When I turned 16 my parents gave me a 1965 VW Beetle that had been in our pasture for years. Its a car when I was about 12 my taught me to drive in it and we used to spin donuts in it all the time in the pastures of Penryn, CA. It was white and over the years, I was convinced it was possessed by demons. It certainly had its own quirky personality. My friends called it the white flash. It was a beater to be certain. I swear that car loved my dad and hated me, despite all the wild adventures the flash and I had. For example I could sit in the driveway and try to start it for hours. My dad would come home sit in it and the flash would start right up. I wish I had a photo to share of the white flash but sadly I don’t so here is my white flash replacement a 1969 Chevy Camaro.
When I was in college a good friend of mine at the time had a 1984 Dodge Omni. He called it the desert frog because it was this hideous tan color and when you accelerated from a stop it lurched like a frog.
For sure humans have a relationship with their automobiles. Did you know that 4 out of 10 Americans claim their car has a unique personality? Many of them even consider their car as part of their family. I know many of my cars have been part of the family. To the most extreme, there are even hundreds of people who allege to have a romantic relationship with their car. My dad drove a 1969 GMC Pickup for more than 35 years and nearly 400,000 miles. It was a part of the family. The whole family thought he would be buried in it. Sadly he sold it the last time they moved cross country. I know my dad misses that darn truck as much as any friend.
Graphic Designer Kayla Matthews has created a great infographic about the relationship between People and their Cars.
This graphic was created by CJ Pony Parts