Early Automotive Enthusiasm

People often say “you’re a product of your environment” — heck there have been entire studies dedicated to this theory.  As I reflect on the person I am today and consider those who surrounded growing up, without a doubt I am a testament to this belief system.

Thanks in great part to my father’s passion for cars, I’ve become quite a gear head.  My first vehicle purchased was at the age of nineteen.  A bright blue 1991 Honda CRX HF.  I’m convinced the horsepower number was smaller than the miles-per-gallon figure.  Sadly I somehow do not have any photos of this car, though most that came after it are well catalogued.

Before my birth my father’s cars included classics like Austin Healeys and the likes.  By the time I was born, he was onto Jaguar XKEs, with a passion for the V12 model.  Here is proof that even at a young age, the driver’s seat was my favorite place to be.

childhood-jaguar-xke

As I grew older it became very apparent to my parents that I was into cars.  They encouraged it, with go-karts and toys.  Looking back, I wish they had made even more effort to place me into driving opportunities, but back then you didn’t have the options that exist today.  I’m not saying I would have been a great race car drive, but c’mon– my name would sounds pretty great over the announcer’s PA system, don’t you think?!

Further proof of my love for my Dad’s exotic cars over the years can be found on my 10th birthday cake.  There were quite a few Italian sports cars that came in and out of the garage of our home, each one better than the next.  The Lamborghini Countach remains one of my personal favorites.

childhood-cake-lamborghini

If I were to sift through the literally thousands of photos that I have there is no doubt that I could account for most all of the cars I’ve owned over the years.  But rather than bore you all with an image of each car, I’ll hand-pick just some random photos of my favorite and most memorable ones up until now.  And trust me, that is difficult.  Because, you see, I’ve owned over 50 cars in less than 20 years!  (See the list at the end of this post)

past-cars-2013-vw-cc past-cars-2008-audi-tt-2 past-cars-2008-audi-tt-1 past-cars-2007-vw-eos past-cars-2006-bmw-z4 past-cars-2004-R32-4 past-cars-2004-R32-3 past-cars-2004-R32-2 past-cars-2004-R32-1 past-cars-2002-golf-tdi past-cars-2002-audi-s6-avant past-cars-2001-gti past-cars-2001-audi-tt past-cars-1998-neon past-cars-1991-gti-2 past-cars-1991-gti-1 past-cars-1991-bmw past-cars-1971-squareback past-cars-1970-beetle

My garage might lack an enthusiast car at the moment, but my passion is still there.  I’m looking forward to what the next chapter in my automotive ownership history might hold.  Stay tuned!

Oh and as promised, here is a full list of the vehicles that have been titled in my name since age 19… 53 cars to my best recollection:

1989 Honda CRX HF (Blue)
1992 Honda Accord LX (Dark Blue)
1993 Honda Civic del sol (Red)
1993 Honda Civic del sol S (Blue)
1997 Dodge Neon ACR (Black)
1998 Dodge Neon R/T (White)
1999 Audi TT 180 FWD (Black)
1999 Honda Civic Si Coupe (Black)
1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle Custom (Red)
2000 Jeep Wrangler (Yellow)
2000 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Triple Black)
2001 Audi TT 225 Quattro Roadster (Red)
2001 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T (Silver)
1992 Volkswagen GTI 16V (Green) (Local)
1992 Volkswagen GTI 16V (Green) (California car)
2002 Mini Cooper S (Red)
2002 Honda Civic Si Hatchback (White)
2002 Land Rover Freelander (Gray)
2002 Volkswagen Golf TDI (Black)
2004 Volkswagen Golf R32 (Red)
2005 Mini Cooper (White)
2005 Mini Cooper S (Blue)
2001 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T (Silver)
2000 Audi TT 180 FWD (Silver)
2004 Volkswagen Touareg V8 (White)
2004 Audi A8 Long (Silver)
2002 Audi S6 Avant (Gray)
2006 BMW Z4 M Roadster (Red)
1993 Cadillac DeVille (White)
2007 Volkswagen Eos (Grey)
2007 BMW X3 3.0is (White)
1991 BMW 325ix (White)
1970 Volkswagen Beetle Classic (Red)
2000 Volkswagen Passat V6 4motion (Blue Anthracite)
2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 Value Edition (Black)
1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6 (Red)
1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra (Grey)
1999 Honda Accord EX 4cyl
1996 Subaru Impreza Outback Wagon (Blue)
2001 Volkswagen Jetta VR6 (Red)
1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI (Grey)
2000 Audi A6 Avant (Beige)
2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 (Silver)
1971 Volkswagen Beetle Classic (Burgundy/Black Two-Tone)
1991 Volkswagen Jetta Coupe w/VR6 Swap (Black)
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL (Grey)
2008 Volkswagen Passat 3.6 4motion (White)
1971 Volkswagen Squareback (Blue)
2008 Audi TT 3.2 VR6 Quattro (White)
2013 Volkswagen CC 3.6 VR6 Executive (Brown)
2012 Cadillac SRX Luxury AWD (White)
2012 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux (White)
1992 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 8v GL (Red)

Young beginnings

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Ari Jay Comet

Sharing my life experiences. Interacting with technology. Digital self-expression. Binary is black, white, and many shades of grey.

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