Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Drive Down Memory Lane: Family Cars

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week the mission was:

1)  Drive down Memory Lane – what were your family cars – from childhood to now, year, model, color, features.  Can you remember?

2)  Share your memories with us in your own blog post, in a Facebook post or a comment on this post.  Please comment on this post if you write somewhere else.

The first car I remember dad having (mum didn’t drive) was a blue Holden.  It was the same color as our house.  I don’t know which series or year the car was made.

First camping trip
Our first camping trip at Kilcunda 1969

In 1972, dad bought a white Holden Belmont. I’m not sure what series Holden it was.  Dad let me drive the car after I got my license, but I was taught to drive by a driving instructor.  Dad’s car was a manual, but I was never very good at driving a manual, so my own cars have always been automatics.

Photo taken at our home in 1977

Dad still had this car in 1988 when dad and mum moved to Wonthaggi.  He later replaced the car, but I’m not sure when or what make and model the new car was.  Dad stopped driving in 2004, after running his car off the road.  He was 81 years old.

My first car was a 1974 Datsun 120Y.  I bought this car in 1983, and had the car until 1996.  My husband and I drove the car to Adelaide for our honeymoon, and we drove to Brisbane and back twice in the car.  The second time we drove to Brisbane, we had our daughter with us.  I found out I was pregnant with our second child when we got back to Melbourne.

My Datsun 120Y, taken on our honeymoon in 1985

In 1996, the Datsun started blowing smoke, so I traded it in for a yellow 1978 Mazda 323.  . I had this car for 4 years, until it was stolen in 2000. I hadn’t bothered to have the car insured, until I had a dream about my car getting stolen, so I decided to get the car insured.  A few weeks after I arranged the insurance on the car, the car was stolen.  I don’t have a photo of this car.

I replaced the Mazda in 2000 with a white 1986 Ford Telstar.  It was when I bought this car that we also moved from Coburg to Preston, so we would be closer to my daughter’s school in Bulleen.  I don’t have a photo of this car either.

In 2005, the Telstar was having problems, so I decided to trade it in and get another car, and I bought a red Ford Laser.  I think it was built in 1988.   I wasn’t working at this time, so the car didn’t get used very often.

In December 2009, my son had written off his first car in an accident, and I wanted to buy a newer car, so I gave him the Laser, and bought myself a blue 1995 Ford Laser.  I don’t have a photo of this car either.

My next car was a 1999 Holden Vectra, which I bought in November 2010.  I gave the 1995 Laser to my son, as the old Laser had broken down.  I don’t have a very good photo of this car.

Photo of Vectra taken from lounge room window

I have a better photo of the inside of the car.

Photo of me inside the Vectra
Photo of me inside the Vectra

I had the Vectra until it broke down in January 2016, and I couldn’t afford to fix it, so I ended up getting rid of it. I have been without a car since then, as I can’t afford to buy another car.

The Ford Laser I gave my son broke down shortly after the Vectra did, so he is now driving my ex-husband’s old car.  I don’t have any details about what sort of car my son drives.  I also don’t have details about my ex-husband’s cars.

I have had 6 cars over the 34 years since I bought my first car.  I had my first car for 13 years, and I have had 5 different cars in the last 21 years.

Background of featured image is a photo from Unsplash – Photo by Caleb Whiting