How are you celebrating “National Name Your Car Day?”

By Colin Wood
Oct 2, 2023 | Discussion, National Name Your Car Day, Car Names

Photograph Courtesy Paramount Pictures

Need an excuse to celebrate your car? Today, October 2, is “National Name Your Car Day” according to the National Day Calendar.

Supposedly, the holiday was created in 1990 by St. Louis TV reporter John Pertzborn to honor his 1954 Buick named "Elvis." (It earned its nickname from how it “shakes, rattles and rolls.”)

The National Day Calendar says that the best way to observe the holiday is to do the following:

  • Pick out a name for your car, if you haven't already. 
  • Show pictures of your jalopy with that new name on a sign placard for all to see.
  • Tell the story behind your car's name.
  • Take your Betsy, Arnold, Chuck, or Delores out for a spin.
  • Use #NameYourCarDay to post on social media.

So, what better place to share your car and its name than right here on the GRM forum?

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
10/2/23 2:41 p.m.


Not the most exciting, but my Honda Fit's name is Finley 2.0 because the first Finley the Honda Fit got punted into a tree.

I got it when I was in college with some 27,000 miles, and now it has over 90,000.

Antihero GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
10/2/23 2:43 p.m.

I've always named my cars

Daylan C.
Daylan C. PowerDork
10/2/23 2:55 p.m.

Humphrey the '89 Caprice was named atleast 2 owners ago and we all just kept the name.

Golfball the hail damaged white Miata has a very obvious name.

The Civic that ended up being my problem was named JD after JD McDuffie and his record for most starts with no win. Messing with the car more I decided its full name is actually JD McE36 M3Show.

Chris_V UberDork
10/2/23 3:24 p.m.

This is Rowdy the Roadster. Earned his name on my first drive.


Our first Chevy Bolt my wife named Harry, after the bolt on Harry Potter's forehead (and the fact that she had already named our previous Volt, Lord Voltemort). The new one is Harry II, Electric Boogaloo.


And the Suburban tow vehicle is JB... 'cause it's a  'burban. It followed up our previous tow rig, Clifford, the Big Red Truck (a '94 Chevy extended cab dually).

scardeal SuperDork
10/2/23 3:27 p.m.

I have a commitment to name any Subaru I own "Bernadette Subaru" unless I should at some point own 2 Subarus at one time.  My new BRZ inherited the moniker.  I want to get some badging letters in the Subaru font to make it all nice and official.

Our Pacifica has been dubbed "The Big Blue Bus."

Some cars, though, don't seem to earn a nickname.  The ATS was just "the ATS".

TJL (Forum Supporter)
TJL (Forum Supporter) Dork
10/2/23 3:29 p.m.

Buddha Farts. 

My truck has a Buddha shift knob and no muffler(4cyl) so its fart-can-esqe

Toyman! GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/2/23 3:38 p.m.

They don't all get names but some of them do.

Our E150 conversion van was the Great White Beast. 

SanFord was named by a toll booth operator near Chicago 

The 1996 Tiffin was the Blunder Bus. 

The new motorhome is the EndOver. 


SkinnyG (Forum Supporter)
SkinnyG (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
10/2/23 3:55 p.m.

In order of when it all started:

'86 Honda Civic 1500S: The Heinous Honda

'95 Nissan Sentra: The Sinister Sentra

'06 UBILT Super 7: The Lethal Locost

'94 Nissan Hardbody: The Hideous Hardbody

'86 V8 Pontiac Firefly (Chevy Sprint): The Fiendish Firefly

'77 Chevy Silverado: The Crusty Chevy

'10 Hyundai Accent: The Angry Accent

'61 Chevy Apache: not touching that one

Tom1200 PowerDork
10/2/23 4:02 p.m.

The Datsun is known as The Pokey.

preach GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
10/2/23 4:11 p.m.

Black Dodge

Black Porsche

White VW

Gunmetal VW

Baby E36 M3 Brown VW

Blue Porsche

Gold Taco

Maroon Opel

Only caveat is the black porsche is also the leper pariah.

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