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. Suz
    July 14, 2010 6:16 pm

    My beloved silver Chevy Monza.

  2. StacyfrPgh
    July 14, 2010 6:17 pm

    My first car was from my grandmother. 1974 Baby blue Caddy with white leather interior. We could pack 11 girls into it. Also, bench seats for um, seating, yeah, that’s it.

  3. Emily
    July 14, 2010 6:29 pm

    My first car was a purple 4-door Cavalier that my sister and I inherited from our grandparents. It had a “World War II Served With Pride” license plate frame, thus giving her the nickname “The Vet.” Well, The Vet is no more, but the license plate frame still lives on firmly attached to my sister’s Nissan.

  4. unsatisfied
    July 14, 2010 6:30 pm

    ’77 ron burgundy red pontiac grand prix.

    V-8 engine.

    2-door (largest doors ever).

    velvet seats.

    8-track tape player.

    CB radio (with requisite PA speaker under the hood, so we could cruise the chicks around north park lake).

    God, I loved that car…..

  5. owlgirl
    July 14, 2010 6:35 pm

    Mine was a green Jeep Cherokee. And I’m glad you had fun today!

  6. Ms Lee
    July 14, 2010 6:38 pm

    My little 2-door ’93 Chevy Cavalier. It was that terrible teal color that was only popular in the early 90s, the dashboard vibrated like crazy when it went over 50mph, and fitting more than 5 people in it required a blessing from God (which came frequently, especially in college).

    It was a POS, but it was _my_ POS.. I still miss that car!

  7. Lauren
    July 14, 2010 6:41 pm

    2000 Ford Focus. It was such a great little car!

  8. bluzdude
    July 14, 2010 6:50 pm

    Too funny… I was just writing about my first cars. this week…

    Mine was a 1976 Honda Civic hatchback, 5-speed, manual choke knob, baby-poo brown.

  9. Becky
    July 14, 2010 6:51 pm

    1987 Sterling! I think they only made them for 4 years.

  10. Shane
    July 14, 2010 7:00 pm

    ’74 Chevy Nova. Bought it 1985 for $100.

  11. redram1
    July 14, 2010 7:07 pm

    ’63 Plymouth Belvedere
    Blue with a 383 V8.
    Got my first piece of ass in that car!
    I’ll never forget it…that either! ;)

  12. Linda
    July 14, 2010 7:14 pm

    A 196? Corvair that my Grandfather gave me. Love to have that car back today (37 years later)!

  13. LegallyPgh(Kathy)
    July 14, 2010 7:41 pm

    Mine was a very used Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera that I beat upon very badly through high school

  14. becky
    July 14, 2010 7:55 pm

    A 1991 Cutlass Calais with power seats and pinstriping! I thought I was the bomb. Interestingly, I swear I saw that car — MY CAR — last weekend in East Liberty. Could the Cutlass still be kicking?

  15. cics
    July 14, 2010 7:58 pm

    blue 1978 Plymouth Arrow. It was a stick shift and I had no clue how to drive it! Great little car…

  16. PK
    July 14, 2010 7:58 pm

    Mine was a ’78 AMC Concord that my dad bought so I could drive to high school. It was red with a red crushed (more like maimed) velvet interior, AM radio, and one of those cheap fabric interior roofs that started to peel when the glue gave out. And I ended up breaking one of the leaf springs by trying to cram too many of my friends into it one night.

  17. Stellabella
    July 14, 2010 8:01 pm

    My first car was an ’86 Ford Thunderbird that I purchased myself in 1995. I LOVED that car. It was loaded, power everything. Shortly after we got married, I sold it. I wish I wouldn’t have.

  18. Bob
    July 14, 2010 8:09 pm

    85 Chevy Celebrity Eurosport. Oh the memories made in that car….

  19. BeauJacques
    July 14, 2010 8:15 pm

    1969 Siata Spring (yellow)

  20. Bram R
    July 14, 2010 8:22 pm

    Chevy Cavalier.

  21. Jess
    July 14, 2010 8:22 pm

    My grandmother’s Oldsmobile Cierra Cutlass. I really kind of loved that car. I named it Edna.

  22. jdjules
    July 14, 2010 8:27 pm

    My first car was a 96 cutlass ciera… in 2004. His name was clarence because he looked like a car my pap would drive.

  23. LB
    July 14, 2010 8:44 pm

    In 2000, my first car was a maroon 1988 Chevy Corsica named Velicity

  24. spoon
    July 14, 2010 8:50 pm

    1981 Midnight Blue Monte Carlo with a 350 V8. It met an untimely end with a MACK Truck crossing the center line

  25. Jason
    July 14, 2010 9:03 pm

    Mine was a green 1996 Geo Tracker, which completely doomed me from a style point of view, but it worked really well otherwise. Small, fuel efficient, and didn’t have any serious mechanical problems while I owned it.

  26. Mary
    July 14, 2010 9:14 pm

    1988 silver Toyota Corolla

    It was a stick, so I had to learn to shift in a hurry. I’ve never gone back to driving a car with an automatic transmission.

  27. ClumberKim
    July 14, 2010 9:17 pm

    My first car was a 1981 Subaru DL, previously owned by a state trooper. I hit a racoon with it the first time I drove it. I may not have ever recovered from that. It had one little quirk. The heat only worked if you drove a couple of miles, turned the car off and then turned it back on again. I only shared this little “feature” with car borrowers I liked.

  28. Lisa J
    July 14, 2010 9:19 pm

    I droveother peoples cars until I was 25. I finally bought my very own Toyota Echo. Not only did it have power nothing, it didn’t even come with a tape player. Three months later my husband bought me a decent stereo. But it had four doors, three cup holders, dual air bags, and and automatic transition (sung to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas).

  29. Julie
    July 14, 2010 9:25 pm

    1998 Honda Civic. First car out of college. I still love me a Honda, but that car was a lemon…

  30. mcf
    July 14, 2010 9:25 pm

    1990 geo prism – dark blue – the battery would often die and the only way to revive it was by slamming the trunk shut violently (discovered by accident)

  31. Sooska
    July 14, 2010 9:31 pm

    used red Karmann Ghia convertible baby. I Loved that car.

  32. Marlayna
    July 14, 2010 9:34 pm

    1952 chevrolet bel aire green and cream!

  33. Diane
    July 14, 2010 9:35 pm

    Sundance. Purple-ish maroon.

  34. Daniel Larkin
    July 14, 2010 9:39 pm

    1988 Toyota Camry, blue
    best car ever.

  35. Lauren Larkin
    July 14, 2010 9:40 pm

    1985 Saab 900

  36. Pittsburgh Tom
    July 14, 2010 9:46 pm

    First car I ever drove was a tiny white Honda hatchback that shook when it got near 55mph.

    First car I ever owned (or treated as if I owned it since it was never actually in my name) was a 84 Pontiac station with artificial wood grain paneling. It was a total babe magnet.

  37. Lynn
    July 14, 2010 9:57 pm

    1967 Candy Apple Red Shelby Cobra 350. Awesome car, had to sell it for living expenses and the guy totaled it in less than a week…..

  38. Virginia Hendricks
    July 14, 2010 10:02 pm

    1980 Dodge Aspen. That car was a tank. I miss that car.

  39. Catherine
    July 14, 2010 10:10 pm

    My first car was a 2001 blue, Hyundai Elantra which I totalled in a rainstorm in 2004 Seattle, so yeah it does rain there as much as you think.

    I then proceeded to replace that Hyundai Elantra with an identical 2006 Hyundai Elantra, only this time it had a CD player (ooooh!) and a sunroof. And I have developed an extreme fear of driving on the highway when it rains.

  40. Bitter
    July 14, 2010 10:13 pm

    1986 Pontiac Grand Am in silver. Only had it a month before it died on the way home from Seven Springs. Sigh.

  41. Robin
    July 14, 2010 10:19 pm

    My first car was a red Z28 with T tops…and speed was the only option in that car. It was fabulous, and it was stolen from Century III Mall back in 1985. It was found, but it was never the same….

  42. Jim
    July 14, 2010 10:26 pm

    A 1966 Mercury Comet, with a screaming 190 cubic inch straight six and 3 on the tree. Bought it in 1973 for twenty five bucks. Wasn’t worth that much.

  43. Dee
    July 14, 2010 10:31 pm

    I don’t remember the model but it was some type of Chrysler colored gray primer and definitely had those black louvers on the rear window.

  44. Kayla
    July 14, 2010 10:35 pm

    A gold 1994 Saturn

  45. Reanna
    July 14, 2010 10:49 pm

    2004 blue hyundai elantra.

  46. Susan Braden
    July 14, 2010 10:53 pm

    A urine yellow Mercury Montego, it was a boat!

  47. CarolineFB
    July 14, 2010 10:57 pm

    1970 Midnight Blue Pontiac Grand Prix. She was a beauty.

  48. Stephen
    July 14, 2010 11:00 pm

    My first car was a red Plymouth Caravelle that my father fixed up for me after it had a minor accident. It was awesome mostly because it had a thousand little switches and dials that took up the whole dashboard, none of which did anything more than what my Cobalt can do now with two buttons. I think they tried to make it a futuristic car without having to go all “digital.”

    Also, I could get better mileage out of that car if I pulled up to the station and just starting pumping the gasoline directly onto the asphalt.

  49. Schuyler
    July 14, 2010 11:04 pm

    White Honda Civic, 2-door hatchback, affectionately dubbed, “The Egg.” Stick shift – so fun to learn in Pittsburgh!! :-)

  50. ErinPatricia
    July 14, 2010 11:12 pm

    96 Geo Metro Hatchback.

    I loved and adored that car, I used her to go back and forth from school in NJ and home here.
    I had around 120,000 miles on her when she died.

    I would buy that car again today if I could find one.