Automotively speaking, it was a rich year. I hope I get to travel as much in the new year and continue to discover tons of great cars. This year I saw a bunch of vehicles that I had never before seen in person, or even heard of, like the Haima HMC6470, the Holden Gemini, the Nissan Pao, and the Fiat Premier Padmini. I also stumbled across some of my favourite classics in unexpected places, like the Citroen CX and BMW Isetta in Shanghai and the Renault 4L in Japan. And true to form, some of my most exciting 'finds' were the kind of forgotten goofball cars that most people wouldn't even notice, like the Ford Escort GT and the Daewoo Tico.
I checked the trunk again, SURELY there was a spare somewhere! The floor wouldn't lift up, there wasn't even the space for a spare. Then I realised there was no jack either. I couldn't believe that I had never noticed there was no spare and no jack. I could almost picture them...and then it hit me. Under the hood! The little 1.0L engine in the 107 was so small and low that it left room for a spare and jack in the engine compartment. After looking around me to be sure no one had seen me frantically tearing at my trunk lining trying to find the spare, I calmly popped the hood, pulled out the spare and jack, and changed the tire like a pro.
Then number of times I had opened the hood and removed the spare to get at the engine to check the oil or adjust the distributor, and I still forgot it was there... it truly is disturbing JUST how bad me memory can be! It will soon be a year since I drove, so I only hope that I don't forget how to do THAT! Maybe this is a good excuse to rent a car sometime in the near future and keep my skills fresh?
And in case it isn't clear, I don't make money with my blog, it's really just for fun. That's why I enjoying seeing many people read and comment. Same with the Facebook page; it's easy to interact there, so keep it up! Feel free to let me know which stories you enjoy, and I'll do my best to provide more. I have a few little ideas brewing in my head for different automotive related ventures and projects in the new year, so of course I'll share them all as they develop.
Happy New Year to all, and may your 2015 finish off with a bang as your 2016 starts off full of hope and optimism! Just pull out the choke, turn over the key, give the throttle a couple good pumps and off you go...