Car Toys, Past and Present


I will be the first to admit that my biggest weakness is for cars (and trucks).

Cars of Years Past…

There is only one “First Car”, and this was it.  There were many funny stories associated with the ’72 Beetle.  You probably had to be there, though.
This was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with RX-7s.  Still ranks up there with one of the most fun cars to drive.  No traction control, ABS, or even power steering.  Just pure driving fun, and good looking to boot.  It didn’t need to go really fast to be exciting.  With 100 HP, it wasn’t going real fast anyway.
And then came time to buy my first car after graduation and getting my job at Compaq.  I was going to be more practical, honest, until I saw it on the showroom floor.  Nothing else even came close.  It was one of the top ten fastest production cars of 1987.  And gorgeous.
My first truck.  The ’97 4Runner was a quality machine.  It actually hit a 1’ boulder that had rolled onto I-80 coming down from Donner Summit.  I hit it square, causing it to launch in the air.  The Suburban next to me didn’t fair as well – the driver tried to avoid the boulders and ended up rolling over about 4 times, right outside my window!  I only lost the front skid plate – an easy fix and good as new.  It also had a TRD supercharger installed.  It was fun to blow Camaros off the line.  Shouldn’t have sold it.
Owning a Subaru WRX in Tahoe is a no-brainer.  I bet they sell more WRXs here than anywhere.  Practical, fast, dependable, quirky looks.  What isn’t there to like.  My second favorite snow rally car.

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