Journal: How Has Your Mom Influenced Your Automotive Taste?

How Has Your Mom Influenced Your Automotive Taste?

By Yoav Gilad
May 8, 2014
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I enjoy working on cars and I can attribute that to watching and helping my dad work on cars when I was growing up. But he has always had a practical view of cars, to him they were appliances or tools to accomplish an objective, and maintenance and repairs were the means to keep that tool humming. But, to my financial detriment, I’ve always been bored by the practical. My cars have always had a certain style, performance level, and have made a statement.

This I owe completely to my mother. I grew up hearing stories about her family’s road trips throughout Mexico, her sister’s Ford Mustang, and her own brownish-purple Dinalpin (as it was known in Mexico, or the Alpine A110 elsewhere). These were cars with verve! They got me excited about cars in general and epic drives through sunny, faraway places with strange names. I think there is a direct relationship between my editorship here and the passion for autos and adventure that she instilled in me. So this Mother’s Day, I’ll thank her for the usual–her warmth, understanding, and love–but I’ll also have to thank her for my style and love of all things automotive.

As this coming Sunday is Mothers’ Day in the US, please share how (if at all) your mom has influenced your automotive tastes.

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Erik Dandanell
Erik Dandanell
[b]My Moms cars – one stands out.[/b] In general my mom has had mostly “moms cars”, ie, VW Beatles, VW rear engine station wagons, Volvo station wagons, Ford Fiestas. All depending on the size of the family or what was appropriate depending on where we lived. Quite straight forward choices in other words except for one. During 1975-1977 we lived in Teheran – odd place, beautiful surroundings, fabulous food but horrible air pollution. Back then you either drove a locally produced car (Citroen Dyane, Opel Rekord – badged “Chevrolet Iran”, Peugeot, Paykan – Hilman Hunter), some mid-sized American brand or… Read more »
Llohan Esburgo Llamas
Llohan Esburgo Llamas

My mom used to drive a vw 79, and my pather dosnt, so i felt kind of shame when my mom pick us somewhere, when she started to teach me how to drive, i spend like 2 weeks learning, i wanted pretty bad, but i guess i had my father influence,finally made it, now am a car guy

John Cochran
John Cochran
My mom isn’t a car girl, but she is a Porsche girl. She fell in love with 911’s at a young age and shared this love with me as I grew up. When I was 7 she bought a beautiful black 72 911T which she kept for 8 years. I loved that car, and so did she. Eventually she tired of driving such a physical car and the car was used less and less until she sold it. Fifteen years later I bought my first Porsche, a 96 911, and she was ecstatic. I’m still trying to get her to… Read more »
Benjamin Shahrabani
Benjamin Shahrabani

Maybe someone knows your car on the Rennlist?

JohnnyMayday

Mom took me out for my first driving lessons, on our four-speed (push-button overdrive) Volvo 240. While I was in high school, she drove a black on black Nissan 240SX and loved it. She’s never considered herself an enthusiast, but I’ll always remember watching her gracefully recover a skid after hitting a patch of snow when I was little.

Doug Fogler
Doug Fogler
My mom helped cultivate my love of cars from a pretty early age. Her first car was a 1968 Mercury Cougar with a 289 V-8 and she would often fondly recount her pleasant driving experiences with this car. Later she was the motivation behind making not one, but two Peugeot purchases. We owned back-to-back Peugeot 505 station wagons at a time when it seemed that everyone had Volvos or GM “land yachts”. I thought both displayed great industrial design and character and a unique style that I appreciate more and more as time passes. I also loved that its well… Read more »
Ib Erik Soderblom
Ib Erik Soderblom
None, what so ever ! My Mom is conservative and non-passionate about cars. She wants everything to have it’s original and well known place in the car. But she also only want new cars… Meaning, that she stays with the same brand for year after year after year, and she doesn’t get, why I change cars practically every year and have three very different ones. Well she gets why I love my Alfa 156 V6, it’s so beautiful, but since it’s ridiculously expensive to just own, even more so when I drive it, she does’nt understand why I hang on… Read more »
Alex Diaz
Alex Diaz
My mom was a seamstess and would go on two hour each way to pick up clothes (usually in one of her big station wagons. Being a single mom she not only had to put food on the table, but also took on to repairing her own cars after getting fed up waiting for my uncle (and probably not to hear him bitch). She was also the one that provided me my vast collection of Hot Wheels. I don’t remember a lot about her she passed in 95′ when I was seven, only the most sweet things. Like when we… Read more »
Rod S
Rod S

My mom was, and is, a huge influence on my automotive taste. She loves sports cars and she taught me how to drive stick. While post parents fear their kids having sports cars, my mom bought me a Celica and then a bright red MR2 as my first two cars. As a surprise present after getting my dream job, she even surprised me with an STI (which we both drove). So yeah, we’re both addicts of fun cars. Two years ago, I bought her an Opel Manta that we’re still (paying somebody) to restore today.

Brent Bonfiglio
Brent Bonfiglio

My mom was a HUGE influence on the way that I thought about cars… in the early 70’s , when I was growing up,she drove a 1973 audi fox and a 1976 Citroen SM whick she drove until 2003 …. she loved anything sporty and unconventional…. My first car was a an 1966 landrover…… I drove that car for 16 years… until I bought another land rover…. which I have now had for 16 years…. I just love cars with soul… and I owe it all to my mom..( my father only drove Buick’s)….

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia
My mom was definitely a big influence on me when it came to cars. I was 4 years-old, and we were living in Tehran, when one day my mom came home with a brand new 1974 BMW 2002 in light green. I can’t describe the excitement I felt when I saw that 2002 in front of our house. I fantasized driving it like a mad man. From then on, I was obsessed with cars, and throughout the years, my mom continued to drive sports coupes such as a ’79 M-B 450SLC, ’86 BMW 635 CSi, and back to more M-B… Read more »
Cyprian Costelloe
Cyprian Costelloe

Mine did in a big way, for starters I sent her to an auction to buy a bike, came home with a scooter that she taught me to fix, helped me buy my first motor bike, a suzuki. Taught me how to drive, then bought me a Citroen DS.

Benjamin Shahrabani
Benjamin Shahrabani
My mom is a creature of habit I believe. She would always get a model of car and then get its successor. That way, it would be something new but not so much different that it would be jarring to her. I am the same way – she knows what she likes, I know what I like – and we stick with it. I would also say my mom instilled in me my fastidious nature as it applies to caring for my car(s). She always keeps her cars CLEAN, and SERVICED. I do the same, knowing that if I treat… Read more »
Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

I love my mother dearly i really do but if i can be honest she has very little if no influence on my auto taste. She doesnt even know how to drive 😀 and could care less what Im driving just as long as i get her where she needs to go :p

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
For me it’s probably the other way around. The eleven year old version of me convinced my Mum she needed a new Peugeot 205GTI. Obviously as an eleven year old and too young to drive the fact that the 85 model 205GTI didn’t come with power steering and my Mum found it hard to manoeuvre at parking speeds was irrelevant to that fact it looked cool and all the motoring mags raved about them. The 17 year old version of me convinced her to replace it with a Citroen AX GT. Light steering (actually light everything) but my Mum hated… Read more »
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