It is strange how people get all emotional and attached to their cars. I’m normally not one to get attached to a vehicle. I do like to watch car shows on tv and read car magazines. For some reason a woman is not suppose to be interested in that sort of thing on Earth which again puts me back on Mars. Evidently it is also not allowed for me to know more about cars than a man but since most men know nothing about cars and only pretend, as a car enthusiast I tend to know more then they. Again for some strange reason this puts me on Mars.
Last week I had to sell my classic Mini 1000 and replace it with an Audi station. Of course there is no comparison to these two cars. Even though the ‘new’ Audi is 7 years old it is a modern relatively high performance vehicle with modern safety equipment and comforts. The 27 year old Mini had no conveniences at all. It was practically a safety hazard on the modern highway where all other cars zooming around are larger and heavier. The only thing electric on the Mini were the lights and radio and the only technical advantages were low milage and the ease of parking in the city. I could park it just about anywhere. The Mini is also known for its propencity to rust and this bucket was no different. If anything else in the house was as beat as that car I would have gotten rid of it ages ago.
That said, I miss my Mini. I don’t miss that particular car but I miss the ‘fun factor’. With its close proximity to the ground and its small steering column, zooming around in the Mini was like zooming around in a gocart. When you turn a corner you feel it. You feel like you have control of the car and not just that the car is contolling you. Windows rolled down, top open, kids smiling in the back and fun music playing. I miss the smiles and waves of people as I drove along. As I drove by little kids smiled and waved and I gave the horn a little ‘toot’.
Well, the Mini days are over and I certainly can’t complain about the new car. Its a great car and I am sure we will enjoy it but the small twinge in my heart for the ole Mini will linger for a while.