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.
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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.