It is Friday and Sheila's birthday. "A" and I have decided to take her to lunch. They pick me up and "A" is driving this super sporty 2-door car. The new Mustang. I am obliged to sit in the back seat. Not an easy feat (feet -pun intended) as I wrap myself in pretzel form and slide in. The car is brand new and has a great sound. Vroom! Vroom! My knuckles cling to the seat as she skids the tires exiting my driveway. Male drivers roll down their windows and remark: "Nice car Lady" Next red light: "Hey Lady- wanna drag"**
The car had wide tyres and hugs the road.
Jonathan, "A"'s son is eleven years old. He is a hard working and brilliant student who constantly gets A's in all subjects. He loves cars and knows all makes and models but his all time favourite is the new Mustang.
"A" tells us that this is her son, Jonathan's new car, just delivered this week. Each Friday she plans to drive "His" car to school to pick him up. In Florida, younger teens at sixteen years of age can drive and all seem to get their driver's license and cars at this age. Public transit is not very dependable and if it exists the timetable and routings do not have the frequency needed.
Insurance for young drivers with new cars is frightfully expensive.
Jonathan's parents believe that Jonathan will be motivated to keep his high grades and will be able to polish and look after his car for the next five years. He will then drive and also avail of lower insurance on his Mustang car will be five years old by that time.
** In N. America to drag is to race.
Mustang Sally - By Wilson Pickett.
When I first heard this song by Wilson Pickett I was a school girl living in Ireland. My brothers who were singers would ask me to take down the lyrics in shorthand. We used listen to "The Teen and Twenty Disc Club from Radio Luxenburg each Wednesday night, hosted by Jimmy Saville. I had no idea what Mustang Sally meant or what the song was about (Mustang cars still have not reached Ireland's shore)