Are you in love with your motor? …


When I was seventeen, I took out a small loan and bought my very first car, a white VW Beetle (like the one above).  I went with my then boyfriend, Scott, to view it.  I hadn’t even passed my driving test, but it was love at first sight.

I knew I had to have her.  Bessy, as she became known, was my love. She had been customised by the previous owner, and had rad bucket seats and a massive noisy exhaust which made the engine back fire at the most dreadful moments (think passing a queue of people at a night club and giving them all a shock!). Yeah, that was me!

Sadly, I didn’t pass my driving test first time, nor second but actually on my fourth! ahem! I was too busy, to be bothered, and my poor little Bessy sat forlorn on my parents drive until she rotted away and was in the end scrapped. What was I thinking?


Move forward five years to backpacking around Australia.  My travelling companion, Layla, and I bought a 1978 Holden Kingswood estate, which we named Kassie.  What a beast, a true traveller car. Originally beige, the colour of it’s decade, we set to spray painting it metallic silver.  It was like a bright shiny air stream car by the time we finished.

Kassie was famous, we took her on a huge journey down the East coast of Australia and into the outback, taking various travelling buddies on route.  The boot was so large that we could fit a double mattress and there we camped out in the wilderness, two girls and super cool machine.

Nowadays, my life isn’t so wild.  We drive a blue Ford Mondeo Estate, without a name. It’s just our car… how times have changed!

Does you car have a name?  The Co-op Insurance have launched an on-line tool, called ‘Name Your Ride’ so now you can create a ‘name’ for your car. Start by answering an array of questions associated with your car and your car’s name will be revealed.

So, my motor is now called: FOREST – nice!

This post is a collaborative post with Co-op insurance.

All images are via Pinterest.

Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog

Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.

  • My first car in 1972 was a blue VW Beetle. Now I drive Frida a cyber green VW Beetle that I’ve had from new for 12 years.
    She started her life in Mexico, hence her name after Frida Kahlo the Mexican artist. From there she went Germany for her electrics, was then shipped to Hull UK and has lived in Rossendale, Lancashire ever since.
    I will be devastated when I have to give her up. Everyone knows me in it and I never lose her in a carpark

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