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It’s my mom’s birthday today.

She was born October 24, 1960. She passed away on January 8, 2001. I was 11.

In honor of her, I am posting some of her favorite cars.

Her first car was a red late-‘60s VW Beetle.

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My grandad was a used car dealer and he gave his kids whatever cars he had on the lot at the time. He sold my mom’s Beetle when he got a good offer on it, and she was very upset. To appease her, and because he was having trouble selling it, he gave her a 455 Trans Am which my uncle (her little brother) says she used to embarrass several guys on back country roads.

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My mom was an interesting lady. She drove a stick shift better than any guy I knew, and she often did so in a skirt and heels.

I remember once, when I was about 8 or 9, her car (a ‘91 Chevrolet Corsica LT), had a dead battery and wouldn’t start. I was late for school and she was late for work, so she grabbed the keys to my stepdad’s ‘94 Silverado dually and we took off. It was a manual and I marveled at her shifting while wearing heels.

She also had a ‘94 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, bought used in ‘98. It would surprisingly haul ass and my mom took advantage of that a lot.

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Rest easy, mom. Miss ya.

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