Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Trans Am - RetroSexy


The first time I saw this car was when they were unveiling it at an auto show at the Providence Civic Center. In the early 80's, I had a 1978 Gold Trans Am with the bird emblem (similar to this photo) and racing slicks on the rear. I bought it from the Brigadeer now in charge of the Kuwait firefighters training institute. He was leaving the States and sold it to me. I LOVED that car. Sex on wheels. The engine in this car sounded similar to 2 outboard boat engines (whomp whomp whomp whomp...). High torque, rear wheel drive. I used to jam out on Eurythmics and Chaka Khan in that car; took the T-tops off and cruised Georgetown all night - until the sun came up and I had to find someplace to park and sleep for a few hours as my mom would have locked me out of the house by that time.... I often woke up to the cops tapping on my window telling me it was time to move.


The only solice I had in selling it was that I sold it to another girl who loved it as much as I did. She bought it - cash - with money she took out of her cowboy boots. She called me 3 months later to ask where she could buy another set of slicks. Kindred souls.

I had an opportunity a few years later to buy a black, oil-cooled-turbo version of a 79 TA, but passed after gettin a hinky feeling about it. Turns out that oil-cooled-turbos were just a bad, bad idea and lots of engines were wrecked when the turbos went bad, sucking oil away from the pistons. My friends from Saudi had 2 white ones (1980's) that they loved too. They were white with white leather interiors. Anyhooo... memories.

Bunny sent me photos of the 2009 Trans Am. He knows me so well - we think we may have even met when we were teenagers at The Library in Gtown.


OMG! I'm not a teenager anymore, but I want one BAD.

It looks like an Astin Martin from the rear.


I drooooooool.

Burt, you may be old now, but I will always remember you fondly in your youth as The Bandit....

... and the 20-somethings are all going, "Whaaaaaaaa? Who the F is "Burt?" "What is The Bandit?" OMG I'm old.

11 comments:

farragoes said...

Now that's a REAL set of wheels! God, reminds me of the old days. I remember Burt. :D

Purgatory said...

The front looks like the car has eyes! The old ones are better.

Did you have Pink hair in the 80s :P

Q8Sultana said...

I feel the same way about the 2009 Dodge Challenger...drooooool

Sanjeeva said...

oooppsss!I guessed youre age!!!!!!!!! (Within the range of + / - years)

Sanjeeva said...

Luv your blog.very addictive......

Desert Girl said...

Farragoes, I'm glad someone else remembers.... :)

Sanjeeva, welcome! I am 29 - no "ifs" "ands" or "buts" about it. Thanks for the compliment.

Purgy, I was a Madonna-wannabe all the way: blonde hair tied up in a bow on the side with a piece of black lace, black leather mini-skirt, little red bellboy jacket, fishnets, rubber bangles up my arm, bright red lipstick and dark eye makeup. This was my weekend uniform - every single weekend.

We would go to Numbers or Crystal City Underground and dance all night long....

arachesostufo said...

ciao, sono un blogger di Venezia.

peace and freedom

Anonymous said...

"Take a right turn Daddy, take a left turn Daddy, and we'll be in the clear".

CLASSIC!

abolesanzalef said...

hmmmmmmm...
long time away but now one asked..ok Amer..

Its really nice info i had in ur belog even that subject despite of have no car.....

What do u have?...

Anonymous said...

did u noticed PINK colour Hummer in Kuwait .

Its crime to colour Hummer in Pink..

Gay Hummer ;)

Hashim said...

Cool looking car, but still it will always be like many other american sports cars, unreliable and a piece of crap.