If you’ve been paying attention to our recent posts, you may have noticed that we’ve published a few of our great car love stories from last year’s Valentines contest. That’s because we’re getting ready to do it again! Chances are if you are reading this, you’re what they call a ‘Petrolhead’ in England. It’s ok, so are we. With Valentine’s day coming up, we thought it would be fun to cast a net out there to get some fun, unique, interesting stories for the blog from you guys, our customers. The theme? Automotive love, of course, and you can win eEuro bucks. $350 in eEuroparts.com credit for the grand prize, and $150 for two runner ups.
So how do I enter?
At some point in your life, did you ever feel that you loved a car? Did you think about it while you were away? Did you ever just stare at it for probably longer than you should have? Have you ever apologized to it, after throwing a wrench at the engine bay?
Love is a very human emotion, and cars are of course mechanical contraptions that have no feelings (even though sometimes it seems that they might). Yet, most of us can reminisce about some point in their lives where they could say that their car was an object of love, maybe you still do. If so, let’s hear about it!
At least 400 words (3 or 4 paragraphs). Shorter stories will not be accepted.
The email must have at least 3 photos containing the car, the higher the quality and quantity the better your odds.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 27
Winners will be picked on the February 28th.
What we are looking for is around 500+ words in a .doc with a minimum of 3 photos attached about a car that you really love now, or maybe it was the love that got away. Try not to exceed 1500 if possible. We will choose a grand prize winner to be featured on the blog for the last day in February, who will receive $350 in eEuroparts.com site credit! Two additional runner-ups will receive $150 in eEuro site credit to buy whatever parts your heart desires. That’s three chances to win. We can take it from there, and don’t be embarrassed about your writing we have a great editor that will make it shiny and fresh. If it’s interesting to read, we’re in.
Send an email to email@example.com with your car love story and attached photos. Good luck! We will choose our big winner and publish your post on our blog in March! By entering, you are authorizing our use of your story. If we can’t post it, you aren’t entered!
For reference, here’s last years grand prize winner, Brett Ryan:
It all started with a search on Craigslist’s casual encounters (Kidding!). Ehem. It all started with a regular old search on Craigslist. It was around the time in my life when my friends and I were getting our hands on European cars. We were used to dropping modified carburetor V8s into everything from Camaros to Chevy S10 pickups, but I wanted something faster, something sportier, something I could feel every bend and corner in. Importantly, something that would whoop the tail end of my friend’s Audi s4. After some thought about the rivalry, I figured I’d do it with M Power. I found an E36 BMW M3 in Techno Violet for sale on the outskirts of NYC. Low mileage with some major service recently done. It was advertised for $9000, or best offer. It was for sale for months, so I went down with my friend (and his S4) to check it out. It needed some minor repairs not mentioned in the ad, so I offered him $7500 and he took it.
With a license plate borrowed off the Audi, we made the journey back to Connecticut. I must have had a smile on my face the whole time on the drive home.
Over time I began to love this car more and more, and a name came to mind. Julia *. I got to know her on a personal level. This car was fun, this car was fast, this car was unbelievable. So smooth, so crisp, so much feeling and feedback behind the wheel. Inspired, I decided to try going to an autocross event. With some quick clutch jabs and wheel sawing, I won my class in my first autocross attempt. I couldn’t believe it.
Time went on, and through a little luck I met a French girl who likes rallying. She loved when I first picked her up in the BMW M3. Approaching her final days staying in the US, we decided to sign up for a rally, an experience that we emerged with a second place finish. Not too bad, and we had a lot of fun. Shortly after the rally, I drove her to Boston airport and told her I’d move to France with her, just give me a little time.
A few short months later I took the plunge and moved to France to live with my new love, but I had an empty feeling, a sadness. Something was missing. Then I realized It wasn’t my family or my town that was making me feel this way, it was that damn car! I knew I had waiting for me in America.
After living in France for awhile, I came back to check up on my family (and my cars). During the week at home, she Skype’s me. The message was clear and sudden, she was leaving me for someone else. It caught me off guard, and for awhile I was a mess. I gathered what I had left, walked out to the garage, opened the bay, took the dusty car cover off, there she was.. Julia. Still there waiting for me right where I left her. I connected the battery cables, and she started right up. With the S52 engine purring, I put it in gear and off I went for a drive. The best thing to clear my head.
People may come and go in our lives but a great car comes every so often.
“L’amour fait les plus grandes douceurs et les plus sensibles infortunesde la vie.” – Madeleine de Scudery
*(Julia Pronounced: yooleah, like they do in Germany, Poland etc)