It was on a cold fall evening in 1969 that I was born in Bruges, Belgium. I have lived all my life near this historic mediaeval city in Western Europe. Ever since I was very young I have been fascinated with cars in general, and American ones in particular. This fascination was nourished even more when my dad started driving an Oldsmobile Delta 88 in 1979. My grandfather bought at the same time a Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Although these cars are not exactly up to the standard of Cadillac, they made me acquainted with American cars and their inherent luxury and size. Surprisingly, both the Monte Carlo and the Oldsmobile were "downsized" cars. But to me, a 10-year old boy, these cars were true land yachts. My grandfather had driven American cars (Studebaker, Chevrolet, ...) in the late 1940s, early 1950s, when the European automobile industry was still trying to recuperate from the Second World War. But for me, being driven in an American car was new to me. And boy, did I like it!
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