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Good things come in small parcels — 11 Comments

  1. How interesting! I am the proud owner of a 2003 Mini Cooper, a red one, and I love it. It’s bright enough for everyone to see (I’m not a great driver) and it fits easily into one of my condo building garage’s miniature parking spots. The SUV owners aren’t so lucky.

    I bought the car new, and I’ve actually driven it very little, but on the few longer trips I’ve taken, it performed very well indeed. No breakdowns whatsoever. It gets dusty, but it’s comforting to know it’s always there waiting for me if I want to drive somewhere.

    You can see a picture of my car in the archives of my blog, “Write your Life!” Yes, we Americans do get some good ideas from overseas. Thanks.

    Seniorwriter, of “Never too Late!” and “Write your Life!”

  2. I sounds like a real passion wagon.

    I remember a car with holes in the floor. I thought they were so that you could put your feet down and help improve the speed! Excuse me (lol lol lol lol)!

  3. Brianf – I think mine was around the same vintage. They could have been cousins?

    Marlys – There is nothing to beat the Mini for nipping around the place. Not so good for the long trips with three kids in the back and luggage for a fortnight though!! They are [were] very economical too. Mine was an 850cc model [60 miles to the gallon].

    Grannymar – “I sounds like a real passion wagon.

    Freudian slip??? 🙂

    Yup. I did a lot of coortin’ in that car. I met Herself in it, giving her a lift to the pub [where else?]

  4. Grandad,

    When my oldest son was in college, he bought a beautiful Ford Thunderbird from another kid. It was nice on the outside but let me tell you how he started it to get to school.

    First he put the hood up, then got in and turned the key on. That’s when the fire started in the engine. He would then jump out with the fire extinguisher , put the fire out, slam down the hood, get in the car, wave so long and head to school.

    It was so coordinated that the neighbors used to love to watch the routine. I should have sold tickets.

  5. Grandad,

    Believe it or not, this car routine was in 1974. Not only was there no YouTube, there were no video cameras in those days. But you are right, it would be great fun to have a film of it.

    If this were happening today there would probably be 3 or 4 neighbors with various types of video equipment capturing every moment of the Thunderbird’s unusual ignition system.

  6. My first car was a 73 Dodge Dart Swinger, 2 doors with a hard top roof. I got it off my sister who got it off my grandpa, it was 1984. It had a 6 cylinder and 4.5 of them actually worked, the leaning tower of power as we called them. lol And le piece de la resistance an 8 track player lmao

    my sister cracked it up and it was repaired she drove it a few years and then couldnt afford the parking fees in the big city and gave it to me. I rolled it one icy night in the middle of winter and in the middle of town I might add. it was written off and I recieved $800.00 dollars and I bought it back for $300.00, that accident payed for my next years insurance and all I had to do was kick the roof back into place and put some oil back in the engine

    sounds like a bit of theme but it was red as well lol

  7. When my mother bought her new Mini, she passed on her old car for $90. It was a Honda Scamp, their first attempt at car making, driven by a motor bike engine. I think it was powered by rubber bands and had someone in the boot making farting noises to replicate an engine! I once packed 7 people in it on the way home from school . . .one had to get out and walk home because it just refused to move.

  8. We used to have a car, where reverse gear was a lower ratio than first gear. So if we wanted to go up a really steep hill, we had to do it backwards!

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