My Favourite Vehicle.

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My favourite vehicle currently is an auto rickshaw. They are ubiquitous in Pune where I live and I can always get one just fifty meters away from my home. They take me to the most crowded parts of the city and I don’t have to worry about parking, or walking to my destination after parking. They are safe, agile, and very convenient. They are also quite economical to use. Although I can drive myself and have a valid driving licence, I find that it makes more sense to use these very convenient vehicles when I want to go out.

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I have owned or had been provided with / borrowed many vehicles during my fairly long adult life but the very first vehicle that I ever owned remains my all time favorite. It was bought second hand and was black and white but looked exactly like the image on the left. I had named it “My Love” and that was written inside the front panel. It is my favourite vehicle even today because it brings back a lot of very good memories of the time that I used it.

I used it in Hyderabad and Chennai for three and a half years and it never gave me any problem except for a few flat tires. I had used it to go on long out of town trips and as a young man with many interests, was quite the dashing figure. In Hyderabad particularly, my scooter was the only one of its kind and getting it serviced regularly gave me a friend in the proprietor of the authorised service station, who remains one till today.

If that vehicle is still alive in some collector’s garage, it could tell stories of some of my adventures of those very interesting times.

This week’s topic for the Friday LBC post was suggested by me and you may want to visit Shackman to see what he has to say about his favourite vehicle.

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21 Responses to My Favourite Vehicle.

  1. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    I love scooters too: Vespa is my all time fave. I heard that auto rickshaws are also becoming more popular and more widespread in Portugal, and they have evolved into the Tuk Tuk business https://tuktuktejo.com/en/
    Have a splashing weekend, my friend, and as far as I’m concerned you remain quite the dashing figure :).

    Cheers
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  2. nick says:

    From what point of view? Environmental, aesthetic, functional, emotional? I think for its pure eccentricity and stylish appearance and pleasurable connotations, I would go for the stretch limo. I love to see one gliding down the street in its full 28 feet glory. Strangely enough, I’ve never actually been a passenger in one. I must remedy that at the first opportunity.
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  3. shackman says:

    What a pic we’d have made – me on t my Suzuki 550 and you on your scooter side by side.
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  4. Judy Harper says:

    My favorite car was a 1966 Corvair that I owned. I loved that car, and no matter what Ralph Nader said, I never felt unsafe. During my time in the Air Force when I was stationed at Okinawa, the way you traveled around was by taxi’s driven by Okinawan’s. Talk about feeling and being unsafe! The first Okinawan word you learned was “stop”. They didn’t have rickshaws, but regular small cars driven at high speeds! lol I’ve only ridden a scooter once, but now a tractor is another thing. Even driven one.

  5. my first car, after I finally learnt to drive when I was in my 30s was a Morris 1100 – I loved the freedom and it did indeed take me on some magical trips – and it carted a number of entertaining objects – including (on separate occasions) about 20 large concrete blocks & a huge hamper of alcoholic beverages I won – one year from a big liquor store…

    it was the kind of car, that putting a spinning wheel in the boot wasn’t feasible, the boot was rather narrow (top/bottom) – but putting it into the back seat – it either went in well & refused to come out easily – or reverse!

    But there were drawbacks – I won’t go into those…bad memories!

    • I learnt to drive in a 4 door Morris Minor and have used a 2 door one for my personal use as well. I can well imaging the problem of loading and unloading stuff in a Morris 1100.

  6. Linda Sand says:

    My favorite vehicle was not mine. When Dave & I were newlyweds we took my Mom’s VW Bug to Alabama for 5 months. We packed all our household goods into that car. Many weekends we technically went AWOL since we went beyond authorized limits when we drove it to the Florida Panhandle right out onto the beach. Lots of good times in that car.

  7. tammy j says:

    that’s such a cute little auto rickshaw.
    and i could happily ride in it without thinking how tired the other kind of rickshaw driven by a fellow running was! not sure i could have done that kind.
    and…
    oh sean! i can see you on that motor bike! love the name.
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  8. I have always loved the motorised Rickshaw, so practical.
    Keith.

  9. Anna says:

    Looks that many people have special memories related to scooters. I have them as well and they are memories of a Lambretta. It was quite attractive to sit behind a sophisticated man, sideways, of course, as I would be wearing a skirt, nice scarf wrapped fashionably around my head, zooming through the streets of Warsaw. Memories, memories…

    • I have had ladies with scarves wrapped around their heads riding pillion on my bikes too. Most sat side saddle as was then the custom. Now you see girls and women sitting astride wearing jeans, salwar kameez etc.

  10. wisewebwoman says:

    I wonder what the maximum speed of those auto – rickshaws are and why they’re not used in other countries? Probably economical too.
    If all the scooters could talk…..
    XO
    WWW

    • 60 Kmph in cities. I just asked a driver of one this morning so that I could reply to you. I understand that there are other countries in the East where you will find them. I suppose that in the West, climatic conditions in the winters could be the reason for their not being popular there.

  11. My present favorite is our 14-year-old Toyota Highlander. I hope we can keep it going for years. But we also have great memories associated with most of the cars we’ve owned.
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  12. kylie says:

    I would love to have the door to door service of an auto rickshaw!

    In 25 years of marriage my husband has bought and sold a lot of cars. I lost count at about 15 and try not to have many opinions about any of them but I see the appeal of a funky scooter for a dashing young man!

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