Polly the Polo, My Very First Car

I was a late starter into the world of motoring. I decided to learn to drive when I reached 29 years (and my personal taxi  husband had run off with the car another woman)
It took just five months and I was ready for my test. My lovely instructor assured me I’d be fine so long as I didn’t get Mr Brain as my tester. Guess who I got? Yes, Mr Brain! Apparently he was the worst in the centre and barely passed anyone, especially first time.
I think he liked me. While I was sobbing after he gave me the results he was saying ‘did you hear me properly, I said you Passed!’ (I had heard him, it was just too emotional)

So it was time for my first car. The advice was, get a banger, your first car never lasts long no point in wasting any money. So I got a banger, a 1982 Volkswagon Polo in dark blue. She looked a little like this:

I called her Polly and she was with me for two years. I loved her dearly and she served me well. We did have a couple of little bumps, like the time I forgot someone was in front of me at a junction, and the little argument we had with a concrete post in a car park. (stupid place to put a concrete post!)
When she finally gave up on me, I traded her in for…..another VW Polo!

Do you remember your first car?
This post is an entry into Carcrafts First Car competition


  1. November 6, 2012 / 11:47 am

    Brilliant picture, I'm sure kids these days dont get old bangers as their first car any more. I had more dinks in my first car then any other one I owned 🙂

  2. November 6, 2012 / 12:02 pm

    So true Rachael, it was good advice. If one of mine finally gets a licence no doubt they'll be wanting something new as their first car, it's not just having wheels that matter any more, they have to be 'nice' wheels.

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