Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesdays With Rita: First Car, Kia Rio

With a "new to me" car in the carport I've been thinking about my other cars. I really haven't had that many. We tend to buy a car and drive it until it won't drive any more.

This Ford Galaxy 500 was my first car. I can't even remember what year it was.

I didn't get my driver's license until I was 18 and already living out of the house. So this car took me through many of those early harrowing driving times. Over-reacting to rain slick roads and a red light and stalling in the middle of a busy intersection. No accidents and one minor ticket for doing a left hand turn seven minutes after the time allowed on a sign on the right side of the street. The cop said he tried to stop the car in front of me but couldn't get their attention. I guess I was an easy mark.

The only dent it ever got was in the "A" Mountain parking lot at ASU. Somebody bashed in the whole right side. I was not a happy camper.

My next car was a white '67 Cougar. Then a silver Mercury Sable. The last is my Pontiac Grand Am which we are donating to the Breast Cancer Society. In 1983 we bought a small 1982 Econoline Van which we still have and it runs great. That's Doug's vehicle along with his '48 Jeep Willys. He drives a work truck for his job so we don't have to worry about that.

So all my cars have been white or silver it feels funny to walk out on the carport and see the bright blue Kia Rio. It's fun to drive though and all I have to do is plug in my MP3. Gee, can you believe I'm catching up a bit in the electronic age.

What was your first car? Do you have pictures?


  1. Congrats on the new car! My very first car was a used but pretty nice brown 1969 Buick Skylark. Oh yeah, with a vinyl roof that in time cracked, split, and became wings on the freeway! Ha! Thanks for bringing back the memory!

  2. That was a very great thing to donate your car to breast cancer research. I hope you are enjoying the latest addition to your car family! My first car was a 1997 Camaro. I need to see if I still have a photo!

  3. My first car was an avocado green 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible. I paid a whole $600 for it, very used, but still a good deal below market value. About the third day it started literally jumping up and down on the road. It turned out that a rubber support bearing that held the middle of the drive shaft in place was allowing the shaft to whip all over the place. I suspect the dealer knew and marked the car down. I fixed it myself. I loved that car and bought two others of the same year and model after the first died. Gigantic gull wings on the tail made it look like it was going to take flight.


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