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My First Wreck

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on March 6, 2007


My first car was a 1983 Mercury Capri. This was the car I was driving; however, it wasn’t my car yet. It was my Mom’s. It was 1988. I was 15. I didn’t even have my learner’s permit yet.

I had a friend with me and we were actively searching out dirt roads. They’re not particularly hard to find in semi-rural Alabama. We had no business on dirt roads, I just wanted to fishtail the car.

At one point, the fishtailing got a bit out of control and I saw the ditch coming up fast. My heroic efforts sawing at the wheel were no help at all. I remember a sickening thud as we went nose-first into the ditch and I remember seeing someone’s mailbox flying across the hood of the car. I just knew the entire side of the car was caved in and I was going to be grounded for the rest of my life.


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But that was for later. At this point I was interested only in getting the car out of the ditch, and far away from the man standing on his front porch. Unfortunately, the car wouldn’t move. The engine revved, but we didn’t go anywhere.

Eventually I found reverse and made it out of there. I drove to my friend’s house (I wasn’t about to take the car home!) to assess the damage.

All I found was a scratch on the hood about an inch long. It might have been there before, I’m not sure.

This was a theme which I would revisit frequently in my automotive travails.

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