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How'd you get hooked on...

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...the automotive world?

Personally, I got started at an early age. Due to my heart issues, I was never very active so I turned to what I could do ... play with my model cars.

As I grew older, the love affair with the Monte Carlo started when Mom and Dad bought their '76 MC...and continued from there:

http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort/mcstory.html

So...how about you?

Cort | 35swm | "Mr Monte Carlo"."Mr Road Trip" | pig valve.pacemaker ...RT 66 drive = Sept '09

WRMNshowcase.legos.HO.models.MCs.RTs.CHD = http://www.chevyasylum.com/cort

"Don't get me wrong" ... Billy Joel ... 'My Life'

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everyone i knew had jobs related to the domestic auto industry. so it was natural.

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Supposedly, I told my Mom I didn't think Santa traveled in a sleigh, that he used a car. I was drawing cars around 7 or 8. In Jr HS, I sat near 2 clowns on the bus who knew every car they saw and had some sort of crack or sound effect about them- how did they learn them all? One car we passed everyday was a slumbering '58 Series 75 limo, so when I got access to a huge stash of Nat'l Geos in history class in 7th grade, I started slicing the ads out, starting with a '58 SdV ad. That there is likely the catalyst. 5000 ads & thousands of books, magazines & pics/later, plus countless trips to car shows & junkyards cemented my appreciation for the detail and construction of '40s-'60s cars. It'll never grow old for me, even tho I sometimes feel like I've seen 98% of everything already.

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My Dad got me a book was I was little on all different brands of cars. I just absorbed it, and could point out models, and brands before I knew the alphabet.

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my dad always bought GM. he was an implement mechanic and he spent a lot of time working on our cars to keep them in shape. I didn't acquire his mechanical talents, but he always had fun vehicles. Not lavish, just fun. Back when cars were fun.

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I think it all started for me when the little sperm guy crashed into the egg.
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When I was about 2 1/2, I became fascinated by my grandmother's 1979 Custom Cruiser diesel. I loved the sound it made and it was my job to tell her when the wait to start light went out.

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Childhood in the '70s...grew up in a family of car nuts--my older brother always had 2-3 interesting cars--'60s Mustangs, a V8 Vega, a couple '70s Firebirds, a '65 GTO, etc...my parents had 3 '67-68 Cougars, a '69 Mustang, Lincolns...I had Hot Wheels, Matchbox and other diecast from age 3, snap kits at 6, model kits from age 8, subscriptions to Road & Track and Car & Driver from age 7. In kindergarden and 1st-2nd grade, walked past a Pontiac dealer every day on the way to school. Still remember seeing the '76 Firebirds, the arrival of the new '77 Catalinas and Bonnevilles, the '77 Can Am..

I still remember the cars from my childhood neighborhood in Steubenville, Ohio---the black '67 Delmont 88 across the street, the gold '71 Sedan de Ville and black '74 Eldorado next door (owned by the neighborhood mafia capo), the blue '73 Century 4dr next door, the white '54 Coupe de Ville down the street, the dark green '68 Caprice ht down the street...

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My Dad did it for me. He only bought GM and mostly the Chevrolet Full-sized ones until about 15 years ago. When he and Mom bought a maroon 1978 Impala I loved it. When I started learning to drive in it it was getting pretty old but I knew right then that I had to have a car like that. The 1985 Caprice they bought a few years later that I also learned to drive on (That I now have) helped even more to make me want one. I now have had 4 of them and still have 2 of the 4.

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grew up at car shows. my dad trailored his 69 327 c-10 custom to the shows with his 71 c-10 custom stepside. after the showing was over the 69 became weekend warrior.

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Well, I always used to draw houses, cars, ships and planes.....nonstop.

For some reason, as a kid, the opera-windowed GM mid-size coupes struck me and then, the proportions of the 1975 Cutlass Supreme or Salon coupe became especially captivating to me -- the grille, the taillamps, the opera window and the crease in the rear backlite, the dashboard with its circular vents, the quiet, confident "whoosh" of an Olds Rocket V8, and on and on...

At any rate, the next door neighbors bought a 1975 Supreme coupe (260 V8) and my parents bought a 1976 Supreme coupe (350 V8). I knew I would eventually have access to that car, so I then worked on my mechanical knowledge so I could take care of it. It later took me across America to Atlanta, to grad school at a Big 10 university, and on road trips during grad school summers to NY and to Miami. At the end of grad school, I sadly said goodbye to the Cutlass in the Midwest, where a local farmer bought it from me and I got on a plane to "go home."

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How I got hooked...

My father was always buying and trading his cars, it was his one "joy" in life. He started out with Fords when I was really young late 50's, eventually he moved onto Pontiacs the first a '65 389ci. Catalina Sedan then a '67 400ci. Catalina Sedan, '69 428ci. Executive Sedan then a '71 455ci. Bonneville Sedan in Aztec Gold (that I owned for a while), '77 301ci. Bonnevile Sedan (that I owned). My father got very sick in the early 70's after he got his first Bonneville and never got around to getting another one until '77. I owned both '71 for a while and the '77 for nearly 10 years until trading it on my 90 GP. My father someday vowed he would own a Cadillac he owned not only one but two! I recall him saying that since I was only 10! My dad then got an 1982 Olds Delta 88 in Gray 307ci. then a 1986 Olds 98 231ci. Cream (his first and only six) then a 1989 Sedan Deville Antalope Firemist 4.5L, and lastly his 1992 Sedan Deville 4.9 in White I owned for a few years. My dad and his obvious passion for GM cars was passed onto me and has made a lasting impression on me. I recall going out with paste wax and waxxing the '65, '67, '69, '71, and even the '77 when I was home from college. I helped him with his cars until his health stopped him then I just took care of them for him. I cared for the '92 Deville well after his death in 1994, my mom kept the car in his memory and loved the Cadillac ride. I took care of the car until I got it in 2003 from my mothers estate as passed away in 2003. You must keep in mind in 2003 I had the GP, Deville, and Impala. With my son learning to drive I kept all three cars around so if the need came for a third car we would have it. Gas prices kept going up and I got sick of putting premium in it, so when my son told me about the Bonneville being dropped I took some interest in getting one. I had always talked about getting one just like 'dads' but we all know how that goes. In 1990 I almost got a 1991 white SSE but the price ultimately kept me back to the GP. My son found my Bonneville SLE with 3800 miles on with everything but leather and a moonroof just the way I would have ordered in a neighboring small town at a HUGE car dealer. I was snuckered but my wife made me trade the Deville on her. I did with a heavy heart, but my dad would have been pleased none the less. I got my Bonneville in June 2005 I promised my wife the next car would be her little SUV she really liked the Equinox and so did I. I then found out about the introduction of the Torrent, and put off any purchase until it arrived. I took a good look at them in 2006 at a local car show and liked them alot. My wife did as well, we still weren't ready to buy and prices were more than what I was willing to pay so we waited... Waited... Until I found out there was going to be a revamped interior the Torrent got pushed off another year. My son started looking for us like he did with the SLE in 2005 on the net late the summer '07 for deals on new or slightly used 07's one sold out from under me, we even looked a mint '01 Aurora! Still nothing was right then my son found the purple 2007 200 miles away on a dealers lot with chrome wheels (PA2 style a must for me and my wife) and just cruise in FWD so I took a look at it and used my maxed out GM card and took advantage of a great deal in January of 2008. We had over 7,500 off sticker on it! So here we sit my daughter and son now have started to fight over the gold Chevrolet so thus it brings me to my idea about a 98-99 SSE L36 or 2000-2002 Firebird L36 Coupe/Hardtop for my son during the week and me to play on during the weekend. That is my story with the boring details. (I love those!)

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I threw a toy car at my brother's forehead when I was 2 or 3 years old... It was a great weapon, so I've officially been into cars since then... :smilewide:

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I was 17 years old, and his name was Marco. Need I elaborate? :AH-HA_wink:

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All my Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars I had as a kid (and still have most of them.) Then, as now, I was mostly just interested in the design and styling.

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My mom bought me Matchbox cars when I was a baby, all the way up through kindergarten.

I remember my favorite... a silver Volvo 760 GLE. Still have it. :)

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My parents bought me many matchbox cars when I was a kid...in fact, I had a whole bucket of them. One of my favorites in the bucket (unknown by me at the time) was a '67 mint green Mustang convertible with white interior. My dad also bought me a little C4 Corvette remote control car. I grew up with my dad having two classic Corvettes in the garage.

I also had a Power Wheels Jeep and Big Wheels, and I loved to burn out the plastic tires on my big wheels. I'd probably go through one every year because the plastic would crack and then rocks would get in, and before long the tires was split in half.

But then I kinda forgot about cars as I became an adolescent, and it wasn't until I was 15 or so that I got a PC game called Midtown Madness that resparked my interest. I drove the '99 Mustang most of the time, but they also had a '99 Eldorado, '67 Mustang, VW New Beetle, and some others. Then I would download user made cars and one of the first was an '84 Monte Carlo SS, which I thought was the coolest looking thing in the world.

From then on, I just became interested in different makes and models of cars and began to read up on the history of them.

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For me, it was like I was born car crazy. It's been an absolute obession. As soon as I could pick up a pencil I was drawing them. I still do, can design a concept in minutes. My every waking minute seemed to be car oriented somehow. I'd name every car on the road, drove my parents and their friends nuts. Toy cars and trucks and models and any toy associated, I had them. I was so aware from an early age the power and pleasure of car culture. I'd study every line and detail of a particular car. I was lucky to be in a family who loved cars as well and I was exposed to very nice vehicles owned by us and uncles etc. All of them let me drive their cars on occasion, I always was offering to wash and clean their cars so I could go touring around town. I still get so much pleasure in detailing a car.

Wow. The Car. Life would be so dull without the supreme pleasure of the car.

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My parents didn't buy cars very often, but in 1978, when I was ten, they bought a Ford pickup and a Cadillac Seville. The first car magazine I ever looked at was an issue of Motor Trend at a grocery store that year, and it had the new Fox-based Mustang on the cover, and that became my favorite car. From that point on I was reading all the car magazines and drawing them, mostly Cadillac sketches. The cars I grew up with were mostly GMs, so those were my favorite after the Mustang lust wore off. My favorite cars in my childhood were the Cutlass Supreme, Eldorado, Camaro IROC-Z, and Firebird T/A. My car interest turned more to imports during my college years after I drove a friend's Honda Civic wagon.

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I've always been drawn more to cars for the design aspect than anything else. I took art lessons for years when I was a kid, and I love learning about anything anything artistic like architecture, automotive design, and graphic design.

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a Cadillac Seville.

the original Seville was, for the most part, an exercise in good taste.* Other cars copied IT, rather than the other way around.

*if the pimpy options were not added on (fake wheel in the back, wide whitewalls, after-market spoke wheels and vinyl tops that were TOO padded).

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Oh yeah...

I also hung around my dad a lot as he did stuff like oil changes and all that on his old Subaru as well as my mom's.

Also, watching him open up the carburetor to change air filters. That was my favorite. :)

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When I was a kid, it was all about the Matchbox cars.....

I never remember getting hooked, I just remember always being hooked.....

When I was little, my parents had a Fiat 128 (that I was in love with) and a Mercedes Benz 220D.....I used to sit on the roof of both cars and clean them with a rag.....and I'd stand beside them and clean the windows.....so small I could barely reach the windows....but there I was trying all the same.... LOL

Then as I got a bit older, my mom worked for GM and always drove new Buick Rivieras (the '79-'85 version.)

Then as I'm older and getting into college, Mom drove a few LeSabre T-Types.....and dad had Ford Thunderbirds. Well, we got him from the Thunderbird into a Skylark T-Type (the N-Body Somerset that was eventually renamed Skylark) which he surprisingly liked....then he was in a new Reatta that he put over 100,000 miles in it before he migrated into his Corvette days.

Mom and Dad's stable today......2000 Buick Regal GS (150,000 miles), 1999 Corvette Coupe (30,000 miles), 2005 BMW 330ci Convertible (25,000 miles.)

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