In the first picture of my previous post, you can just make out my license plate. I’ve had a vanity plate on my car for something close to 15 years now.
My first car was a 1976 Nova, purchased from Nat’s family in 1987. That car did not have a vanity plate, but I can remember the plate number – 898 BMN.
My next car, purchased in 1990, was a 1981 Toyota Corolla. This was the car that got the vanity plate “GRGOYL” because Utah vanity plates only allowed six characters at the time. At one point, its plate got stolen. When I got it replaced, Utah had expanded vanity plates to seven characters, so I put the A into the replacement. This car survived my first marriage and its end in divorce, but met its demise at the rear end of a semi in 1994 – with me and two others inside it!
The next car to sport the license plate was a 1990 Corolla GTS. I had this car until the bank repossessed it in 1996 after I lost my job at Packard Bell. I went without a car for almost a year after that, and rode my bicycle everywhere. I was in very good physical shape that year.
A 1986 Nissan Sentra was next. This car developed various mechanical difficulties after a couple of years and had to be replaced. I later sold it to a guy walking by who was initially interested in the Thunderbird on the property that belonged to Mike Biesele. Not too long after that, the guy who bought it told me it had been towed before he got it registered, and wanted me to go get it out of police impound. When I called the police station about it, they asked me to come in and talk to them about the situation. The discussion started to sound like and interrogation … after it was over, I learned that the guy had used the car in some kind of drug-related crime, and they had ruled me out as a suspect.
In the meantime, I had bought a 1988 Toyota longbed pickup truck, which served me faithfully for a few years. It fell into disuse when I got my newest car and was ultimately towed away by a junkyard. I would like to own another truck, but it’s not worth the money.
In February of 2001, I got my current car, which is in the picture from yesterday’s post. It’s a 1991 Toyota Camry DX. Also visible in that picture is a 2002 Chevy Express 3500 – a 15 passenger van on a 1 ton chassis. It represents the very first brand new car I have ever bought – it had 8 miles on it when we took it for a test drive. I would like my next car purchase to be similar to the Toyota Prius, but run on diesel rather than gasoline.