Sunday, February 18, 2007
My First Car/Boat
My first car was a 1973 Buick Century – the size of a boat. It was blue with black (cracked) vinyl interior and matching vinyl roof. It was a hand-me-down from my parents. They got it practically brand new. I got it in 1983, when cars didn’t really last very long -- 10 years was very old.
It had rear wheel drive. Amazing the advances we’ve seen in tires over the years. Back then the New England weather required that every fall you put on “snow” tires. (I can’t remember the last time I had a car that required this.) Regardless of the additionally traction of my boat’s snow tires, each winter I skidded around the Massachusetts’ streets like I was driving on a Slip and Slide.
To make matters worse I lived on the top of a hill. Pulling out of the incline driveway, I had to back all the way down to the bottom of the hill and floor it till I spun my way up the top of the hill. I don't miss those days.
Posted by Rick Bettencourt at 5:20 PM