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MotorHeadline: Automotive enthusiasts must start somewhere



The times have certainly changed.

If you are Generation X or older, you probably remember the excitement of your first car. Mine was a dilapidated 1961 Volkswagen Beetle, purchased for a very small sum in the mid 90s. It was light blue, had numerous mechanical and cosmetic defects, but it ran, a...

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  1. Strikes home here – my first car was a 1958 beetle. One of my rules for a cars and coffee event is to never say something negative about a car, as the author points out, we want folks to feel welcome and to come back.

  2. I have met Mr. Bryant – not in an automotive setting – and can attest he is a really nice person and easy to talk to. Thanks for the articles, Taylor and please keep them coming as you have become one of my ‘go to’ reads.

  3. As the father of two teenage boys I can say with no uncertainty the comment, “Today’s kids have no need to drive to meet their friends, as they all live on their smartphones. Uber and Lyft can get them anywhere they need to go cheaper than a car payment would. The current generation look at cars like a household appliance, with no more thrill than a microwave or washer” is a 100% profoundly accurate assessment of today’s youth culture.

  4. I still don’t know which end of a wrench to hold, but I do remember what it was like to wake up early on my sixteenth birthday to be the first one in line for a drivers license that day at the DMV. I really feel sorry for some kids today – they seem to be missing out on so many real world experiences, excitements and skills.

  5. That’s a good story. My kids always ask me “how did you know how to fix all those things.” Like you but older that’s what we did. Dirt bikes, old cars and trucks kept me busy. Also the bond it built between father and son is irreplaceable. So for now let me go get my 1980 Jeep CJ7 ready for a Saturday drive. 🙂

  6. My husband has a 1966 VW and if you want to make him mad just say something negative about that old thing! He had it during his college days and considers it a prize. He would trade me in before he would his beloved VW. Over the years he has had many offers to buy it. Now it is joined with his grandfathers 1971 Ford pickup, and both are blue and just enough of a different color of blue to make them clash, I think. The worst thing I told him was I didn’t like the VW parked next to my Tesla. I found the only good thing, because of the size of VW it gives me more room. I know, I am bad.

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