A Life In Cars

The life story of Dickie Sutherland

A Life In Cars

This is the life story of Richard “Dickie” Sutherland, a Baby Boomer growing up in Adelaide, South Australia during the golden era of the motor car.

His memoirs are told using the small stories of the many cars that accompanied him throughout the decades.

And as the years roll on, his story starts to include the car stories of his son Nicholas.

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Freshly detailed and ceramic coated, looking brand new
Finding the Prado to big around town, Jenna and I decided to downsize to a sport wagon that would satisfy all needs.
Driving on the open road
Family cars of the Pontiac variety, the enjoyment children got from them.
At 16, my brother Donald had his drivers licence and his first job. And the cheapest second hand cars at the time were 4 door tourers. Enter the Clyno...!
Singer-Chev Construction the sarger continues
The course was never fully dry, but under pressure, Campbell was forced to make the best of it. In July he put in some speeds which approached the record. On 17 July, taking advantage of a break in the weather , he made 2 courageous

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About A Life In Cars

Cars have been a strong and influential theme running throughout my life. They have not been my whole life as such, but they have been a central focus.

They have also been a centre point for my working life and hundreds of adventures along the way.  Cars have influenced my thinking, my interests, my career and my family life.

So yes!

You could definitely say that “I’m a car guy.”

And thus, cars are the common thread that binds my life’s story together. A Life In Cars is my life story recounted using all my car stories as the central theme of the story.

I describe the experiences, the people and the places along the way. The cars I owned, the cars I experienced, the cars that ‘should have been,’ and the notable car-related moments in my life.

I hope you enjoy the stories and I hope that my story might help you rediscover old memories and emotional ties, just like I have during the process of writing them all down.

You are also welcome to leave a comment below each story, as a way to extend my story or as a place to share your tales.

Me and a radio controlled car that I raced during the late 70's and early 80's.