Do you remember when you lost your heart to cars?

    men and women probably have a very different answer to this question. Boys grow up with toy cars. car girls have to play catch-up.

    4y ago

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    I guess men and women have a very different answer to this question. Boys grow up with toy cars and Fisherprice tool sets. Girls grow up with pink miniature versions of household goods. What a way to prepare for the future of gender equality… I’m glad to see that’s changing slowly now. But what I really want to write about here is that special moment when I realized that driving is AMAZING.

    Where boys are often playfully pushed to develop their interest in cars and mechanics, girls are often pushed away from it.

    For as long as I can remember I was always intrigued by cars. Knightrider and Transformers were among my favorite TV shows and my Christmas wishlist included a Ferrari for many years. (Never got one though…)
    My older brother’s toys seemed far more interesting than mine. He had a Matchbox car wash set and a race track. I had a pink Barbie campervan. Luckily my brother is five years older, so by the time he was fed up wit his toys I was old enough to play with it.
    Where boys are often playfully pushed to develop their interest in cars and mechanics, girls are often pushed away from it. As a result I did not sit on the driver’s seat of a car until I was 18 years old and it was time for my first driving lesson.

    I picked the same driving school as the one my brother went to. And he picked that one because the car was a BMW. That sounded good to me too.
    I still remember that first lesson well. It was a sunny day in late summer. My instructor drove us to an empty parking lot and it was my time to sit behind the wheel. The blue and white propeller of the E46 320d’s wheel was staring up at me. I was nervous, excited and determined to do well. First we focused on steering, then on how to operate the brakes and throttle and finally shifting gears. Everything went so well; we only nearly crashed once! The lesson lasted 2 hours but felt like 2 minutes. I was so excited and couldn’t stop thinking “I’VE BEEN MISSING OUT ON THIS FOR WAY TOO LONG!”.

    I am eagerly waiting for a world where a toy toolbox is not strictly for boys.

    That was 13 years ago. I still like BMWs. I still love every moment behind the wheel. And I am still slightly envious of girls who get a head start and learn about cars before their first official driving lesson. And that does bring me back to my earlier point. I am eagerly waiting for a world where a toy toolbox is not strictly for boys.

    The percentage of men and women who have their driver’s license is now fairly equal in most countries. However, women often still get charged more at repair shops since shop owners consider them “poorly informed” and take advantage. Surely women wouldn’t be considered under informed if we’d learn from an early age how to change a tire or check the oil level?

    Well, the Holiday season is getting near and I found one company making girl toolboxes. Guess what my niece is going to get from Santa.

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    Comments (6)

    • I was 8 my grandfather had a nissan micra i used to help him maintain it and clean it. I first drove that car when i was 8 years old...have loved cars ever since I was never one for girly things to begin with. I've got car tattoos and car related tattoos have worked in garages etc.

        3 years ago
    • I always whatched F1 and MotoGP with my brother, but car's Cupid arrow hit me about 8 years ago, I was 10 and as I whatching the TV, suddelny I saw 3 middle-aged men driving on Stelvio Pass' winding roads (my favourite place in the world I've been there several times) and I fell in love with the bright orange Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, than I discovered the name of that TV program: it was called Top Gear...I couldn't stop whatching it and that's how I fell in love with cars

        3 years ago
    • I was only 8 years when I felt in love with Titanic. I was interested in my younger brother's toys too. I liked playing and creating parkings with his cars. I could play with his trains too. I had bad luck during my driving license. I wrote an article about that: drivetribe.com/p/my-driving-license-an-unforgettable-e4oriCbxR5KlV0M-PaJWSA?iid=B3tVYLvaRjeD6I3JPxIQIw

        3 years ago
    • I grew up helping my dad in the garage (he had to keep fixing our 4–5 and also did it as a side job), but don't really remember when I realized just how much I love to drive, especially as I literally never powered a motor-operated vehicle until I had my driver's permit at 15 1/2. Perhaps it was just osmosis and there wasn't a specific moment? I'll blame my dad for my driving style though. :D I *do* however very clearly recall my very first fishtail… and how I kept recreating it whenever I could afterwards… :) I was always so embarrassed with that dark green early 70s Gremlin (it was the only of the cars my parents would let me use) but damn that was a torquey little thing!

        3 years ago
    • Yes! When at my Grandmas when I was super young and she got a toybox out with a super old JPS f1 car that was really heavy, from then on I played with toy cars on a road track (that may have been old scalextric).

        3 years ago

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