Having Muscle

When I met Owl he warned me that he was something of a petrol head. He has a passion for American Muscle cars. At that time he owned a Ford Mustang which he drove as his every day car. Not a cheap car to run I can tell you, I think it averaged about 15 to 18 miles to the gallon but he loved it. He had had the car for a long time 12 years I believe. But after his mother died he needed a bigger more practical car for carting stuff to the tip etc. This was just not going to cut the mustard as they say. Besides being a true American car it was left hand drive.RIMG0282

One thing I didn’t want to do was drive left hand. He wanted me to be able to drive his car. I shall never forget the time we were driving up a dual carriage way and he decided to overtake the vehicle ahead. I couldn’t get used to being in the right hand seat and not being able to see into the rear view mirror so I looked into the wing mirror. Where I saw a flash of silver metal growing at a rate of knots in my mirror. How I didn’t faint or worse have a heart attack (I am getting old you know) I shall never understand. He just managed to get back into the inside lane by the skin of our teeth.

Now because we needed a bigger vehicle and I refuse to drive a left hand car on roads built for right hand drive cars, you could be forgiven for thinking we would get a  van or a traditional range rover or any one of the now popular ‘Chelsea Tractors’ that flood our suburban streets. But remember I said at the beginning of this post Owl likes American cars. We bought an American Truck. A Chevrolet Blazer LT to be exact. My first thoughts when we test drove it were ‘please don’t make me drive it’ . It is some what bigger than my Toyota Corolla Hatchbacktoyota_corolla But sure enough we had not been in it for long when he stopped got out and came around to my side of the truck and told me to get in the driver’s seat and drive it. With much trepidation I did, and hey it was ok, a little scary but I managed it.

Now nearly a year later my little car has gone to the great car heaven somewhere else having had the engine catch fire whilst my son was driving her (I am so glad it wasn’t me). The car I drive every day is our big beautiful black blazer.Blazer

Owl loves it when he hears me drive up the road he says the burble she makes with her V6  4.3ltr is almost as good as his V8  5ltr Mustang. But he does say that I do look very small in the driver’s seat.

Owl does say that he would love to get another mustang one day possibly either a Shelby GT350 or a 1966 Eleanor.

What car do you drive and if you could choose the car of your dreams what would it be. Mine used to be a white triumph stag but these days I am looking more for the comfort of an X type Jaguar.(any colour).

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3 comments on “Having Muscle

  1. Mart Dawson says:

    A man after my own heart, mine to is a left hander, I shall be driving it very carefully trust me. There will be moments of course. I have been told that my 289 v8 that is fitted with a rather large Holley 600 cfm 4 barrel carb, will do a massive 12 – 15mpg. It’s not miles per gallon, it’s more Smiles per gallon. As for colour, original wouldn’t be bad, but black just seems to suit the car better. If you look at my vote for the Mustang section there is a black 66 coupe that I want mine to look like. The dilemma rages on. Lol.
    Great post, and I do like his car he had. Impeccable taste. 🙂

    • Thanks for that, I was just showing him the mustangs on your blog it is impossible to vote for the best one. I quite like both the Eleanor and the 2000 GT. The 67 fastback I could live with too but he doesn’t approve of the colour apparently highland green would be better. His choices on the other hand are the 69 Fastback Boss or the 1971 Mach1.

      He also in a previous life had a Corvette

      • Mart Dawson says:

        It’s quite funny, when presented with a choice there are so many. I love Eleanor, I also to love the gt350. I just want one of each classic for every day of the week.
        I had a look for green, a nice dark green metalic wouldn’t be to bad. Lol

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