I found it in the parking lot by the fence just where editor Mark
Richardson said it would be. Good thing because with only a key and no
remote, the new normal way to find a loaner car in a dark parking
lot, flashing the car lights, was not an option.
Opening the driver's door with the key actually in the door lock (how
retro), I climb into the drivers seat, find the ignition, and start
the car. It was cold and dark and the windows were fogged up. I
couldn't see any of the controls to turn on the heater fan and rear
defroster. I fumbled with the overhead light and then tried hard to
see the centre console. Finally the coin dropped. I actually had to
turn the lights on MANUALLY before you could see the instruments and
I haven't driven a car in the last ten years that didn't have auto
lighting. How soon we forget.
Things went smoothly from there. The Accent reminded me of my first
car, a 1968 Mini 1000. Less torque steer thou and probably more power,
but none of that go-cart with a roof feel of the Mini. It also seemed
a little twichy but still fun in a nostalgic row and rev kinda way.
When I got home I stopped and tried to back into the driveway. OK no
you don't just bang it over to the left to select reverse. I know that
because I tried it several times. Mercifully I was on a quiet
residential street and up hill... I coasted backwards using gravity...
and sheepishly pulld into the driveway driving forwards. Safely parked
I again turn on the overhead light to inspect the shifter, and
discover the collar that releases the gate to shift into reverse.
Next challenge, driving in daylight!