Five gen­er­a­tions talk about their first wheels

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KATIE RICHTER, 21 PROJECT OF­FI­CER GEN­ER­A­TION Z: 1990 — NOW My first and cur­rent car is a Hyundai i20. My Pop told me when I was re­ally young that if I didn’t drink or smoke un­til I was 18 he would buy me a brand new car. I was very lucky that I didn’t ac­tu­ally pay for my car. I never gave in to peer pres­sure; I didn’t have a sip of al­co­hol un­til my 18th birth­day and I still haven’t smoked. I’m not very cre­ative when it comes to nam­ing things, so I of­ten re­fer to my car as “green car”. All I ever wanted was a green car. Noth­ing else about it mat­tered as long as it was green. When I first got my car I was ob­sessed with clean­ing it. I thought I was be­ing re­ally pro­duc­tive and so I tried to move it on my own. I re­versed it into the house. I was dev­as­tated and I cried as if my life was over. The dam­age was only a cou­ple of hun­dred dol­lars in paint re­pair. My ma­jor con­cern when learn­ing to drive was ob­tain­ing the com­pul­sory 120 hours. I was el­i­gi­ble for an ex­emp­tion from do­ing all the hours be­cause I didn’t have par­ents to teach to me to drive. I was lucky enough to have a friend’s mum com­mit her time to teach­ing me how to drive and I got all the hours any­way. To­gether we did more than 120 hours of driv­ing on my Ls.

I still have my first car. I’ve done 15 000 in nearly four years. I don’t drive very much. FROM BENCH SEATS TO AIRBAGS, CARS HAVE EVOLVED SIG­NIF­I­CANTLY OVER THE YEARS WITH MORE WOMEN CAR­ING LESS ABOUT PRICE AND MORE ABOUT SAFETY. FIVE SHEP­PAR­TON WOMEN SHARE THEIR STO­RIES ABOUT THEIR FIRST CAR.

IN­TER­VIEWS: TAY­LAH BUR­ROWS

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