Three suitcases, one hockey bag, two backpacks, two hockey sticks, two pillows, a couple dozen hangers, a mop bucket filled with car washing supplies, a folding chair, two unfinished handles of liquor, a large container of baby powder, a large bottle of mouthwash, two plates, one bowl, a few tumbler cups, one laptop, and several other small household items that have since slipped my mind.
What do they all have in common?
They all fit somewhere in the trunk or backseat of my sedan as I prepared to pack up my life as an intern in San Francisco and drive east with my uncle to accept a position at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
I had driven out to the Bay Area from the Granite State eight months earlier with my dad. We made the 3,000-mile drive in only four days across I-80. I took a more southern route back with my uncle, Erik, picking him up in Phoenix and then weaving through west Texas and Oklahoma before heading back north toward I-80.
That's the tale of my car. It was the defining moment when my life and my world was powered by four wheels and a gas pedal. We all have such a story.
This week, we're asking Toyota owners to share theirs. The "Tell Your Toyota Tale" contest challenges fans to submit a story about how a Toyota has driven their lives.
The prize for the three best submissions will be the single most memorable mile driven in a Toyota by the respective winners. It will be the opportunity to drive around the Magic Mile with two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in the truck bed during driver introductions just moments before the start of the Camping World RV Sales 301 on July 13, 2014. Afterward, the winners will head up to the Toyota Suite above the Concord Grandstands to take in the race with a guest - another memorable experience.
Entering for this once-in-a-lifetime contest is simple: either visit the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Facebook page to submit a video or photo with a brief caption, or tweet or instagram your content with #NHMSToyotaTale. Videos are encouraged; photos are accepted. The deadline to enter for this unique opportunity is June 15, 2014.