Make us your home page
Instagram

My First Car: '63 Volkswagen Beetle, Beth Wagner, 68, Tampa

'63 Volkswagen Beetle

Ever since I was about 8 years old, I wanted my own car. My grandfather promised me his Model T Ford, but he didn't give it to me. My parents wouldn't give me a car when I turned 16 years old, either. But all through the years, I saved my money for "my car." I saved allowance, babysitting money, Christmas money and other monies I earned. When I finished college, I returned home to live so I could save more money. I knew I would soon buy my car and I could drive to work.

However, my very strict father had a rule: I couldn't possess the car until the first day of spring — because he was afraid that if I got it in the winter, I would have an accident in the snow. So, even though the car was waiting for me at the dealership, having been sent there from Germany, I had to still wait six more months. The first day of spring, my parents and I excitedly drove to the car dealership, and I drove home my long-awaited-for car. Was I excited! I had waited all my life for my own car! I was so happy to finally own my very own green VW Beetle! The next morning when we awoke, there was the car — buried under snow!!!

I have fond memories of my car. It saw me through many years — working, driving many trips, fun escapades, marriage, baby, etc. During the "flower power" era, it even sported yellow flowers. When my husband and I moved to Guam, we had a second child; there was not enough room in the VW for a growing family, so sadly I said goodbye to my cherished auto, and left it on the little island of Guam.

Tell us your love story

What's your story behind your favorite car? We're starting a new feature highlighting some of your beloved wheels. Here's what we need:

• Your name.

• City where you live.

• Age (with your date of birth).

• Year, make and model of the car.

• A description of the car and why you love it.

• A high-resolution photo or a scanned image. (The photo must be of the actual car.)

• Send these to drive@
tampabay.com.

We're still accepting submissions for My First Car. So keep them coming!

My First Car: '63 Volkswagen Beetle, Beth Wagner, 68, Tampa 10/10/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 9:58am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Airbag maker Takata bankruptcy filing expected in Japan, U.S.

    Corporate

    DETROIT — Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the U.S., overwhelmed by lawsuits and recall costs related to its production of faulty air bag inflators.

  2. Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park

    Tourism

    ORLANDO — Two federal agencies are reportedly demanding financial records from SeaWorld.

    Killer whales Ikaika and Corky participate in behaviors commonly done in the wild during SeaWorld's Killer Whale educational presentation in this photo from Jan. 9. SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the "Blackfish" documentary. 
[Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]
  3. Legalized medical marijuana signed into law by Rick Scott

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state, following through on a promise he made earlier this month.

    Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation on Friday that legalizes medical marijuana in Florida.
  4. Line of moms welcome Once Upon A Child to Carrollwood

    Business

    CARROLLWOOD — Strollers of all shapes and sizes are lined up in front of the store, and inside, there are racks of children's clothing in every color of the rainbow.

    At Once Upon A Child, you often as many baby strollers outside as you find baby furniture and accessories. It recently opened this location in Carrollwood. Photo by Danielle Hauser
  5. Pastries N Chaat brings North India cuisine to North Tampa

    Business

    TAMPA — Pastries N Chaat, a new restaurant offering Indian street food, opened this week near the University of South Florida.

    The menu at Pastries N Chaat includes a large variety of Biriyani, an entree owners say is beloved by millions. Photo courtesy of Pastries N Chaat.