I am a bit of a car nut. I bought my first one before I was old enough to drive (a 1965 Datsun 1500 Fairlady). Currently our household of 2 drivers contains 6 vehicles:
1. 2008 electric MINI Cooper – MINI E 019
2. 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman S
3. 2009 Ford Flex (like a giant MINI Cooper)
4. 2008 Smart ForTwo Passion
5. 2005 GEM E-4 (an NEV or Neighborhood Electric Vehicle)
6. 2004 Honda Valkyrie Rune
I sold my 2005 Corvette to make room for the MINI E. Some consider this to be a sacrilege; for me it was trading for a different kind of performance car. Selling the ‘vette had nothing to do with the look on my wife’s face when I told her I was getting another car.
I have owned Chevys, Pontiacs, Volkswagens, Volvos, Jeeps (before and after Chrysler), Chryslers, Nissans (and Datsuns, as they were once called), BMWs, a Porsche, an MG, a Triumph, a Mazda, a GMC, and several motorcycles.
I have never owned a Mercedes or Toyota (but I drove one for work). The Ford Flex is the first Ford I ever bought (I won a Thunderbird in a drawing, and I kept it for a few years). I have had some very cool test drives that never turned into purchases (Citroen SM and a Sunbeam Tiger among others).
My daughter loves the cars, which makes me happy and guilty at the same time. I think that personal transportation is changing, and I don’t want her to get hooked on something that she won’t be able to have when she grows up.
We live in Southern California (Pacific Palisades, wedged in between Malibu and Santa Monica). I am technologically oriented, having worked in and around the computer business since 1981. I was born and raised in So Cal, but I have lived in both Washington, D.C. and Seattle, Washington. If they name another place after that guy I may have to move there, too.