new Mini, it was a Mini Clubman. I kept both minis. The Mini Clubman went awesomely, and had widened rims and little fat tyres on it, this was grey.

1999: I got another round nose Mini, this was red. And another one which was yellow. I then took the lid off my blue one and turned it into a convertible, and then took it up the top of Norrie Grove and rammed it into a bank after doing some drifties. About a week later I got a Ford Escort from a mate for $50 and it had no petrol cap, so I drove it up to Tip Road and did some drag racing, and wrote it off, so I left it up there.

2000: I got rid of the red Mini. And got rid of my Mini Clubman. Kept the yellow one. Bought a green Holden, and painted it metallic purple. It had an OOSH engine, went like snot. It was an oldschool Holden Commodore, the classic mid 80s style. I painted it up, then trashed it for a few weeks. It didn’t last. Thank God the entire time I had my Nissan Sunny as my reliable and road legal car ;) Ditched the Holden.

2000: bought a new Nissan Sunny as the body on my one was no longer WOF-able. Got a new Nissan Sunny for $200 which didn’t go, swapped my engine into it and huzzah, another year bought. At the end of 2000 it was getting kinda tired. Sold the Minis that was left.

So mid-2001: sold the Nissan, well, for free. Gave the Nissan to this hooker friend of mine and bought my Mazda Familia 1993 Interplay model. This was a great little car, went like snot – and my first nearly-brand-new car. It was only imported about 2 months before I bought it!

2005: 2 gear boxes and engines later I sold the Mazda Familia, and purchased my Subaru Impreza. Yay, Impreza ftw.

You can see the car I love most. The classic Minis are just PHAT! I really wouldn’t mind getting another one.

7 thoughts on “Girls and cars?

  1. WOW! That’s a lot of cars. Thinking about calling you “Michelle, killer of all thing automobilia.” :D (I’m kidding of course) Being a car nut myself (or just a plain ol’ nut), I’ve had a total of nine cars, err, make that eight cars and one truck. I still have five of them, four of which are snuggled in my shed plus a brother’s Trans-Am. (It’s a large shed ;) ) What I still have are: Chevy C-10 shortbed/fleetside, replaced 250 C.I. L6 with a 400HP 396 C.I., later converted from 2WD to 4WD; 2 1989 Mercury Cougars, one LS and one XR7/SC-only around 2000 built that year; 1962 Pontiac Catalina, original 389 C.I. engine (my birth year); and a 1972 Triumph GT6. Cars I had: 1970 Chevelle which was mentioned already; 1986 Mustang GT 5.0 HO/SFI (mostly stock); and a 1979 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royal ( A great “date” car ;) ). And I SO want a Mini Cooper and Impreza WRX (The old 2-door model). Oh, wait….Didn’t Mr. Bean have a Mini? :o :D

  2. I dont think I fit in a mini, not unless the front seats are ripped out and I take place on the backseat :P My one and only car I own myself is a Toyota MR2 from 1990, for work I have driven a Ford Escort Van, a Chrysler Voyager Van 2.5L Turbo Diesel (Thought it was called a Dodge Ramvan here) and it was a pretty smooth ride. And a few crappy european lease cars I used when I was a temp. (Renault Twingo is the only crappy euro car I remember) When I was taking driving lessions in 2000, I used a VW Golf) :P

  3. was it a turbo golf ;)

    I remember when I used to go to the speedway there was this cool guy who raced a mini in the limited/super saloon races (yes, they combined the two here, because there weren’t enough cars). And he offered me his bored out 1400cc mini engine for mine for $450. And that was out of his spare racing saloon mini. I should’ve taken it.

    He was a bit of a sook, when he crashed he chickened out. So we used to hang with his dad while his dad tried to get him to stop being a wuss. And yes, this was a 30+ year old seasoned racer chickening out ;) But i’d probably chicken out too going out there in a sooped up Mini against those huge-arse saloon cars. y’know, he used to win a lot too, because that mini had advantage at the ends of the track going around, he didn’t need to drift around the ends of the track, he just … drove around.

  4. Now that I think about it, I wouldn’t mind a Mini Cooper S… they are nice little cars.

    Or I could have both, and re-enact the Italian job, both the old one and the new version.

  5. Its was a Golf 1.9 SDI and it was totally worthless. 68 BHP and 0-100 km/h in a hefty 17 seconds. Woooot! To diesel powar. -_-

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