Note: This contest is now closed!
So, our November contest? Well, think about this. We all have those stories, those used-to-haves or near misses. We all can tell tales of “the one that got away.” Sometimes they are cars that would now be worth wheel-barrows full of money. Sometimes they are cars that saw us through tough times or good times or were just near and dear to our hearts. There are cars that we had that we had to let go of due to growing families, or career changes, or simple changes in fortunes. There are other cars that we almost bought but that slipped through our fingers or were snatched from our grasp.
I used to have a yellow Triumph TR250. Sure it needed work, but it was solid and fun. But this was 1987 when I was newly married and we need a “real” car for daily commutes in heavy traffic. I traded in at a dealership who probably had no idea what they were getting. I wish I knew what happened to that car, but then again, maybe I don’t want to know.
I also had a 2002 MINI Cooper S. Yup, one of the new BMW MINIs that you either love or hate. And I loved it. It was one of the first ones sold over here. An unknown party had pre-ordered it and then decided not to purchase it when it arrived. Their change of heart was my good fortune. I bought it on the spot, no negotiating, no specing out colors, no hemming and hawing. And I love that car. I drove it and loved it until economies changed and we needed to eliminate the monthly payment. That was over 10 years ago and I still miss it.
There are a few more, of course, but I will leave you with just those two for now. Maybe I will talk about the others on some later date. By the fire. With a drink. When I am old(er). Anyway …
All this reminiscing is fun, but more to the point, we want to hear your stories. What is you “one that got away”? And to entice you to tell your story, we are making this our November content. You will not be judged on the value of the car in question or the quality of your prose. If you send us your story, by email or comment below, you are entered. We will draw a winner at random from all of our entries at the end of the month.
What can you win? What is your prize for reliving this past misery of losing out? How a self-contained portable jump starter? These things are great. They can jump start your car when needed, but can also recharge a cell phone or laptop. I have used them on cars as small as my Spitfire and as large as a Chevy Tahoe. Due to availability and change models, the one pictured here may not be the exact one the winner receives, but it will be a model of at least this capability. It will be brand new and shipped directly to the winner in time for the cold winter months.
If you have a picture that we can post with your story that would be great, but it is not required. This contest will run through November 30th, and we will announce the winner in the first email of December.
So send in your story. Again, you can post it in a comment below or email it to me at [email protected]. You must also be a subscriber to the newsletter, so make sure to do that if you are not already. Everyone who has submitted an entry will be put into a random drawing. When the name (email) is selected it will be checked against our newsletter subscribers list. If there is a match, bingo!, we have our winner. If no match, we will select another random person from the comments and start over again. When we have drawn out someone who given us a story and subscribed, we will send them an email of congratulations and request a delivery address.
Note: This contest is now closed! Thanks to all who participated. Congratulations to our winner, Grayson Byfield. I believe the prize is headed to Birmingham, Alabama. Not too bad for winter there, but the jump started should still come in handy. Again, congratulations to Grayson and good luck to him on his hunt for his forever-classic! -Michael