Five generations talk about their first wheels
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.
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