1. Drove a '64 GTO in the NASCAR Powder Puff Ladies League.
2. Restored a 1970 BOSS 302 Mustang while raising 2 kids and working.
3. Proved she could take Gen 3 RX-7 Turbo's on the autocross course with a stock '95 Miata after being off the track for 30 years.
4. Had her first "Granny Car" at 60, (meaning anything with more then 2 doors) when she became handicapped and had to get an automatic. She had 2 discs in her back crushed while saving a man's life.
5. Got her shameful minivan after two Jeep Grand Cherokee's rear-ended her Sephia crushing 2 more discs in her back and making sure she could not walk, even with a cane, much anymore.
6. Sold her Miata after it sat for more then 3 years, I cleaned it up, drove her to the mall in Dallas to have a ride and enjoy it. Apparently someone in a wheelchair did not believe a Miata belonged in a handicapped spot so he ran his wheel chair down it and we came out to a big crease all down the rear fender. She broke down and cried and could no longer even look at the car.
When my 2005 SLK350 was wrecked, I was going to take the money and pay off her house instead of getting the 2006. She told me "Thanks for the thought, but you should enjoy the fruits of your labor. Try doing it behind my back and there will be hell to pay. Go get another cool car instead, that is really what I want."
She starved without dinner most of her life so her younger siblings could eat, she was a child of the Depression. She knows what it's like to have one egg to eat for all day, and to this day can do things like eat fried eggs with ketchup on the yolk (yuck!)
Her Senior prom hoop-skirt was made from coat hangers and the living room curtains, but she drove to the prom in her friend's brand new 1955 V8 Corvette, loaded with 4 girls, and piloted by her as she was "the best driver."
What can I say, I have a really cool, Saint for a mother. The fact she's a speed loving gearhead, too? Priceless!