Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ode to Hans

This weekend, Hans, our macho German machine, will retire after almost 5 years of faithful service. Other than the 2 occasions when Hans was whacked in his toned behind by careless delusionary drivers, there was only once when he had to be towed into ER (aka the VW workshop) for a system reboot. Sadly, Hans had not been quite his robust self since after his "hospital" stay in the first part of this year. Over the past couple of weeks, Hans has been beeping again about his engine oil pressure and causing us some alarm.
And hence, last weekend saw Daddy- and Mummyji car-shopping. Oh well, at least this time we test-drove 2 brands, and then settled for the Saab. Anyways,more about that later. This feed's for Hans.
After Marcel, our Renault Laguna, died on us in early 2003, Daddy- and Mummyji had, by divine intervention, driven into the first showroom in LengKee Road - VW. And so it was that we first drove the Passat and decided to get it. Some days later, Mummyji got to drive Hans home from the showroom because Daddyji was away for work and Mummyji fell right in love with this new German fella, full of feist and style.
Whenever Daddyji is away on business, Mummyji has exclusive use of Hans.
Mummyji never cease to look back to cast an admiring look at Hans after parking him. He is easily one of the best, if not THE best looking vehicle in any carpark.
Sleek and macho, Hans always seem to attract silly drivers of lesser makes who'll want to overtake us. Mummyji loves the roar that Hans' turbo engine kicks up when she steps on the gas pedal and the other cars are soon left far behind.
However, Mummyji has to assert to one and all who read this blog that she's a safe driver, definitely not one to challenge others or overtake dangerously (Mummyji just wants to get out of those lunatics' way!) And that the speeding ticket plus fine slapped on Mummyji wasn't due to that too. Mummyji had merely accelerated slightly on an empty stretch of road to ascertain that Hans was ok, that his engine wasn't getting sluggish. Doubt if the traffic cops will care much for Mummyji's reasoning for doing 80-90kph instead of the supposed limit of 60.
Incidentally, that will be Mummyji's 2nd speeding summon after 13 years of legal driving... ;p

Last November saw Mummyji driving the family back from KL, after Hari Raya visiting, cos Daddyji had to stay on for another day for business.
It was an exhilarating drive, and Mummyji doubts a Jap or Korean car would ever have provided the same thrill.
With many lovely memories of driving Hans, Mummyji's really sad to see her German companion go. He'll be reconditioned for export, as there isn't really a resale market for him here in Singapore. Goodness knows what he'll look like in his new lease of life, and how his new owner will treat him! Mummyji doesn't even want to imagine that....sob...

Auf Wiedersehen, dear Hans, you have served us well and you will be missed.

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