Giveaway time!

WINNERS! Comments 35 and 68 were chosen by Winners have been emailed.

Sorry no posting today.

I spent the day on the North Shore with some other local bloggers performing small acts of kindness for strangers. I’ll write more about that tomorrow.

First though, I have tickets to give away! Woo!

Have you ever heard of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix? I learned recently that it’s not just one race event; its actually made up of bunches of smaller events leading up to the big race, and all of those events give their proceeds to charity.

I’m giving away four tickets to one of those pre-events.

The details!

1. Two winners will receive two free tickets to The Grand Prix Tuneup held July 21 at Bossa Nova from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 each, so this giveaway is valued at $140.

2. The event features tapas, cocktails, and Johnny B and the Accelerators providing music. You can go here to see pictures from last year. CUTE. BABES.

3. Over 20 rare and unique cars will be on exhibit in front of Bossa Nova during this event. You’ll be able to meet the drivers as well!

4. Proceeds from this event benefit the Autism Society and Allegheny Valley School.

To enter, just leave a comment, one per valid email, and tell me what your first car was.

Mine was my “college car” used for trips to and from Texas, a blue piece of crap Mercury Tracer that had no air conditioning and that was possibly powered by gerbils in the engine. And then when you turned on the vent, the gerbils would stop cranking the engine and would turn around and blow hot air in your face. True story.

Go comment and good luck! You have until tomorrow, Thursday, at 5:00 p.m. to enter!


  1. Matt
    July 15, 2010 10:32 am

    1966 Ford Falcon Futura. Terrible transmission, holes rotted through the floor so I could generate extra power Flintstone-style. I think I bought it for what I currently pay for a full tank of gas.

  2. Jen
    July 15, 2010 10:35 am

    Ford Escort – loved it!

  3. Margie
    July 15, 2010 10:35 am

    This first car I drove was my dad’s 85 Rabbit GTI, man I loved that car with the five speed.

    The first car that was all mine, was a Nissan Stanza that was passionate pink with a five speed.

  4. Jill
    July 15, 2010 10:37 am

    My first car was a 1989 Ford Tempo. The year was 2002. The transmission ended up blowing up!

  5. Robin
    July 15, 2010 10:37 am

    ’77 Emerald Green Chevy Impala. I got it when I moved back from NYC in ’90. Loved, loved that car!

  6. Baba Wawa
    July 15, 2010 10:52 am

    1976 honda civic…the muffler kept falling off and my neighbor would fix it for free so i’d quit waking him up!

  7. Loopy
    July 15, 2010 10:55 am

    White and rusted 1969 Chevy Nova. Used it to visit family from Franklin/Oil City Area to Pittsburgh area. That was a fun time driving on I-79. Father-in_law caught the back seat on fire when he was doing some body work for us. Drove it for a long time with out a back seat.

  8. geeves
    July 15, 2010 10:56 am

    My first car was a 1981 Mazda 626. Absolutely no acceleration and was rear-wheel drive. That made it fun on the ice.

  9. emilie
    July 15, 2010 10:56 am

    A silver 2000 Honda Civic DX lovingly named the Silver Bullet when I graduated from college and got my first job.

  10. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    July 15, 2010 10:58 am

    I actually have two — the first car I bought, I never got to drive. It was a 196? light green Dodge Dart that I got at a car auction for $500 that actually blew up as my dad was driving it home. My first car that I purchased and got to drive was a 1974 blue Ford Gran Torino for $750 from my cousin. I wanted to learn to drive before leaving for college in 1986. (My parents haven’t had a car for 30 years and my dad said we could get our own if we could pay for it and the insurance.)

    I loved that Gran Torino despite it falling apart (literally). You could actually see through the floor on the passenger side. It died in a Mellon Bank drive through ATM. My dad came and jump started the car and as he was driving me back to college, it died again on the Ft. Pitt Boulevard. He got it parked on Smithfield Street, pulled the plate and VIN tags and left it there.

  11. LuAnn
    July 15, 2010 11:00 am

    Chevy Impala

    The body was decent, the upholstery was crap…
    but the radio/speakers rocked! And back in the 70s, that was good enough for me.

  12. Heather
    July 15, 2010 11:07 am

    1979 Mercury Monarch (Pimp, Jr.)- I was born in 1976 and this car was gifted to me in 1994. I could lay on the hood and my feet didn’t hang over. No tilt on the bench seat so I had to sit on pillows so that I could see over the enormous dash. I looked like a pimp.

  13. Erin
    July 15, 2010 11:10 am

    The first car I drove with any regularity was our 1982 Buick LeSabre full size station wagon. Complete with peeling fake wood paneling. I shared it with my sister and we called it “The Moose.” It was so old that the ignition was stripped and could be started without a key.

  14. Gina
    July 15, 2010 11:11 am

    I had a 1989 Saab that my parents gave me as a gift on the day before my 17th birthday (this was in 2000). The next day (on said birthday) I went outside before school, excited to go pick up my friends in my “new” car, and it wouldn’t start. We ended up getting a ride in that day with my dad, and my parents had to junk the car and buy me a new one – a 1987 Saab which I named Sydney, that I had for the next 2 years until some girl hit me and totaled it – on the day she got her driver’s license.

  15. Nicole T.
    July 15, 2010 11:16 am

    1997 Ford Explorer. v8. First car I drove, first car I learned to parallel park in (take THAT pittsburgh), first car I still have. First car I sank over $2000 into at one time. First $2000 I spent at one time. First car I’ll ever replace.

  16. Carpetbagger
    July 15, 2010 11:21 am

    Mine was also a “college car” and also used for trips to and from Texas–but to Chicago on the northern end.

    It was a school bus-orange Volkswagen Rabbit. Like a ’72. First year they made it. Only year they made it with a carburetor. Went fuel injection after that, and they actually began working. Not mine.

  17. aDerek
    July 15, 2010 11:25 am

    A 1980-something Honda Civic wagon. Purchased for 500 large. The previous owner threw in the special dog hair coating on the upholstery for free! Eventually, the rear axle snapped 50 yards away from a junkyard, so I pushed her on in and collected $75 for the scrap. R.I.P., Old Bessie!

  18. Ali
    July 15, 2010 11:37 am

    1998 Black Pontiac Sunfire… I so loved that car. Still have the key (it was totaled, but not by me)!

  19. Lyra
    July 15, 2010 11:44 am

    mazda 626!

  20. Julie B.
    July 15, 2010 11:56 am

    My first car was a 1991 Chevy Cavalier. The only outside marking was the Chevy logo on the front. It was a dingy gray color that my dad called “faded gunmetal”. The back seat was covered in cigarette burns but it had a CD player and mediocre AC!

  21. Megan
    July 15, 2010 11:59 am

    Mine was a brand new Toyota Tercel that I had “earned” by keeping a 4.0 through high school. 4 months later, I totaled it and learned a very valuable lesson about how to regain control of your car after you start to skid. That lesson was “Don’t do what you just did, ever ever again.” Actually, two lessons. The other one was “Don’t buy cars that squish like tomatoes when you have a relatively low-speed accident.”

  22. Kathy
    July 15, 2010 11:59 am

    1989 F-150, dual tank.

    1 tank didn’t work and the other got about 8/gallon.

    Bought it for $4200, put $2800 worth of repairs into it and sold it for $3500. In 2.5 years, I put about 700 miles on it because it was in the shop all the time. Awesome.

    Blew a pumpkin joint through the floor of the cab at 55 mph. Dropped the drive shaft but it fell just off center so it didn’t pitch-pole the truck. True story.

  23. ShanLin1022
    July 15, 2010 12:11 pm

    My first car was a fire engine red 1989 Jeep Cherokee.
    And I honest to god died my hair to match the color of the jeep, I loved it THAT.MUCH.
    I have pictures.

  24. AModelCitizen
    July 15, 2010 12:19 pm

    A 1980 ford mustang. Unfortunately I got it in 1992, it was a 4 banger, and it put 3(?) head gaskets on it, and then there were the times the accelerator would stick… times

  25. Jenn
    July 15, 2010 12:20 pm

    My first car was a 1978 Volvo Bertone. As a joke we called it the “Silver Bullet” when driving up a steep hill, my passengers could jump out and run faster than the car with the gas pedal to to the floor!

  26. Jared
    July 15, 2010 12:39 pm

    my first car was one i labored at giant eagle to buy parts to restore it with. it started as a “basket-case” found in a barn in west by-god virginia for $400, and ended up a pretty solid daily driver. i had to sell it to pay for books in college. it was a 1976 BMW 2002.

  27. Tim Lesher
    July 15, 2010 12:42 pm

    1981 Ford Escort (in 1993). Black, with pink go-fast stripes. It was the only thing on the lot I could afford, and the “dealer” said, “oh, that oil? I just changed it and, uh, must have spilled some.”

    Turns out the joke was on him: I didn’t really have to change the oil at all, because I had to put a fresh quart in every two weeks. And there was the minor detail of the missing hose that should have been between the air filter and the engine (“hmm… if I accelerate REALLY gently, it doesn’t stall…”). And the exhaust that literally fell off the car in the middle of the street two months later.

  28. JC
    July 15, 2010 1:06 pm

    My first car was a red Chevy Blazer. It lasted three hours before I succesfully avoided a chipmik and succesfully hit a telephone pole. Thankfully, the chipmunk and I made it unscathed, the car, however, did not.

  29. Jen
    July 15, 2010 1:08 pm

    Mine was “The Peanut”, a red Subaru Justy. It was the smallest car ever and I loved it dearly. It was so small, that the one time I wrecked it, I flipped it on its side and me and one other friend were able to push it back on 4 wheels. And it hit 100 MPH one time on a trip to Erie full of passengers.

  30. efw_west
    July 15, 2010 1:23 pm

    acura integra

  31. SusanV
    July 15, 2010 1:33 pm

    My first car was a red Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme that I had to share with my sister (2 years older). The passenger window didn’t go down and it was spotty on other electrical issues, but it was a good car! :-)

  32. Aimee
    July 15, 2010 2:07 pm

    Mine was a 1980 something Nissan Sentra hatchback. It was a great car accept that the front axle kept breaking.

  33. Maggie
    July 15, 2010 2:20 pm

    1990 Chrysler LeBaron. It was maroon with maroon seats. It was a convertible though!

  34. Pat Bateman
    July 15, 2010 2:25 pm

    A rusty ’73 VW Beetle convertible

  35. spazzums
    July 15, 2010 2:50 pm

    1980’s Oldsmobile Omega. It was off white with maroon seats. Worst part is that it only had an AM radio.

  36. BrieCS
    July 15, 2010 2:51 pm

    OMG CARS. I had a Chevy Astro van. :(

    e-mail is bravocharliesierra at gmail dot com.

  37. Caitlin
    July 15, 2010 4:33 pm

    It was a ’92 Camry Wagon..named Gertrude. Faithful to the end.

  38. Barb
    July 15, 2010 4:44 pm

    1985 Pontiac Sunbird turbo convertible… sounded awesome at the time until the paint started pealing so it looked like a zebra. Although it was red/black to match the school colors so it looked good with 5 cheerleaders hanging out of it!

  39. JenEngland
    July 15, 2010 5:06 pm

    My first car was a Dodge Lancer. My ex husband fried the engine. It was a good car though.

  40. Barb
    July 15, 2010 5:57 pm

    I should win as my first car was a dodge aspen, voted The. Worst. Car. Ever.

  41. cmitch
    July 16, 2010 9:17 am

    A beautiful ’92 Cavalier that found its way to a telephone pole :(

  42. S
    July 16, 2010 11:04 am

    1995 1/2 (yes, they names did a 1/2 model year) Isuzu Rodeo. I crashed it a few times but it made it to 100K before I sold it.

  43. S
    July 16, 2010 11:04 am

    95 1/2 (yes, they names did a 1/2 model year) Isuzu Rodeo. I crashed it a few times but it made it to 100K before I sold it.