It all started
back in 1974 when my parents bought a new light green Monte Carlo. I
was only 5 years old at the time but always loved going for drives to
the beach. When my older brother turned sixteen, my parents gave him
the car and he drove it daily.
to 1975, my fatherís sister learned how to drive a car with his 74
Monte. She liked it so much that she wanted one of her own. She
purchased a new 1977 orange metallic Monte Carlo from Peter Hallissy
Chevrolet of Lowell, MA on February 24, 1977.
we visited my aunt Helen, my brother and I would look and admire the car
from a short distance and could only dream of driving that car one day.
As kids, we thought it was funny because my aunt had a pillow on her
front seat. She was a short woman and had a hard time seeing over the
In July of
1985, I met my husband Michael. It turned out that he shared the same
passion as me, and loved Monte Carlos too. Michaelís first car was a
gold 1972 Monte Carlo, which he purchased used in 1983. In 1986 Michael
purchased a second car and bought a new dark maroon metallic Monte Carlo
Sport Coupe. He even let me drive it off the lot first. We attended
the 11th convention in Louisville, Kentucky in 1996 with his car and
Michael was presented with an award for Top 10 Editorís Choice. He also
won an award for Top Three in his class.
1989 my aunt Helen died, but the love for her car lived on. My parents
kept the car for 10 years. In 1999 they sold a piece of property where
this car was stored, and did not have a place to keep it. Because my
parents knew this car would be in good hands and wanted to keep it in
the family, they gave me the car. On May 13, 1999 I took ownership with
a little more than 19,000 original miles on it. And as of today,
everything is still in itís original condition.
June my husband, daughter, the two dogs and I traveled 1105 miles to the
19th convention in Kentucky. This was the first time my car was ever
shown and we took 3rd place in our category. We also got an award for
the longest distance traveled. Getting an award for my car was one of
the happiest moments in my life. And I think of my aunt Helen every
time I take that car for a spin. I know she is looking down from heaven
and smiling, because she knows how much joy this car brings to our
live in Massachusetts, I only drive the car in the summer and fall. I
love this time of year because my car looks so nice with the foliage.
But with winter right around the corner, itís almost time to put Nellie
away until May.
to attend the 20th convention next year, but with two Montes in the
family itís going to be a difficult decision as to what car is going.
But whatever car it may be, just being fortunate to attend the
convention is good enough for me.