Wednesday, October 3, 2012

National Name Your Car Day

Yesterday, was National Name Your Car Day. 

Do you name your cars? My family names our cars. Therefore to honor National Name Your Car Day, I thought I'd share some of my favorite car names. 
Woody the Wagoneer
When I turned 16 my dad bought me a 1983 Jeep Wagoneer.
The Jeep was not a cool car. I hated this car! Here are some of the things I hated about my first car: it would not go over 55 mph without the stirring wheel starting to shake, the passenger door would only shut if the driver's window was rolled down, I had a gun rack, and there was wood paneling on the outside. Despite my hate for this monstrous vehicle, it's what I had to drive. 
My friend's are the lovely folks who named the Jeep, Woody the Wagoneer. 
* Fun Fact: Woody was the same age as Sister #1, which I would constantly bring up to my parents. *Another Fun Fact: When Sister #2 was 6 years old, she made the bold statement that she would be proud to drive a car the same age as herself.

Betty the Buick
My Sr year of High School my parents bought my grandma's car. It was a 1991 Buick LaSabre.
After driving Woody the Wagoneer for a year, the Buick felt like a convertible.  First of all, it went over 55 mph so I was finally able to drive on the interstate. Also, both doors shut without a problem and there was no wood on this car. I was in heaven!
My friend Keri is the one that named Betty the Buick. I'm not even for sure how she came up with the name. All I know is the nickname stuck and my grandma's car became Betty the Buick. 
* Fun Fact: Betty the Buick was driven by all three girls. Yes, myself, Sister #1, and Sister #2 all drove  Betty the Buick.
*Another Fun Fact: Betty the Buick was the same age as Sister #2.
Blogger World, I hope everyone had a great National Name Your Car Day!


Michelle said...

I'm impressed you have pictures of your cars!

Renee Nefe said...

While we've tried naming some of my cars...the names have never really stuck.

I'm only going to include cars that were "really mine" because there was a red honda civic that I drove but it wasn't truly mine.

First car was a 74 Blue VW Super Beetle. My mom talked me into buying this bucket of rust because she really wanted me to restore the car to it's former glory. The thing had a sun roof that leaked and the entire floor of it was rusted through. It took me half a can of WD40 and climbing in the back seat and kicking with all my might to get the driver's seat to move forward enough so that I could reach the pedals. It had a compression problem that meant you had to keep your foot on the gas at all times or it would stall out...great when trying to learn how to drive a stick!

I traded that in for a 1990 Ford Tempo...brand new off the lot. I had a friend of mine drive the VW to the dealer and she complained the entire way "HOW did you EVER think you could drive this THING?" The Tempo was great, even with the two recalls. I never had any problems with it.

Then I got my first Explorer. It was used, but had low miles on it. I drove it into the ground. (note: still no names here)

And you saw when I bought my current Explorer. Because the color of the suv is called Black Pearl we wanted to give it a Pirates of the Caribbean name, but couldn't really agree what that name should name.

Erwin Calverley said...

You should be proud of having this kind of car because this was the first luxury car produced during 1963 by Marque. Now, the market released 2014 Jeep Grand Wagoneer that offers convenience and safety features, such as lane-departure warning, low speed automatic braking, and even on board WiFi capability! You can now browse the net while on the car.

Claudio Mccarty said...

For a dad to buy his daughter a 1983 Jeep Wagoneer is really something. He must really love you so much! The 1991 Buick LaSabre is also very fuel efficient car. It can drive for up to 25 miles at only 1.25 gal of fuel. Your parents did a good job on buying it from your grandma. :)

Tyra Shortino said...

I can see a ‘first letter pattern’ with their names. :) We also name cars in our family. I think it strengthens the bond you have with the car. On another note, I love Jeeps! Sad we don’t share the same fascination. I’m more of the exterior person, you know. I’m really drawn to its boxy frame and rugged image.

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