“Look at this speedometer! There’s no excuse for not knowing your speed.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Cathy
- Car in Question: 2011 Mini Cooper
- Spotted at: Radio City Music Hall, New York, N.Y. 10020
- Odometer: 2,000
- Car’s Nickname: Winnie
Q: Hi Cathy! Welcome to Defend Your Ride New York. What are you up to today?
A: I’m running a few errands. I had to drop something off around the corner. I wish I came at a quieter time. There are too many buses right now. And I’m parked in a bus lane!
Q: What features would you brag about to your friends?
A: I like the way it’s designed. Look at this speedometer! There’s no excuse for not knowing your speed. Vintage styling. I also like the size. It’s easy to maneuver. I just did a parallel park over there between two trucks on the side.
Q: If your car had a human emotion, what would it be and why?
A: This car has a lot of personality. It’s very lively, full of pep! Good for driving in the city.
Q: Do you use the car for work?
A: Not really. Where am I going to park for the whole day?
Q: Where is the farthest place you’ve been in this car before?
A: I drove to Western Pennsylvania, out to the Poconos a few times. Getting out of the city every now and again to visit friends is good. Driving out of Manhattan is the toughest part via one of the tunnels or the George Washington Bridge. It takes a long time. They’re hard to navigate.
Q: What is your dream car?
A: You know, I really like this one. It’s great for my vehicular needs. On the other hand, I just saw an ad for a Fiat 500. That looks pretty nifty too.
Photos and interview by Jai Mitchell
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