East Bound and Down…

It has rained off and on this past week.  Upon leaving school one day, a coworker asked, “How does Princess do in weather like this?”  I must have looked confused as the question was repeated and the word Princess was replaced with ‘your car’.  Hmmm…I’ve never considered giving my Mustang a name, but if I did, Princess would pretty much be last on the list.  If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them.

USA Today says that one in four people name their car.  In our family it’s three in four….. Brad called his Swinger – Peggy, short for Pegasus.  Michael calls the Cutlass – Jackie Blue, and Jon calls his ZX2 – Becca.

Here is a small list of cars and their names, all taken from TV:

K.I.T.T. – Stands for Knight Industry Two Thousand from Knight Rider.  The original K.I.T.T., a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am could accelerate from 0-60 in .2 seconds.  Wow!  That’s television for you.  General Lee – a 1969 Dodge Charger from the Dukes of Hazzard.  This car remains popular today, being featured in PlayStation 2 games and country western songs.   Bandit – a 1977 Special Edition Trans Am. Nothing says ‘chase’ like a 6.6 liter.   The Mystery Machine – a 1963 Ford Ecoline Van from Scooby Do.     Herbie the Love Bug – a 1962 Volkswagon Beetle created by Disney.  Like K.I.T.T, it had a mind of its own.   Christine – a 1958 Plymouth Fury. This is a favorite of Brad’s.     The Bat Mobile – The original sold in January for over 4 million dollars.

Of course there are many other cars that have names, and even more cars that are unique in their own right.  The car from Bullitt is one of my all time favorites.  I’ll save that post for another time.  If you can think of more cars that have been given names (especially any that you’ve owned)  please add them in the comment area. Nick names like ‘Piece of $#!&’ do not count!  LOL.

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Finally, while I won’t even drive my car down a gravel road, I did find this video of the General Lee vs. the Bandit a bit fun to watch.  And in searching all of the above quite useless information I came across a website  revealing that the name Mustang is the #1 company-created name for cars.  Perhaps that’s why I’ve never given mine a name…it already has the best one!   Is your car on the list?

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11 Responses to East Bound and Down…

  1. Yvonne, the BFF says:

    I love this post, as it is “themie” and therefore right up my alley! I plan to consider names for your Mustang and I’ll let you know if I think of any suggestions. In the meantime, I will share a few vehicle names our family has had. Taylor’s PT Cruiser was Bertha, and now her current orange w/black stripe Dart is named Boo. Gary’s first Harley, 2003 Electra Glide (may she RIP), was named Lucille.


  2. I did originally want to call my ’66 “Annalise”, but as time has gone on it doesnt seem to fit. Now I have named her after the other woman in my life Marilyn, after the screen goddess Marilyn Monroe. I have a very troubled lady in the garage that needs TLC to bring her to her back to her full beauty. Classic American car with the ultimate screen siren of that era.


  3. What’s in a name?
    I did not know the Mystery Machine was a Ford Ecoline!
    I had it pegged as a VW bus of sorts lol! Good find.

    Do I name my car? I think ‘My little Saab’ fits it pretty well lol,
    but like anything cherished in the South there are nicknames:
    Black Saab
    Swede Steed
    Swedish Steel
    Turbo Saab
    Happy little Saab

    And of course the ever popular
    Dougie buggy 🙂

    Haha Here’s to your White Mustang and my Black Saab!




  4. Debbie says:

    Thanks for all the great comments on this post!


  5. Jon Boy says:

    You know, I named my car, Becca, after the girl who backed into her. You know how us Nuessle’s are so protective of our cars… I found this irony amusing though.


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