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).
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).
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.
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!