The day you let go of your first car is usually a difficult one, especially if you’re a petrolhead. But if you could win it back, would you want to?
If your answer is ‘hell yes, why would you even ask that?!’ you will be pleased to know insurance broker Direct Line just announced a competition that lets you win it back.
The competition page reads: “It may have been a bit rough around the edges and maybe it didn’t like to start on cold mornings, but your first car will probably always have a special place in your heart.
“In spite of its quirks, you had fun, experienced new things and built treasured memories together. But what happened to it when you sold it on?”
To find out the answer, all you have to do is tell the world why your first car meant so much to you including information about you and your car, why you fell in love with it ─ anything that might be deemed interesting. You can also attach a photo, if you so desire.
Direct Line will then hunt down your old motor and ‘reunite’ whoever had the most interesting story. Unless, of course, your first car ended being wrapped around a tree (yeah we know there was a patch of oil on the road and a mountain goat came out of nowhere, totally not your fault).
A number of entries have are already on the competition page. One entrant, called Bernard, talks about his Triumph Herald: “It was my source of independence while at college. It was transport for me and my girlfriend who became my fiancee who became my wife (and still is, after more than 40 years).
“It was transport to work for both of us and was a doddle to maintain. The bonnet lifted right off the engine and the engine could be stripped down to the last nut and bolt. It was a big boys Meccano Set. All I have left are good memories, a photograph and the ignition key!”
Olivia, meanwhile, entered in the hope of finding he dad’s stolen car: “I’m entering this for my dad because no matter how many cars he’s had he always says nothing compares to his first. He was absolutely in love with it, but it got stolen from outside his house. It was a metallic blue mini from 1978 with a sunroof.
She added: “I don’t have a picture of it but it should look something like this one! I’d love to be able to present it to him for his 66th birthday to say thanks for being such an amazing dad!”
You can head here to enter.