So Father’s Day is this tomorrow, this is my first Father’s Day as a dad. It’s a weird feeling having a child what with the stress, excitement, love, worry and fulfillment you go through day in and out.

One of the things I look forward to the most is being able to share my hobby with my child. I hope cars are still a thing in 16 years and that I can help my little girl appreciate them they way I do.

I though as a nice Father’s Day gift out there, you all could tell me a story of either

If you haven’t had children, a story of your dad/mom that’s car related.

If you are a parent, a story of you and your child bonding related to cars.

I have a brief story, my father was never a huge gear head; and he never pushed me in this direction. He always liked cars, and drove some nice ones when he was younger. (He’s from Italy yet drive a lifted bro truck when I was born, and I’m the middle child, before that a thunder bird).

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So he traded his nice cars in for a conversion van, I remember driving long distance a lot with the whole family. (Looks like this one minus the roof addition)

One of the earliest memories I have is being in the van and driving from Chicago to Florida. It was late at night and for some reason my mother was in the way back ( where I normaly sat.) and I was up front with my dad, it was late I’m sure I should have been asleep, but I was up and talking with my dad, I remember thinking it was so cool, we could get in a van in Chicago where it was snowing and a day later, sunny Florida. We would drive in the van a lot to a from far away places. I always like the drive almost if not more then getting there. It felt like adventure. When I got older I would help navigate or sometimes just lay in the back and watch the world go by. I remember I cried when we got rid of the van. I had named it, (sadly the name escapes me so many years on).

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My Dad told me not to be sad, the van had done its job well and we had treated well and it had a good life, and now it will go help someone else’s family. I always felt like cars/vans most everything has a energy or soul, to this day I still name cars, hell I named my roomba(Charlie).

There was also the time I helped him push a Toyota Camry when I was like 9, in rush hour cause the thing was a piece of shit.

As for my little girl, when she was born, still in the hospital late one night started to cry, I woke up to take care of her, I remember hearing infants like sounds like vacuums so I turned on a video of cars starting up, she smiled and looked up to me and slowly fell asleep in my arms listening to the cars.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Ike is co-host of the Untitled Car Show ( untitledcarshow.podomatic.com ) he has owned 2 Dodge Challengers; a Volvo C30, a V70XC, a V70R, 740; and a Saturn Ion . He is a new father and loves driving and autocrossing. He can jerry rig with the best of them, and he wrote his bio in third person. He also has 2 dogs, 2 cats and is a crazy person some say!

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