Throwback Thursday: Hugie House, December 2003

Odometer (Legend):  529,034


Odometer (ILX):  70,627


Check it out – an impromptu Acura ILX meet at a mall parking lot in New Jersey earlier this week.  My friend Chris said he saw the opportunity to park its car next to a couple of siblings, so he took advantage of the photo opportunity.


Cool to see how Bellanova White, Silver Moon, and Polished Metal all compare in the real world.  Thanks Chris for sharing!

This week, we’re turning back the clock just a little over a decade.  I was 22 years old and proudly driving my 1994 Legend LS coupe that had only 120,000 miles on it.  Somehow one day, we ended up with all my family’s cars parked out in front of the house on the street.  Maybe dad was cleaning out the garage?  He’s the only person I’ve ever known to mop the garage floor on his hands and knees. It’s no wonder I ended up with obsessive compulsive disorder.


St. George, Utah.  Here’s what our lineup looked like in December 2003.

  • 1996 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 5-speed – Dad’s
  • 1997 Acura 3.2 TL – Mom’s
  • 1994 Acura Legend LS Coupe 6-speed – Mine
  • 1992 Toyota Pickup 4×4 5-speed – Bentley’s
  • 1986 Acura Legend Base Sedan 5-speed – Payton’s


Of all those vehicles, my Legend is the only one that’s still in the family today.  Dad’s Tacoma was traded out for a black 2004.  Mom’s TL was sold when she got a black RL.  Bentley rolled his pickup on its side and ended up getting into diesel pickups.  And Payton went to a Maxima and eventually an IS300.

It’s been fun to see the evolution of my family’s car choices over the years.  Our Honda driveway started out something like this in 1998, with my 1989 Prelude Si, my brother 1984 Civic S, mom’s 1993 Legend, and a project 1988 Legend.


November 2004 – Payton’s 1996 Nissan Maxima, Bentley’s 2001 Lexus IS300, and my “winter beater” 1991 Acura Legend.  (The 1994 coupe was stored away while I attended school at Utah State).


By 2006, my brothers have moved into trucks.  Pictured here was mom’s 2000 Acura 3.5 RL, Payton’s 1997 Toyota Tacoma, my 1994 Legend, and Bentley’s 2004 Dodge Ram.  Monster truck madness.


The trucks kept getting bigger.  In January 2009, brother Bentley had a 2008 Ford F-250 Powerstroke that matched the Milano Red paint on my mom’s 1994 Legend LS coupe perfectly.


I’ll have to see if I can get current pictures of some of the family rides together this summer.  What’s in your family’s driveway today?

Tooting my own horn a little:  On Tuesday night, I went to a meeting with the local automotive journalist group, called the Phoenix Automotive Press Association (“PAPA“).   After some presentations, we saddled up in these karts and tore up the track for 10 minutes.


I ended up placing 2nd out of 8 participants.  And Tim, the winner, was an SCCA-level (Sports Car Club of America) professional driver!  So I didn’t feel bad at all losing to him.  Haha.  These karts were sweet – all electric, and FAST.


I might have gone a little heavy on the throttle on the way home after having floored that kart around the corners for 14 laps.

Finally, a little update on my story about the ILX roadtrip to Castle Hot Springs from a few weeks ago.  Remember how the long-since-closed resort northwest of Phoenix was going up for auction?  Well, apparently it did find a buyer.  Stay tuned for further developments.  Thanks, Leif, for the info!


I’m off to Los Angeles tomorrow for the weekend.  Safe travels to one and all.


5 Responses to “Throwback Thursday: Hugie House, December 2003”

  1. I sure was hoping Payton still had that ’86 and it was for sale. 🙂

  2. Your mom’s red Legend coupe would have been my top choice. Of course, I am partial to red coupes as you know. My 07 Accord coupe is approaching 100k, while the wife’s matches color Fit Sport is at about 125k.

    If you’re in the south O.C. area on your LA trip let me know. I’ll show you a couple if slow-turning odometers 🙂

    • Ron, I wish I’d remembered you were in that area. I’m back in Arizona already but just finished posting a write-up on my trip to California, including parts of Orange County. Keep racking up the miles on that gorgeous red Accord coupe. I’d like to see it in person on my next trip to that area.

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