Kiwi Hayden Paddon is a rising star in the top level of real-cars-on-real-roads motorsport, the World Rally Championship. And he has some surprisingly good advice on what to look for when you buy your first car.
The first car you bought — what was it and where is it now?
The car I got from my dad at the age of 18 was a 1983 Fiat 131 Supermirafiori. It had four doors, a DOHC engine with roughly 95 horsepower, a five-speed manual and rear-wheel drive. And rust. Still, what better way to start driving? Here's ten.
The first car I ever drove was a 1992 Toyota Camry. Now I'm a total gearhead. Does it help or hurt car enthusiasm to have a totally boring first ride?
We all remember our first car, and although few of us still have it — even fewer of us probably were thoughtful enough to tell that car how we felt about it. But Kelcie Moseley did just that at Thought Catalog. Here's the letter she sent. Write your own in the comments below. —Ed.
Not that long ago, American teen-agers were handed the keys to two tons of trouble and loosed upon on the roads. This is one man's story about the fun he had not getting killed despite himself. — Ed.