What’s in a Name? Affectionately Naming Your Vehicle
I have a tendency to name well-worn things in my possession. The more trusted and reliable the item is the better the name it gets. The converse is true for the less reliable. I’ve had more than one cell phone or mp3 player named “Dumbo.” I’ve always had fun picking names for my car, too. Rather than naming it right as I pull it off the lot, I like to get to know the car first. Knowing how it handles, what it’s good at, and what it’s not so good at all influence my decision.
Lola, the Honda Minivan
My first car, for example, was an old Honda Odyssey minivan that had more than 300,000 miles on the odometer before it needed to be replaced. I named it “Lola,” after the red-haired lead in the German film Run Lola Run, mostly because my van just wouldn’t quit.
In high school, my family owned a huge, 15-seater van, the kind they pick you up in when you’re going to the airport. Its large size and wonky handling quickly earned it the name “Battleship.” It soon became expected that the Battleship would be our transport whenever there was a dance or sporting event at our school. Despite countless crashes into mailboxes and shorter vehicles, and one rollover in a ditch, the Battleship lived up to its name and was a sturdy carrier for a large part of my life.
Acorn, the Honda Accord
A good friend of mine affectionately calls her Honda Accord her “Acorn,” or sometimes her “Accordion.” That’s what I find great about pet car names. They don’t have to be overly creative to still be catchy. A past girlfriend drove an old Honda Civic Coupe (true to Honda engineering, that car was built to last). She would just simply refer to it as “Coupe” or “Coupester.” Not overly specific, but original in its own way.
Classic Vehicle Names
Here are few classic pet names for vehicles.
- “Herby:” a 1963 convertible VW racing Beetle, from the film “The Love Bug,”
- “Eleanor:” a 1971 Ford Mustang in the 1974 film “Gone in Sixty Seconds.” It was replaced by a 1967 model for the remake.
- “Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang:” from the book and film of the same name.
- “The General Lee:” the iconic Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
Does Your Honda Have a Name?
I’m still working on a name for the little black Honda Fit I took home recently from Middletown Honda. For right now, it’s just my car, and we get to know each other better each day. Do you have a fun name for your Honda?