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#5182 - 08/30/02 04:40 PM Care To Explain Your User Name?
FordPrefect Offline

Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 1342
Loc: Ancaster, Ontario
I know for some of you it's easy, it's your name.

But there are a lot of others that have an interesting ring to them and I was just wondering if you would share the "why" behind it.

Alomost everyone who guesses mine gets it wrong.

It's not from the Douglas Adams character found in the "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" series. Instead it's the name of my first car a 1950 Ford Prefect.

I bought it for $200 when I was 16 and didn't even have a license. Didn't have my parents permission either.

It was delivered on a rainy Saturday morning. Quite symbolic considering it is a British car.

I was sitting at the breakfast table enjoying a "Leave it to Beaver - Norman Rockwell" moment with my parents when the tow truck from the garage came around the corner with my new purchase attached at the back.

I had bought it on a Monday, in a fit of temporary insanity I might add, and I think that I was hoping that it was all a dream and that I had simply 'lost' my two hundred dollars.

Well reality came along and the "Leave it to Beaver' moment was quickly replaced by one that more resembled "The Simpsons"

Decades later I was forgiven ,but the memories of that first car are still with me. It was a natural to use that name when I first joined a motorsports forum and its been following me around the 'net ever since.

so what's your story?



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#5183 - 08/30/02 06:56 PM Re: Care To Explain Your User Name?
CAV104 Offline

Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 118
Loc: Lake Worth, FL
Hey FordPrefect,

How is it going? I did have a good time while I was in and some very interesting moments. I have used CAV104 in the past, it comes from my time spent with the 104th Cavalry Division and NO we did not use horses. I was attached to Headquarters as a radio tech and videographer. The unit was Mobile Armor with an Air Cav unit attached to it.I spent time with both Headquartes and the Air Cav.

There is nothing better than securing your life line to a hard point in a chopper, standing on the struts at a 20 degree rake, then videotape the ground action...WATTA RUSH

Gotta go,


#5184 - 08/30/02 07:55 PM Re: Care To Explain Your User Name?
polara Offline
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Registered: 05/19/02
Posts: 64
mine is for the 1962 polara 500 i got when i was 18
still got it 18 years latter, ugliest car ever made-its sooo kool

#5185 - 08/30/02 09:10 PM Re: Care To Explain Your User Name?
chesseroo Offline

Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 5171
Loc: western canada
Nifty topic.
Unfortunately my user name is not as full of sentimental memories per se.
It's a takeoff from my dog's name and in an odd sense ryhmes with Polkaroo, that lovable kids character from daytime programming.
Ah more memories of the extreme youth years...
"Those who preach the myths of audio are ignorant of truth."

#5186 - 08/30/02 10:34 PM Re: Care To Explain Your User Name?
lando622 Offline
old hand

Registered: 02/16/02
Posts: 82
Loc: Florida, USA
Mine is a combination of a nickname (lando) and the hull number (622) of the first U.S. Coast Guard ship I served in, the USCGC COURAGEOUS out of Panama City Beach, FL.


#5187 - 08/30/02 10:36 PM Re: Care To Explain Your User Name?
ravi_singh Offline

Registered: 03/14/02
Posts: 1351
Loc: Montreal
everyone here was either a car lover or a military person?!?!

my nick is simple, it's my name!!!

#5188 - 08/30/02 11:38 PM Re: Care To Explain Your User Name?
SurinderDhoti Offline

Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 20
Surrender Dorothy.
It makes me giggle. End of story

#5189 - 08/31/02 08:12 AM Re: Care To Explain Your User Name?
b_man Offline
old hand

Registered: 01/25/02
Posts: 64
Loc: Illinois, USA
Pretty boring story here as well. B_man is just a takeoff on my last name, Buras. No one can ever pronounce it, so I just became B-man.

#5190 - 08/31/02 10:56 AM Re: Care To Explain Your User Name?
jbzngowest Offline

Registered: 07/13/02
Posts: 388
Loc: Mid-south U.S.
Ummmm...The first letter of my name, wife's, and 2 boys along with the direction of life's perfect destination (IMO, which is based on my 2 years in Summit County, Colorado). Goofy...yes...but very meaningful and wishful.

#5191 - 08/31/02 09:05 PM Re: Care To Explain Your User Name?
formula1freak Offline
frequent flier

Registered: 08/18/02
Posts: 12
thats easy i LOVE formula 1!! i have went to the last 2 usgp in
indianapolis and are going again this year.


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