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Old 11-06-2018, 12:15 PM
 
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Back in the day (or even after) did you ever give your car(s) a name?

Don't know if this was a regional thing or not, but I'm curious how widespread the practice was. Recently I mentioned it to an email correspondent of the same age (late 60s/early 70s) and she claims never heard of anyone ever naming their car. She grew up in a farming community in California; I grew up in a NYC suburb.

I always thought it was a Baby Boomer generation thing but maybe it was indeed regional?

One of the kids on my block had a yellow 1960 Buick that he named the Big Banana, and a 1970s co-worker had a red Ford Pinto that she named the Tiki Torch after the whole exploding gas tank thing started (morbid, yes, but funny.)

The funny thing is that I never named my cars back in the day (60s, 70s, etc) but I did name my 2002 Lexus "Lexie" (how unoriginal, right? lol) after I'd had it about 8 years (kept it for 15.) However, my new ride which is a 2017 Honda was named Athena during her first week.

Anyone else who either did or still does name their car(s)?

My wife has a girlfriend that is a BBCjunkie.
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Old 11-06-2018, 12:35 PM
 
Location: north narrowlina
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my first car only. She was "Chuggin' "..... she had personality, but kinda unlike mine... lol. i was brought up to be only a nice, "good" girl.... Chuggin', on the other hand, was real sslluutt....her glove compartment door popped open every time a guy sat in the passenger seat. I admired that about her. yeah. i did.
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Old 11-06-2018, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Surfside Beach, SC
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I named some of my cars, but didn't ever refer to them by those names, so I stopped doing it. My college roommate had a ridiculously cute Austin Healey Sprite, that she named Squeally the Austin Healey. This was back in the early '70s, when most freshmen college students didn't even have a car at all, let alone one so wonderful. Of course, we were all super jealous!

Her car looked almost exactly like this one, same color and everything:

https://classiccars.com/listings/vie...michigan-49512
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Central Connecticut
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Mmy first car was a VW bug, which I named, "Pierre." My friend had an orange Pinto that she called, "Roger."
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:45 PM
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Location: Middle Tennessee
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My wife had a VW bug when she was going to college that she named Addle Addle. She worked at Mound City National Historical Park and an addle addle is a Native American tool used in hunting and foraging.
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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My Mazda truck was named Flyer. My current PT Cruiser is named Thunder. I name the cars, my model horses (and they even have pedigrees) and yes, even my computer. It's called Warp Drive.
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:10 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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My wife had a VW bug when she was going to college that she named Addle Addle. She worked at Mound City National Historical Park and an addle addle is a Native American tool used in hunting and foraging.
atlatl, that would be. It's for throwing spears
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:35 PM
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Location: Middle Tennessee
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atlatl, that would be. It's for throwing spears
Yep, you are right on that. Shows how much I know on that subject.
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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My first car after divorce was a small Toyota I named Rosie. Coming back from Canada one very snowy night, I flipped it on ice. Totaled the car. Got it fixed and drove for two more years.
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:35 PM
 
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A friend of mine calls my Sentra "The Silver Ghost" while I call her "The Fishin' Car." The new Mazda hatch has yet to earn a name, but she'll have one in good time.
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