I guess this could be traced to the days when dad had a Laser, followed by an XD sedan and later on, an XF wagon. The day dad traded in the XF wagon for a Lada Niva in the early 90's (for reasons I still couldn't comprehend) was a pretty upsetting day for me.
Since then I've had to put up with two Lada Niva's and a Rocsta. Mum later acquired a Merc 240D '78 model. Pretty uninspiring cars, although the Merc's leather interior and nice soft suspension was something to at least enjoy. Unfortunately neither it nor the Rocsta had what I needed in a car.
Some 10 years have passed by since the last Ford left our family. The acquisition of my XR 18 months ago was the first resurgence of blue blood back in family veins. Six months down the track, with continuing rust problems and a large amount of lost money, the Merc could no longer pass Pink Slip. The Merc had to go. It was traded in for a new Neptune Green Ford Focus LX hatch (auto of course, for mum.) It was soon recognised as the family's rally car.
The Rocsta soldiered on as the odd one out, lacking the comforts of either the Falcon or the Focus, it's simplicity and crudity (and the fact it was already into its second engine) fuelled times for a change as my brother's (read: Holden fan) daily driver. Today he traded the Rocsta in for a 5 speed Colorado Red Focus Zetec fully optioned ex demo.
Back to the good times.
A youth becomes a man when the marks he leaves on the world have nothing to do with tyres.
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