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. Becky
    July 14, 2010 11:14 pm

    My first car was a 95 white chevy Corsica.

  2. DG
    July 14, 2010 11:32 pm

    I, too, had Grandma’s Olds Cutlas Ciera, a 1986 model with the fake leather roof and velvet seats. Thing was a tank, and would drive in any weather. I used to go grocery shopping during snowstorms because nobody else would be there. Somebody actually stole this pile o poo from Troy Hill in 1995.

  3. Karen
    July 14, 2010 11:41 pm

    1988 Ford Tempo — crap brown. Oooooooohhhh yeah.

  4. KME
    July 15, 2010 12:37 am

    A maroon Buick Electra. At 16, I blew the engine out near Exit 66 on 279 in the morning on my way to high school and accepted a ride from a greasy guy who worked as a meat packer who drove me (unharmed) to the meat plant to use the phone…

  5. Larry
    July 15, 2010 1:33 am

    Well, I’d like to say that my first car was the ’90 Mustang GT I bought, right out of college, but the truth would be that my “first” first car was a little ’84 Horizon that I (and then my brother) beat up during undergrad days…!

  6. Greg
    July 15, 2010 5:55 am

    71 VW Super Beetle.

  7. Ted
    July 15, 2010 6:54 am

    My car was a 1982 Olds Cutlass Ciera, that at one time had belonged to my grandmother, then my parents purchased it, then my uncle purchased it, and then I bought it, for the princely sum of giving my Super Nintendo to my cousin in exchange!

    I loved it, but my parents then traded it in and I got handed their minivan…

  8. Susan
    July 15, 2010 7:20 am

    My Mom’s old brown Chevy Citation circa 1982? What was even cooler was that she replaced it with a blue Citation, so we were like twins! Ugh!

  9. Dash66
    July 15, 2010 7:21 am

    First car that I drove was a 1972 VW Dasher station wagon. Let me tell you, all the women in my High school were impressed by my driving a 12 year old station wagon, let me tell you.

  10. Padzman
    July 15, 2010 7:35 am

    Pontiac Catalina…or was it the Town and Country Wagon?

  11. Tracy in SC
    July 15, 2010 7:38 am

    1994 Red Geo Tracker named George – after my grandfather. Dad had to drive it off the lot because I didn’t know how to drive a stick. I drove that little thing 115,000 miles, until the wheels fell off… almost literally. The hub assembly on the front passenger side wheel was about to give.

  12. beth
    July 15, 2010 7:47 am

    My first car in 2004 was a 1992 4-door Saturn with no A/C… gotta love those college cars.

  13. Bulldog
    July 15, 2010 8:08 am

    Mine was a 4-year old 1975 Buick Skylark. Silver with a red vinyl top and red velour interior. Nice chrome rims. Man that was an awesome car. Only had it for a year before I went off to the Navy then my little sister took it over. I miss that car.

  14. Jasmine
    July 15, 2010 8:10 am

    My first car is the bus.

    …I should probably learn to drive.

  15. rad552
    July 15, 2010 8:13 am

    1980 powder blue Ford Pinto. Yes, the model with the exploding gas tank.

  16. barbian1
    July 15, 2010 8:21 am

    1992 Saturn SC2 with a moon roof. woot!

  17. Jen
    July 15, 2010 8:24 am

    1979 Pontiac Bonneville, a hand-me-down from my dad that my brothers and I drove in high school. it was green boat.

  18. Nicole
    July 15, 2010 8:25 am

    The first car I drove around was the family Ford Aerostar minivan – not sure of the year. The first car I bought myself was a 2002 Ford Mustang GT.

  19. Nancy Bryant
    July 15, 2010 8:26 am

    I had a gigantic Chevy Caprice. And I learned how to parallel park it. And now I figure I can parallel park just about any car in existence. ;)

  20. L-A
    July 15, 2010 8:33 am

    my gram’s ’81 buick lesabre….got it in ’96 with 30,000 miles on it. what a boat!

  21. facie
    July 15, 2010 8:42 am

    ’93 bright blue Chevy Cavalier, also known as the Crapolier.

  22. jaf
    July 15, 2010 8:48 am

    A Plymouth Horizon – how I loved that car!

  23. Jenna
    July 15, 2010 8:52 am

    My first car was 1999 Black Sunfire. Ahhh, I miss that car. :)

  24. Jill
    July 15, 2010 8:54 am

    1982 – Mine was a 1970 chocolate brown Dodge Duster that my dad used as a work car. It had so much bondo on it you couldn’t stick a magnet to it if you needed to find metal.

    During this time, the hi-beam switch was a button on the floor that often got stuck. You had to kick it and then stomp it to turn the beams on an off. Floor was “thin” in spots, so water often came in.

    Hey, it got me from point A to point B…

  25. JeanC
    July 15, 2010 8:54 am

    Drove an 89′ Honda affectionately named Yolanda. She went about 25mph going up any hill which made for some interesting drives to/from college.

  26. KC
    July 15, 2010 9:02 am

    My first car was a blue Chevy that the paint was peeling off the hood. It was fantastic.

  27. Jill
    July 15, 2010 9:09 am

    Toyota Tercel

  28. Kate
    July 15, 2010 9:13 am

    I drove my parents white 1980 Oldsmobile Omega. That thing lived until 1995 when I finally bought a car.

  29. Jen
    July 15, 2010 9:16 am

    My first car was a 1989 Pontiac….that looked like a Chevette. You had to put your foot on the break and on the gas when you came to a stop. It was awesome!

  30. Jeremy
    July 15, 2010 9:18 am

    1977 Delta 88 – an absolute beast…

  31. Ashley
    July 15, 2010 9:18 am

    1998 Red Dodge Neon. Still my favorite car :)

  32. Becky
    July 15, 2010 9:22 am

    I got to take my parents’ blue Chrysler LeBaron convertible to college. To State College. In the winter.

  33. Julie
    July 15, 2010 9:25 am

    First car was a 93 toyota celica. black. i thought i was hot stuff in that car. 6 CD changer in the trunk. Pop up headlights. Unfortunately, some jerk rear ended me and totalled the poor thing :(

  34. Andy
    July 15, 2010 9:25 am

    1974 rusty yellow and gray primer Ford Capri GT

  35. George
    July 15, 2010 9:29 am

    A 1983 Pontiac Phoenix and of course it was brown.

  36. Jill
    July 15, 2010 9:31 am

    An ancient Ford Escort station wagon. I paid cash for it when I was in grad school. The left side door didn’t open and the battery randomly drained at inopportune times, frequently stranding me in random inconvenient places. Austin Powers was big at the time and my friends called it the Shaggin’ Wagon. Loved that car.

  37. Jagoff
    July 15, 2010 9:33 am

    1981 Buick LeSabre. I miss it.

  38. Paul
    July 15, 2010 9:43 am

    My first car was a Sunbeam Alpine sports car bought in England when I was in the Air force.

  39. Elle C.
    July 15, 2010 9:45 am

    1998 black Chevy Cavalier. We named her Shameeka the Frog Roller because I had a peace frog decal and suction cup frog on the back window. I miss that car!

  40. burghgal
    July 15, 2010 9:47 am

    ’73 Cutlass Supreme – 8 cyl, 4 barrel green gas hog..

    Loved the rear wheel drive and sliding all over all the hills in Pittsburgh.

    Got it up to 110 mph at one point (not recommended) but it was a great car.

  41. bucdaddy
    July 15, 2010 9:49 am

    Mercury Bobcat. As a college graduation “present,” my parents sold it to me for $1,000.

  42. deanna
    July 15, 2010 9:52 am

    Mine was an older Honda Civic that once left me stranded in the middle of McKnight road… it’s amazing how mad people get, as if I picked that spot to break down!

  43. Nate
    July 15, 2010 9:53 am

    1980 Datsun 280 ZX Coupe with a scoop on the hood and T-tops on the roof …

    Received it WELL past its prime and when I went to drive it (once), the transmission on the 5-Speed dropped out …

    She was a beauty though …

  44. Tina Foremsky
    July 15, 2010 9:58 am

    Mine was a red 1991 Dodge Daytona 5-speed. I loved that car.

  45. Lynnetta
    July 15, 2010 10:13 am

    My first car was a ’84 yellow Cavalier with a hatchback.

  46. empirechick
    July 15, 2010 10:17 am

    For my 16th birthday (in 1987): 1978 Buick Regal, originally silver, but that was before they knew how to keep silver paint from oxidizing, so it was a nice dull gray, red cloth interior. 6 cyl, rear wheel drive – that car did more donuts in the high school parking lot than Dunkin sells in a month.

  47. Tracy
    July 15, 2010 10:20 am

    1989 baby blue ford tempo, and yes we called her “baby blue”…we had to have 2 engines replaced because my sister and I did not understand the whole “oil change” concept oh well live and learn…

  48. Dan (Not Onarato)
    July 15, 2010 10:23 am

    84 Ford Tempo GL (4-door)

    Two words: Chick. Magnet.

    Two more words in reply: Yeah. Right.

  49. Matt
    July 15, 2010 10:29 am

    white Chevy Vega hatchback. Sweeeet ride!

  50. Ash
    July 15, 2010 10:30 am

    1992 Chevy Lumina…Ahhh I still miss her….