Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for Varoom

V-day for the A to Z Challenge.

Outside of the centerfold in Playboy, nothing makes a male's heart pound faster than something that goes Varoooooom!

Add a motor to anything with wheels and almost every time my eyes will light up and I'll utter, "Ohhh, I like that! I want one!"

Even the contraption above looks like it would be fun to ride around town.

I've owned and driven my share of motorized vehicles. Can you top this list of some of my more unusual varoomers?

  • A Cushman motorscooter (when I was in high school)
  • An old English Ford and a 1960 English Ford Anglia
  • A 1963 Sunbeam Alpine sports car
  • A 1963 Pontiac convertible with a big police V8 in it
  • Farmall, John Deere and Allison tractors
  • Caterpillar bulldozer
  • Snowmobiles
  • Boats with big outboards
  • Riding lawnmowers (even though I had a very small lot to mow)
  • Motorcycles - big and small (like a Honda Trail 90)
  • A 1963 VW bus (where I used a brick on the accelerator for cruise control)
  • A 1995 Dodge Custom Van (which I still own and drive)
  • Owned a late model stock car (but never drove it in a race)
  • Gocarts (love zipping around with my butt only 2 inches off the ground)

I've seen a bright yellow motorcycle with yellow enclosed sidecar a few times in the neighborhood recently. Awesome! Even the motorized bicycle I see once in a while looks like it would be a blast to ride. At the car show in January, I fell in love with the Hyundai Equus. What a car!

I really only need one thing: to win the Lotto. Then I can buy a place with a ten-car garage and fill it! Come back tomorrow for a list of what I'd like to have.

What kind of things that goes Varooooom have you owned?


  1. Hi, Well, I had a riding mower that i really enjoyed zooming around mowing my big one acre yard, over the uneven ground, when I was in my early 70's. My kids worried about my speed on it. They thought I was too old for such shenanigans. Hah! Now I just tool around in a little Red Toyota Yaris. Best regards to you. Happy trails to you! Ruby aka Grammy

  2. I Like to test drive kick ass cars woe to them that come along !

  3. I don't remember the years, I remember their nicknames (yellow Sunbeam Alpine was Buttercup), quirks (the Kharman Ghia who's horn honked when you turned left) and stuff like that. LOL!

    1. Donna, I never have named my cars, although whenever they happened to break down, they got called names for sure. My Alpine was blue. I saw a little old lady driving a Kharman Ghia a week ago and going like a bat out of hell. (She obviously was having a ball with it!) I did have an Opel Rallye Kadet with a bright yellow racing stripe down the center of it -- my CB handle while driving it was Bumblebee.

  4. My senior year in high school, I had a candy apple red 1970 Kharmann Ghia. Despite its sleek appearance, it had the engine power of a John Deere lawnmower:)

    1. Same for the '63 VW Bus that I mentioned above. It would do maybe 60 mph with a tailwind; barely 50 mph with a headwind. That's why I used a red brick on the accelerator as a cruise control to run it wide open on the open road.

  5. My husband is an ol' gearhead, and after retirement, got back to building project cars again, so we've got plenty of VROOM right now. My favorite is the rat rod, though ... a 1930 Model A built on an S-10 chassis. The bed is made from the cedar from our old hot tub, and the grill came from a 1958 Mercedes. Under the hood, it is an absolute masterpiece monster, and that baby can reeeeeally move. VROOM, VROOM, indeed!

    Nice to meet you. I stopped by with the A-Z, but I'll be signing on as your newest follower before I burn rubber outta here. Good luck with the rest of the challenge.