My first car, a 4 cylinder, 1500cc, “4 on the tree”, bench seat Ford Cortina. First surfboard at 3.6m long was almost as long as the car at 4.2m! Subsequent surfboards looked a little more in proportion to this small car. The car had been driven by my mother for several years and I had learned to drive in it. When I started work in January 1971, I purchased the Cortina as a means to reach my distant work place and good surf beaches!