Honoring the car that taught me to drive! Shot during my senior year of high school in November 1990, this manual transmission, four door 1981 Chevy Chevette was at the time, owned by my late mother. It’s the car that taught me how to drive. Despite being woefully underpowered and its poor performance capabilities, my friends and I managed to have one hell of a good time in that beast; pushing it to its limits and occasionally…beyond!
In those days The Vettemobile was a somewhat notorious vehicle around the northeastern Twin Cities area; although it was probably better known for those who drove it as well as HOW they drove it, than anything particularly special about the car itself. It was just a Chevette after all. That said, take note of the styling, the neon green accents (popular accessories of the time period), the headlight grills and spray painted wheels! Not seen is the new stereo & speakers-carefully placed into the car by means of cutting up parts of the paneling and trim.
Yes, Mom was very tolerant.
After a night hanging with friends or-based on what I’m wearing in the video-hanging out at some teen dance club(s), I decided to shoot some video of the car in the Maplewood Mall parking lot (under the watchful eye of a couple jokers in some nearby vehicles and mall security!) as well as my drive home, which includes passing by my old high school, North High in North St. Paul MN. I also included a brief shot of my old dog Ginger. She was a good dog, but she couldn’t be left alone in the house when no one was home which is why she is in the garage in this video. Good thing too, otherwise I’d have no video of her…
So if you dig nostalgia, and 1990 is a good year for you or if you simply want to see video of a 1981 Chevette shot by a teenager, enjoy!
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