DEFEND YOUR RIDE: Ellen In Golden Gate Park

July 16, 2012 6:20 AM

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“I love the pleasure of driving across the Golden Gate Bridge.”

The Ride
The Driver: Ellen
Car in Question: Black 2006 Mercedes CLK 350
Spotted at: De Young Museum Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
Odometer: 30,000
Car’s Nickname: The Benz


Q: Hi Ellen. Welcome to Defend Your Ride San Francisco. How long have you owned your vehicle?

A: Four years.

Q: If you don’t mind me asking, how old are you Ellen?

A: Fifty-six.

Q: Have you lived in San Francisco your entire life?

A: No, I’ve lived here twice in my life and I am back again. I love the city!

Q: What’s your cars main use?

A: Pleasure driving.

Q: How much time do you spend in your car?

A: Maybe an hour a day, or mostly for trips. Not a lot of city driving.

Q: What kind of weekend trips do you take in it?

A: Up to the wine country, Hillsborough, to the beach, and Santa Cruz.

Q: Where did you get your car?

A: I bought it in San Diego. It’s Mercedes Benz in San Diego. Yeah, it was a great experience!

Q: What’s your favorite day trip from home?

A: Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s a beautiful sunny day and all the tourists out there looking at the sites.

Q: Do you have any rules in your car?

A: Rules? Yeah, no smoking.

Q: Do you listen to music in your car?

A: I do. I have a lot of music on an iPod in there. Yes, I enjoy rocking out.

Q: What genre would you say you listen to the most?

A: You know I have great rock and roll to blast out in there. Old Beatles. Aretha’s always good.

Q: If your car had a human emotion what would it be?

A: Fast, just fast.

Q: How many miles do you think are left in the life of you car?

A: One hundred thousand easy.

Q: What do you think your next ideal car within reason will be?

A: Maybe a van to go on trips with my dogs.

Q: What’s your absolute dream car?

A: Maserati. They just look so good.

Q: Is there anything else we should know about your car?

A: It’s been extremely reliable and it’s fun! Life is good.

Photos and interview by Brandon Oldham

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