My mother's cars


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New York
To be fair to my mom, this was on a wide open interstate in upstate New York with no traffic near us. Back then, most of the expressways near our home on Long Island had speed limits of 65 and she respected them. But yeah, there was 5-6 inches of play in the steering wheel.
That 2 speed power glide would grab high gear typically around 10mph, certainly 15. I can’t imagine driving that car 70mph. iirc the 283 v8 was doing 3000rpm around 55 or 60. Spec steering wheel PLAY in that car was between 5-6” and 4 wheel drum brakes on a single circuit with no weighting towards the front was a handful at 55. No sway bars, and crummy aero. People say they’d get these things up to 100 ... and that’s ludicrous to me.
Here’s the rest of the story...
She was on her way to pick me up at the bus stop when she dropped a wheel off the pavement and spun into an oncoming Impala. She was completely unhurt. Some of her busybody friends drove by the wreck and offered to pick me up at the bus stop. When they picked me up the following conversation ensued:

“Where’s Mom?”
“She was in a wreck.”
“Is she okay?”
“Yes, she’s fine.”
“What shape is the Mustang in?”
“You should be worried about your mother.”
“I thought you said she was okay.”
“She is; you should be glad she wasn’t hurt.”
“I AM. Now how is the Mustang?”
“You should be glad she wasn’t hurt!”

The one thing you need to know about my mother was that she never, EVER passed up an opportunity to make me look bad while simultaneously making herself look either saintly or put upon- so for decades to come she would tell people, “I totaled my car once and all my son cared about was how bad the car was hurt.”
At least I can laugh about it now.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Ontario, Canada
(19**) Mercury Cougar XR7 (Dad said it was a 5.0L, I'm not so sure it was)
1978 Oldsmbile Delta 88 4.9L
1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera 2.8L
1986 Cadillac Sedan Deville 4.1L
1999 Dodge Caravan 3.8L
2008 Nissan Rogue 2.5L
2015 Nissan Rogue 2.5L (current)
Roanoke Virginia
My moms first car was a Dodge Dart I can’t remember what year she said it seems like it was a 1968. Then not sure any of the others after that because most of the time her and her two sisters shared one car because they didn’t have a whole lot of money. When she graduated in 1986 she purchased a brand new Ford Escort. She drove that thing until she traded it on a 1996 Toyota Avalon which was the first car her and my dad bought together. They kept the Avalon till about 2005 when it started giving issues to us so we traded it for a 2001 Jeep Cherokee which we still have. Then she gave that to my dad in 2010 and bought a 2004 Toyota Camry then that got a lot of miles on it so she gave that to my dad and bought a 2017 Camry. She said it’s definitely her last new car since cars are getting too advanced. She’s had way more too but they have been shared with dad. Our family has always had lots of cars. Her mom drives a 2015 Kia Soul the only thing I can remember her saying about her first vehicle is it was a three on the tree and she hated it. Fortunately I still have the keys to the Escort and the Avalon.
Mom’s current ride.
My mom had wheel time with our 57 bel aire, which started with my great grandmother, was later passed to my granddad, who lent it to both of his daughters and later gave it to us. she had a hand-me-down fairlane when I was born and then a 77 toyota corona. Plastic seats, manual recirc ball steering and a 5mt with a 22RE, RWD. I really wish we‘d kept it longer, but they traded it with 110k miles to buy me a well-used escort when I turned 16. No kid wanted to drive mom’s car which perpetually smelled like barfed formula from 3 kids, but I later realized the sheer bulk of steel in the toyota was the more attractive car. She got her first new car in 89, a teal on tan accord lx-i, again 5mt. It was the first car we had with power windows, and she would have been around 40. It was a refined work of art we never could imagine. Somewhere in there my parents bought an 84 vanagon, water box, manual windows, no radio but had AC, manual steering, and 4mt. They swapped it back and forth depending on kid duty. That’s another vehicle which I would have loved to have kept into college, but it had horrible reliability and they traded it at 60k, which for my parents was an abomination of waste to trade anything that young. The VW was desperately unreliable, but fun to drive. I had a lot of seat time behind the wheel of it. They later bought my brother a well-used Acura legend, and they swapped the legend for the accord later when he felt like it was too much car. The legend saved her life when she got full on t-boned in an intersection. I *loved* that legend.... it was a pure work of art and to this day would jump on one if it could be found in good shape. I loved it more that it saved her life. From then on she drove my late grandfathers civic, so stripped it didn’t even have a clock (early 90s i think), the infamous 375k mile 2004 civic, and now a ‘14-ish civic. She drives her cars until the wheels fall off, or until it makes sense to give or swap with someone else. She’s never cared for big cars. She felt like I’d arrived when we bought our work-spec f150 and was s.u.p.e.r careful about not tracking dirt on the vinyl floor mats.

i saw her the first time today since Covid hit. It was *really* good to see her. She’s not moving as quickly as she used to, and I love her very much.