all about cars and their owners in Sydney Australia
All about cars and their owners in Sydney Australia
Sydney Australia 2009
During the last 35 years that I have been in Sydney there has been a transition in the type of car that people use and the difference is huge.
When I first arrived in Australia in 1973 I owned and operated some service stations in the Sydney Eastern suburbs 1 in Edgecliff and another in the infamous Kings Cross.
I quickly learned some of the then local expressions like people who lived in the eastern suburbs would say "well you either live on the other side of the bridge or you don't" meaning they would not be caught dead living on the North Shore the other side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Another was the description of a car which also referred to the other side of the bridge " A North Shore Holden" Holden then being the most popular Australian made car but a North Shore Holden was in fact at that time a Volvo.
Mitsubishi Pajero complete with Bull bar and Side Steps
"North Shore Holden"
This was because every second (or it seemed that way) car on the North Shore was in fact a Volvo, and this came about because people had a misguided belief (brainwashed by the advertising) that the Volvo was the safest car on the road and they decided not to have car insurance The problem was that whilst the car was reasonably safe but IMHO a pig to drive, most Volvo drivers ignored the road rules and took big chances driving because they were in the safest car on the road.
Over the years the actual car describe as a North Shore Holden has changed and for a long time it was a Toyota Tarago because it became a car of choice for families shipping their children around from school to scouts and then to soccer and swimming and so on. To split the duties parents have larger vehicles 7 seaters so as to cut down the duties so one parent can take the kids from 3 families achieving a better duty roster.
Then in the late 90s it was the turn of the Mitsubishi Pajero complete with bull bar. The idea being Mums car during the week and Dads escape to the bush at the weekends and holidays. I was a car dealer selling Mitsubishi Pajeros for a while on the Sydney North Shore and very few of the trade in vehicles had ever been in the mud or off road at all so I guess it was wishful thinking on Dads part.
Today I think it is still a 4 wheel drive but probably its back to Toyota as their is now a greater choice of recreational vehicle on the market
wishful thinking on Dads part