I just sold my Ford Focus to my son, Garrett. It has now been owned by three generations of Grey men, as I bought it from my father in 2012.

This car took me, and sometimes my sons, on a whole bunch of great road trips. It was wonderful on the old roads, small and easy to maneuver. That was very important when I needed to get out of a dead-end abandoned alignment! It was also a blast to drive, with good power and fantastic handling.

Here it is at the Wagon Wheel Motel on Route 66 in Cuba, MO.

Wagon Wheel Motel

And here it is on an abandoned section of the old Dixie Highway near Martinsville, IN.

Abandoned bridge on Old SR 37

I’m experimenting with short posts, shared whenever I have something quick to say. Welcome to the first one!

Goodbye road warrior


19 thoughts on “Goodbye road warrior

  1. Good post Jim – and generational. 🙂 Interesting that you also rode Route 66 with the Focus. I posted a few blogs about Route 66 but not in Missouri.

  2. Short, sweet & to the point. With pics. Terrific! Now I don’t have to set aside your blog to “indulge in” later (and then sometimes forget!)🤭

  3. We tend to pass cars around like this too. The 3 generation Crown Victoria went away a few years ago but there are a couple of Grandma cars still serving and which I have spent enough time in to count for 3 generation status.

    The short post was unexpected and fun.

    • This has never happened in our family before. My dad was surprised and apprehensive when I approached him about buying this car, but he went through with it. And then I mentioned to my sons that I didn’t need it anymore and would be open to selling it to them at a Very Special Family Price (i.e., almost free) since they were the only ones driving it anyway. Garrett is the one who bit.

    • I owned two cars at the beginning of the year: a Toyota Matrix and this Ford Focus. I drove the Focus daily; the Matrix was my previous daily driver but had become a spare car. It was a great utility wagon and I used it as such. The Matrix was older and had more miles, and by the first of this year was pretty worn out, so I traded it in on the Passat. My wife was driving the Focus as she was between cars. We bought her a Kia Soul recently, and the Focus became a spare car. My sons were using it to drive to their summer jobs. I don’t really need, nor do I have a place to park, a spare car so I offered it to my sons and Garrett said he wanted it.

  4. I just sold my car to another teacher at the school, making him the third owner there. The car has been at the school longer than most kids and teachers.

  5. DougD says:

    Nice, and good for Garrett. Another piece of the puzzle of adult life in place. Great that the old Focus is still going despite being an automatic, that’s usually what kills those.

    We are going to pick up a new(ish) vehicle this morning. We have something really cool planned for the old Caravan. There will be a CC if it pans out.

    • Garrett’s just 19; I didn’t get my first car for a couple more years!

      I didn’t know that the Focus automatics were problematic. The one in mine’s been a trooper. Knock on wood.

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