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Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CANVASS - Michele Craw­shaw

I can still re­mem­ber the li­cence plate num­ber of my first car: DG9905. It was a 1969 Dat­sun Blue­bird with bench seat in the front, nick­named the Smurf­mo­bile for its vivid blue paint­work. My fa­ther had bought the car off a bloke down the road for $600. He cut out the rust, bogged it and, be­ing a painter, used his large spray­paint­ing ma­chine to coat it in the bright­est paint hue he could find in the garage. I loved it. The car was my farewell present from Dad as I left home, aged 17, to take up my first job as a jour­nal­ist at the Thames Star. It’s still the best car I’ve ever owned — it never broke down, not even on the count­less trips back and forth from Thames to Auck­land and for a long while it was the only car I had owned and never writ­ten-off in an ac­ci­dent (the next three cars — two Mit­subishi Mi­rages and a Ford Tel­star — all went that way). For­tu­nately my driv­ing skills have im­proved greatly since then.

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