Thursday, August 11, 2016

My Favourite Vehicle LBC 08/12/2016

The  discerning reader will see that this topic is from Ramana. 

I cannot give  only one - I  must offer three.  The first two I actually owned and lastly there is my all time favorite vehicle. First up is my very first car - a 1956 MGA. Yes -  I did fit in it and I loved it. In case you are wondering, I got in it one leg at a time -just like everyone. My friends and I were all sports car buffs - MGA, MG Midget, Sunbeam Alpine, Triumph gts Spitfire. We used to participate in ralleys on Friday nights - great fun.
Those were events where you were given a list of coded instructions and you drive around looking for pie plates with more codes on them. There was a scoring system and my friend Lyn and I picked up a few trophies.

Interestingly enough my  fave vehicle led directly to my second favorite. My friend Dave Wolfer lived up the street from me and he had a Honda 450 motorcycle. He also had a girlfriend which at the time I did not so we worked out a trade. He got my MGA, I got his Honda on Friday and Saturday nights.. When I moved to Hawaii I purchased my number two  a, Suzuki 550.
 I have often joked the way to make  Suzuki 550 look like a Honda 50 is to put me on it. That's my mom in the pic as well. To this day I remember the day the big waves came up at Waimea Bay and I took the  afternoon off to go see them. I stopped at Matsumoto's  Shave Ice for a little bit of heaven (if you have ever had a shave ice you know what I mean) and then went to Waimea Bay and was absolutely awed by the giant waves. Another fave thing to do was go to the beach where the glider school had their student pilots swooping and gliding - very impressive stuff. Since Lynn was not a fan of motorcycles, I was somewhat surprised she readily agreed to let me buy one- LOL. Maybe I should have  checked for extra life insurance policies.

My all time favorite vehicle is the Shelby Cobra - either version will do (289 or 427 cubic inch engine) and looks just like this
Sex appeal, muscle -  sigh. When I worked at McDonalds our assistant manager, Greg Nakagawa, had a 289 Cobra. It wasn't quite as pretty as this one but it was great none the less. This is also my favorite color combination. Up to 600HP. And you know you need all that power. It is the reason I keep buying the occasional lottery ticket. It is the last of my bucket list. Clearly the stuff dreams  are made of. At least mine.

That's it for this weeks LBC post. Check Ramana's here.


  1. I knew that you would write about the motorcycles! The cars come as a surprise though you being an American, it should not. I used to pine for a Jaguar any model but could never afford one! Still cannot.

  2. I had a 1960 MG for a short time, then I was transferred over seas and had to give it back.

  3. I owned an MG Midget too and it still is my favorite car I have ever owned. There is something about being in such a tiny car with all that power. I loved being able to drive it along the coast, it gave you the feeling that you were flying along the waters edge like a bird with no worries.