“It’s been in Europe. I lived in Spain and this car is what I drove there.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Laura
- Car in Question: 1997 Honda CR-V
- Spotted at: Inner Harbor, Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230
- Odometer: 207,688
- Car’s Nickname: Vladimir a.k.a. Serv
Q: Why does your car have two nicknames Laura?
A: Vladimir because I had a thing back in high school where I named everything with a V. Serv because that’s phonetically how you would say CR-V.
Q: So it’s a coincidence that they both sound kind of Russian?
A: I guess so. I never thought about that.
Q: Is Vladimir a.k.a. Serv a particularly cultured car?
A: It actually has been all over the world. It’s been in Europe. I lived in Spain and this car is what I drove there.
Q: How did they get it from Spain to Baltimore? A boat?
A: [laughs] I guess, yeah. A ship or something. But yeah, I had it in Spain and it was dope. I lived in the very most Southern tip of Spain, near all the beaches. It was sick.
Q: Where else have you been with this car?
A: I’ve been to Maine a bunch. My aunt and uncle live there and it’s a sweet place to go camping.
Q: You have had this car since high school. How have you evolved as a driver?
A: In high school, I was definitely an aggressive speeder. I was horrible with speeding but now, I won’t ever go more than five over the speed limit. I think people in Baltimore drive poorly. And honestly, it’s so easy to drive poorly in the city. Cops are never around and I feel like they’re not going to pull you over for that.
Q: Do you ever get confused or annoyed at the one-way streets?
A: No, I never really get confused by it. I get a little annoyed when other people do, though.
Q: What do you listen to when you drive around?
A: I don’t have any CDs. Also, my iPod cord is broken. It’s not a big deal though. In the city I mainly use a bike to get to school, so my car is usually parked outside my place.
Q: Was it bequeathed to you from your parents?
A: My parents got it when it came on the market. It was one of the first smaller SUVs. Then when I turned 16, they just gave it to me.
Q: It’s getting pretty old. Is it holding up well?
A: I mean, the work I put into it is probably exceeding the value of the car. Recently, I had to get my brakes replaced in the back. It was making a weird noise, rubbing against the axle or something.
Q: Do you think if you hang onto it a little longer it will be an antique or classic?
A: [laughs] I wouldn’t go with antique, but it’s definitely a ’90s classic.
Q: If your car had a human emotion, what would it be and why?
A: Chill. It just is.
Q: What do you want your next car to be?
A: A hybrid because the gas will be so cheap. The gas isn’t horrible on this. It’s better than you’d think. I think it’s 23.
Q: What’s your absolute dream car?
A: An Audi. I’d probably get a four-door, not a two-door.
Q: You’d zip that around Fed Hill?
A: Yeah. Woo! Coming down Light Street.
Q: Do you like riding down Light Street?
A: Coming down Light Street into the Harbor at night is really cool looking. You can see all of the city, then boom, you’re in. It’s beautiful.
Photos and interview by Eldis Sula
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