Today, it was with a heavy heart that we said good-bye to our beloved V. G. Variant, fondly known as Ripley.
An adventurous and well-travelled companion, Ripley adored the open road and took great care of those who drove her. In twenty years of roadworthiness, she’s seen the lavender fields of southern France, visited the Italian Riviera Cinque Terre, climbed the steep and windy roads of the Spanish Pyrenees, bathed along the Croatian coastline and hightailed the famous German autobahn.
In between her European escapades she gave herself to charity, transporting the odd appliance or ski boot, family or friend, and ne’er a complaint. Only once did she succumb to fatigue, but who wouldn’t with the light on all night.
Despite the lack of air conditioning and clear radio signal, she handled well and gave excellent mileage. Solid, shiny and always reliable, she left this world on her own terms.
We will miss you.