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February 25, 2015


Margaret Turkevich

I handed down the mom-van to my kids, and graduated to a crossover (I still haul two big dogs and loads of mulch) named Tallulah. The radio is always set to my station, the CD is always my choice, and the gas tank is always at least half full. 'Lullah is a good girl, and a great companion on the road.

Karen in Ohio

Yikes, my legs would be shaking, too, if the floorboard fell off beneath them!

All our family cars in my childhood were named NellieBelle, after the old Jeep on the Roy Rogers/Dale Evans show. And that's usually what I call mine, as well. But I just realized that isn't really appropriate for my newest, a sleek silver Civic with every bell and whistle they make. I think I'll call her Streak.

Elaine Viets

Lullah - good name. She's obviously a car with a lot of personality, Margaret.

Elaine Viets

I remember NeillieBele, and Trigger. But Streak is definitely a better name for a sleek silver car.

Sue Cox

My '94 Jaguar was always He or Him. He was with me for nearly 20 years before I finally, reluctantly, relinquished Him. He was like a bad boyfriend--treated me badly, but He was so handsome, I didn't care.

Elaine Viets

LOL, Sue. The things we do for car love. Is that auto-erotic?


I never name my cars but I do refer to my current one as my Toy or my Baby. It's a 1997 BMW Z3 Roadster Convertible I bought it new and have loved for the past 17+ years. It now has 178,000 miles on it and I will spiral into a deep depression when the day comes that I have to part with it. I hope to have many more years to drive my baby.

Catriona McPherson

I've never named a car, but I named a dehumidifier "Hughie"

Elaine Viets

Sweet ride, Mo. If/when the dreaded day comes, you can cry on my shoulder. I've felt your pain.

Elaine Viets

OK, I'll bite. Why Hughie?

Ellie Enos

My daughter bought her first brand new car in 2014. It's a black Subaru Impreza that she named Wicked Felina. The car is named for lyrics in the song, El Paso, by Marty Robbins: "Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina
Wicked and evil while casting a spell."

Kait Carson

What a fun story! For some reason I was reminded of my first car - a 1963 Corvair (yes, the death car). The prior owner had spray painted her matte black. There was only one name for her - Black Beauty. She was a convertible, had a roll bar and a four speed manual. Great car for a college student. Sold her for the same price I paid for her - $100.

Elaine Viets

Wicked Felina is a perfect name for a fast black car, Ellie. I like that song, too, but I promise not to sing it around you. It sounds like I'm torturing cats.

Elaine Viets

Kait, glad you survived to sell your Black Beauty. I worked with a reporter who had a blue Corvair. He loved it, despite -- or maybe because -- of the danger.

Alan Portman

My cars have all gone to work for a very long time. None ever got names. I do call my current car, a 2003 Saturn VUE with 240,000 very hard miles on it. It gets called, "My best friend." It is from "Men and Work" by George Will. Orel Hershiser calls his pitching arm his best friend, that he goes out and beats up every three days.

Elaine Viets

Considering the hours you work, Alan, your Saturn is indeed a best friend. 240,000 miles is impressive. You've treated your friend right.

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