The Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival is this weekend, and it has us thinking about cars -- specifically, the first ones we owned.
Thanks to former Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette Opinion Page Editor Janet Smith for sharing memories of a car she and her sister drove until its last leg:
"I could go on and on about my first car. But it first must be noted that I learned to drive in a '53 Chevy pickup. It had a starter on the floor and its passenger-side door had a bad habit of opening when going around a corner. My first car was a dream in comparison.
"The vehicle I drove through college was a '64 Ford Fairlane, 3-speed standard shift. It had a dent in the driver's door that popped every time it opened, a coat hanger for an antenna (put there by my brother after the antenna was snapped off at school), and a clutch that required you to pull it out with your foot after pushing it in.
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"It often wouldn't start, so I would enlist my friends to push it while I popped the clutch. They only had to see me walk back in the door to know what I needed.
"The heater sometimes didn't work, which was dangerous in Kansas winters, and at one point the muffler fell off as I dropped my sister off at her dorm at University of Kansas -- while everyone was outside for a fire drill. My two sisters and I drove that car into the ground until my dad paid someone to take it away. We definitely got our money's worth out of it.