With all the talk of automobiles going on in the ‘What book are you reading’ thread I figured was call for a place for the petrol heads among us to do their thing without having to muscle out Dostoyevsky and his mates.
I have to be honest and confess I’ve never really been a car man but I did have a two year love affair with a pale blue temptress that was my very first car. I learned to drive in Australia and during one of my spells there as an impressionable 20 year old I bought my first set of wheels. $200 got me a 1974 HQ Holden Belmont. 6 cylinder, bench seats, 3 speed column shift and, even though it was only 6 years old, already rusted to f**k. The paint job was so oxidised it had transformed into a patchwork quilt of every hue from cobalt blue to bleached white and it handled like a petulant donkey. But lord I loved that car. If I won the lottery tomorrow and could have any car I wanted I’d get me another one of those.
I have a couple of old photos of her somewhere but don’t currently have a scanner so these pics from the old interweb will have to suffice as a clue to her old school charms.