This post was fun and popular when I first put it out four years ago and it is still getting comments. With Hot August Nights 2012 about to begin, I'm posting it again for all of us to play with. As before, I start off with my own first car story - now it's your turn.
My first car was a real piece of junk. It burned oil and laid down a smoke screen, but it was my car and I loved it. Hey, what do you want for $75? That heap was an English Ford Anglia, mid-60s vintage (I don't remember the exact year.). It was kind of a hand-me-down from my older brother, who could no longer stand to be seen in such a lowly ride. This being the era when the first real muscle cars were built, my father called it the U.K. Mustang. I thought that was pretty funny so I went along with the joke.
Classic Mustang at Hot August Nights, Reno, Nevada.
Photo © Stan White
After the Anglia, I moved on to real British sports cars. I owned two TR-3s and had a friend with a TR-4. Others in our gang had Alfa Romeos, Porsches, and Austin Healeys. We felt quite superior to the uncouth masses cruising around in the detested Detroit iron. Unfortunately, they were quite a bit faster than our refined foreign machines, which tended to make us a bit jealous. Even so, speeding tickets were not hard to obtain. Now, with Hot August Nights cars cruising Reno's streets, those Detroit iron hotrods look pretty sweet.
What was your first car? Was it cool, a junker, or something in between? Was it something I might see at Hot August Nights or is it more likely part of a refrigerator?
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