“There’s something invigorating about a good drive.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Leo
- Vehicle in Question: 2009 Ford Fusion
- Spotted at: Dock Street, Society Hill
- Odometer: 25,000
- Nickname: Black Beauty
Q: Great Ford Fusion! Where did you get it?
A: I bought it from Garnet Ford in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Maro sold me this and my last two cars. He’s a great guy and always helps my family. It’s a fantastic step up from my old car, a Ford Focus. I feel like an actual adult when driving it. It’s mainly for commuting currently. I’m in it about 45 minutes a day.
Q: What’s your favorite or least favorite part of your commute?
A: The Pennsylvania Turnpike is a double-edged sword. I get to open up my engine on clear nights or sit in jams during the morning.
Q: What kind of trips do you take?
A: If I do take a trip, I drive anywhere from Manhattan to Baltimore in it. My favorite was going to Asbury Park to see the Bouncing Souls. We drove there with close friends, hit up White Castle, drank before the show and sang our lungs out. It was a great time. I drove to Manhattan with my friend Kevin for a New Year’s Eve concert. It took us a surprisingly short 120 minutes to get there on that particular day.
Q: Do you have any rules in your car?
A: Just don’t throw up in it.
Q: What’s the one thing you would change or add to your car?
A: A sunroof would have been a nice addition.
Q: How does driving make you feel?
A: I love driving. I’ve driven all over the East Coast for the past 10 years and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. There’s something invigorating about a good drive.
Q: What do you think your next car will be?
A: It will either be this or something very similar. I plan on having children in the next couple of years. I feel that this would work as a really nice family car too.
Photos and interview by Michaelangelo Ilagan
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