When you have two incredible rally driver parents, it really comes as no surprise that you’re going to want to follow a similar path in life. Luckily, it seems as though Oliver Solberg may have inherited the need for speed from both of his parents. Yep, Petter Solberg’s son is already making waves in the rallying world – and he’s just 17.
Petter Solberg And Pernilla Walfridsson
Just in case you’re unsure who Oliver Solberg’s parents are, let us just explain. Petter Solberg is a former WRC (World Rally Championship) Champion, after making his debut back in 1998. With 52 podiums under his belt, mainly with the Subaru World Rally Team, there’s no doubt that this Norwegian knows his way around a rally course. As if having a WRC Champion as a father wasn’t enough, Oliver Solberg can also thank his mom for his racing genes. Pernilla Walfridsson (now Solberg) was also one of the best female rally drivers in the world. Did we mention his uncle is Henning Solberg, too?! There is no denying that racing is in Oliver’s blood.
The Olympus Rally
The Olympus Rally 2019 took place over the last weekend in April, with 127 miles of stages for drivers to take on. Situated just outside of Seattle, much of the course used to be part of a US round of the WRC. This American Rally Association (ARA) event is a good indicator of who is on the up, and which drivers will be promising in the future. This year, Oliver Solberg decided to take it on.
Considering Oliver had never seen the roads before, spectators were shocked when he finished in first place. His teammate, the current ARA Champion David Higgins, finished in second place – nearly 26 seconds behind the rookie! Just like his dad, Oliver raced in a Subaru WRX STI, and it seems as though the combination of good genes and a good car could take the youngster to the top.
Oliver Solberg may only be 17 years old, and this may only be one rally win, but it seems as though he could be one to watch for the WRC in the future.
Love Is Blind
Sometimes, you love your first no matter how badly it let you down. After all, there’s something to be said for the first time you have the freedom of a car available to you, even if that freedom is impeded by performance issues.
Still, we’re sure a lot of people would prefer for their first car to offer them freedom, safety, and comfort in equal measure. That sounds like a much better proposition overall.
Cars that are extremely loud without the intention of the driver are some of the worst, especially if the driver themselves was the type that didn’t like making trouble for people. After all, it really sucks to be the center of attention when you don’t want to be!
We suppose an inoperable car would still be worse, but it’s not like anyone would be happy to drive a car so loud and obnoxious as this one when they are trying to keep a low profile.
Don’t Pick Up Strays
If you find a car abandoned on your property, you can be reasonably sure that said car isn’t a very good automotive specimen. If it were, it probably wouldn’t be abandoned, right?
Sure, it’s a free car, but at some point, the hassle of dealing with a junker like that is more of a draw on your resources than just buying a passable car would be.
A Man’s Best Friend
Admittedly, there are some car problems that you can fix with DIY tools and experience, but at the same time, we don’t recommend actually doing that. Cars aren’t exactly fine-tuned instruments all the time, but they are at least pretty picky if you want them to run well.
Not to mention that, if there ever were an accident because of your DIY fixer-upper, you would probably be punished pretty severely for it, and who really wants that?
Technically, there are a lot of things that would be dangerous to drive without. Even driving with slightly underinflated tires is a dangerous thing for people to do. But we feel that floorboards are really, really important.
Seriously, driving around without even a real barrier between yourself and the road? What if your leg slips while driving 80 miles an hour?
That’s Saying Something
If a car operates so badly that it actually comes out of a fender bender in better shape than it started in, that’s saying something. However, everyone knows that whacking a machine is a good way to make it work when nothing else will, so perhaps there’s some sense to this?
One way or another, having to drive a car that doesn’t function properly — especially in regards to safety features — would make for a pretty awful ride under any circumstances.
Not Gonna Fly
There’s a lot of things that you don’t want to be broken on your car, but the speedometer is definitely up there in regards to importance. You kind of need that to obey the law and drive safely and whatnot.
Moreover, if you get pulled over by the police for speeding, we highly doubt an excuse like this would be enough to get you off the hook. In fact, it would probably just get you penalized even more.
Drive it Like You Stole It
Breaking a key off in the ignition of a car is the worst nightmare for some. Locksmiths cost a lot of money and all that. But for some, they don’t really see that much of an issue with it, so long as they own some pliers, and maybe a screwdriver.
Of course, it would look extremely suspicious every time you hopped in your ride, but you have to do what you have to do, right?
How Does That Even Work?
Cars can be pretty quirky at times. In fact, they can start behaving so strangely that it doesn’t even make sense anymore. For instance, why would the horn of a car go off when the vehicle reaches 95 degrees? How does that even work?
That would be way too annoying for us to deal with, make no mistake about that. We couldn’t deal with our horn going off so often, especially if we lived in a hot place!
Can You See the Appeal?
When cars get some kind of weird quirk, it is usually bad, but it can have an upside in some scenarios. For instance, maybe you have a way to punish someone tailgating you on the road, thanks to a weird flaw in your car.
That said, if the person behind you got into an accident because of you squirting their windshield, we wouldn’t be surprised if you were the one who got penalized for that accident.
If you have a Fiero and it bursts into flames one day, we imagine that’s a very ironic way for the vehicle to establish itself as the worst car you have ever owned.
After all, it’s pretty important for cars to not explode or spontaneously combust. In fact, that may be the number one thing we expect cars to not do. Seems like that would be pretty standard on most vehicles.
What a Coincidence
So, you buy a car and want to drive it home. But on the way there, you get pulled over by the police because that car had been stolen. Well, that would be a pretty crazy set of circumstances. All fun and games, until it turns out to be true.
But at least the guy who bought the car was able to clear his name on that front. Other than that, maybe the car he bought was actually pretty good — for whatever brief time he got to keep it, that is.
A Structural Error
You know what would be a really big problem? If the window of your car shattered every single time you hit a bump. That sounds like a problem worth a whole lot of money since replacing windows is expensive, and it seems to be happening frequently.
The real question is, what on Earth was causing that problem? Where is this force coming from, and why is it shattering the window every time?
In the Old Days
If your car broke down a long time ago, before cell phones were really common, you would run into an interesting issue — it would be hard to call anyone for help! That would be a big problem if your engine fell out of the car.
Of course, there are creative ways you could get people to notice you for help, but those ways could be a little strange. Guess you have to do what you have to do!
Could Have Been Solved
It would be pretty bad to have a windshield that didn’t have any sealant on it, because that’s what keeps the water out of your car. But if you did have this kind of problem, it wouldn’t be that hard to deal with.
It’s actually not very hard to seal a windshield or window, and you could probably learn to do it via a YouTube video. Of course, you shouldn’t be forced to seal up your own car. It should have never had that problem in the first place!
Mr. Potato Car
If your car gets a terrible name like Mr. Potato Car, you know it was well and truly awful. Only something that was a total burden could get a name like that. Only a car that both looks bad and feels bad gets a name like that.
At least in this particular case, the person who made this post didn’t have to actually own the car, but it sounds like she still dealt with it more than she would have liked.
That’s Not Supposed to Happen
There are some places you generally expect fire to come out of your car, assuming that fire had to come from somewhere. Needless to say, the brake pedal is not one of those places, and such a scenario truly amazes us.
Good thing the guys from Tace Bell were nearby to lend a hand in this story, because it really could have been a disaster otherwise! We suppose some faulty wiring may have been to blame in this particular instance.
Missing Something Vital
One of the good things about cars is that they protect you from the elements as you travel around. Or at least, they are supposed to. If you don’t have that luxury, you might hate the car you’re riding in, which would be pretty justified.
This is especially true if you lived somewhere that was exceptionally hot or cold, or somewhere that it rains a lot. No one wants to have to deal with that inside of their own car!
Cry of the Whale
Some cars aren’t even bad — they’re just ugly. For instance, the vehicle described here doesn’t actually seem to have too much going on in regards to problems, other than sounding a little undesirable.
At the same time, it does sound like they are describing an unwieldy tank that would look pretty out of place on modern roads. For some people, that would be more than enough to label a car as the worst one they’d ever owned.
Can You Blame Them?
Judging the value of a dating partner by the car they drive is a little shallow, but at the same time, you cannot deny that a car says something about the person that drives it. So if you have an undesirable car, some people may take that into consideration when dating you.
Or rather, when choosing to not date you. Still, that seems unnecessarily harsh. Maybe the interior of the vehicle was very nice?
Quid Pro Quo
With some cars, you just can’t win. You shut the door, the trunk opens. You shut the trunk, the door opens. That’s just how it is and you can’t really get around it. Still, we suppose this is one of the lesser bad quirks a car could have.
That said, we imagine that most people would prefer to not have such a quirk if they could really help it. Cars with minor problems are still a nuisance.
Being a Little Dramatic
Generally speaking, cars don’t explode. They might catch fire, but explode is pushing it a little bit. Still, maybe the vehicle in this story was making some really awful and troubling sounds.
That being the case, we’ll cut the cop in this tale a little slack, since knowing a ton about cars is not actually a prerequisite to being a cop. We suppose it’s better to be safe than sorry anyway, right?
Not Great for Advertisement
The worst car you’ve ever had could be the best car you owned until a particular moment. In this story, the car in question was actually pretty good, right up until the moment it was getting sold. Fate is like that sometimes.
What could have possibly made the door fall off its hinges like that, we have no idea. It really just seems like the car chose that moment to cause problems for its owners. Maybe it really didn’t want to be sold.
A Literal Death Trap
If your car comes close to killing you every single time you use it, that’s probably a good reason to call it your worst car ever. That’s really not something you want your car doing, after all.
Naturally, the dad in question didn’t believe his son at first, but after driving it once, he apparently learned just how bad the situation really was. At least he gets dad points for actually getting rid of the thing.
Best I Can Do
When your parents want you to buy your own car as a teenager, you tend to not have a whole lot of money to actually do that with. That being the case, your first car may also be your worst car, considering what options you may have available.
We’re not sure if there’s anything in particular wrong with the car that we are being shown here, but we’re sure that the thing that makes it bad is just the fact that it looks like a junker.
Should Probably Get That Sorted
Do you have a problem with your speedometer? Like we said already, it’s usually a very bad idea to not know how fast you are or aren’t going. On top of that, we can’t imagine that anyone would want to drive without knowing how much gas they have.
Maybe we are just anxious drivers, but one way or another, that type of thing would definitely bother us — and on top of that, it’s unsafe. Not a good time.
Oh, Was That Me?
If you can consistently pick up on the fact that traffic jams and whatnot are caused behind you at roughly the time you are driving around, you may have identified your worst car. Of course, it’s not hard considering that the one in this story apparently goes 30 miles an hour.
Why was it so weak and underpowered? The world may never know. One thing is for sure, everyone who got stuck behind that car absolutely hated it.
Now, That’s Sad
Lots of people use cars to test the strength of objects. Something about the idea of a big metal vehicle rolling over something strikes us as a reasonable way to test durability. One would think a phone wouldn’t survive.
Well, in this case, a phone did survive. But really, cars actually distribute their weight very well, so maybe this isn’t as impressive as it sounds on the surface? Maybe it was just a really light car?
Best $500 Ever
Personally, we don’t think you should have to buy a car from your parents, especially if it’s a piece of junk like the one described here. Like seriously, that just seems like a ripoff at a certain point. Especially if you can poke through the car with a stick.
Cars are generally supposed to be able to win against sticks, you know. We’re sure the mention of money well spent in this scenario is intentionally sarcastic.
If even disposing of your car is a challenge, it goes without saying that it sucks. Heck, if it can’t even reach the dump easily, that’s a real problem! Imagine having to coast to the dump just to get rid of the thing!
We’re sure the owners of the car in question were more than happy to be rid of the thing when they finally had enough. A car like that seems like a hassle to own in almost every aspect of the word.
Now, of all the things your car can do, technically you don’t have to back up all that often, compared to moving forward. But at the same time, wouldn’t you feel more comfortable knowing that your car can go in reverse when it needs to?
Having to literally push the vehicle every single time you needed it to go somewhere sounds like a huge pain that no one would want to deal with. We’re surprised he managed to get away with this in Sweden!
Coming in Hot
If your car has a problem that’s likely to get you arrested or into an accident, that sounds like a problem you shouldn’t just accept as part of your car’s quirky identity. That’s a hazard in many ways.
So needless to say, you should probably deal with unwanted acceleration as quickly as possible. Coming in hot may be a funny joke with your friends, but only until someone actually gets hurt because of it.
Sounds Like the Alternator
If you are not mechanically inclined, the problem being described here would probably confound you. How could speed affect the radio? Well, it was probably the alternator, which produces more electric power when the engine is producing more RPMs.
So, more power meant more could go to the radio. That said, cars aren’t supposed to work like that, so clearly there was an issue somewhere.
Having a car that makes a terrible noise is one thing. Having a car that makes a terrible noise only sometimes is another. Because honestly, wouldn’t you prefer to know when something terrible is going to happen?
Otherwise, you have to deal with the embarrassment of the terrible noise being described here just happening whenever, when you least expect it. That’s even worse than just knowing it would happen every single time.
These days, you thankfully don’t have to worry as much about cars smelling. New cars tend to avoid that problem. Unfortunately, there’s a bunch of older ones that don’t, and the smell of gasoline is pretty constant.
We agree with the friends in this story — it would definitely be pretty concerning, and we wouldn’t want to deal with anything flammable while near the Pacer being described. It’s an accident waiting to happen!
Again With This?
Apparently, a lot of people had old cars that had a tendency to catch on fire, or at least pose some sort of fire hazard. Really makes you wonder how the manufacturing of cars has changed over the years.
Needless to say, driving around with your car on fire is a very bad idea. Not that cars are prone to exploding, but they are obviously not supposed to be engulfed in flames during operation. At least the guy was literally in the process of getting it checked out.
You know, maybe this one isn’t even so bad! With your car doors failing to work as intended, you actually get to have some free exercise whenever you want to get out of it, and you also get a chance for a lame joke with all your friends!
Seriously, though, we’re sure that the situation being described here got pretty old at some point because it would be pretty hard for it not to.
Riding in a hot car sucks, and don’t let anyone tell you differently. No one wants to take a ride in a sweltering metal coffin, especially if the trip is going to be a long one. Worst car ever? By some definitions, absolutely.
But at the same time, at least the car being described seems like it actually functioned properly, as far as driving is concerned, and that’s really the most important thing.
The Beast of Burden
Truly, when a car gets a name is when you know it is either super amazing or a super hassle. The Beast sounds like a pretty cool name, but Beast of Burden most certainly does not.
Of course, having to deal with these small technical issues every time you use the car does indeed make it sound like it would be an absolute hassle to actually use, so the name is very fitting.
Just Walk Away
Do you know how you can tell if a car sucks? If you are willing to just ditch it in the middle of nowhere, never to be seen again. If a car is good, even decent, you wouldn’t do that. You’d only abandon a truly awful vehicle.
We suppose it’s not like you are really losing that much at that point anyway, right? It would probably cost more to save the car than the car itself is actually worth, so you may as well just ditch a junker that is as bad as all that.
Honestly, some of the cars on this list should have never been allowed to put their tires on the road. The hood flies up into the windshield while on the highway? Seriously? This guy is lucky to be alive today.
Of all the possible things your car could do to almost get you killed while driving, this is absolutely one of the worst, and it’s to say nothing about the risk it posed to other drivers on the road as well.
So You Thought
For some people, the worst car they ever dealt with was the one they didn’t get to actually enjoy that much. We all know the story — the parent jiggles some keys around, the kid gets excited, then they tell you the car isn’t for you. Ouch.
Honestly, that kind of joke is pretty cruel, and we wouldn’t really blame the teenagers who deal with it for being pretty irritated for the rest of the week.
Too Slow for the Slow Lane
If your car goes so slow that even drivers in the slow lane feel that you are taking forever to get anywhere, you can probably tell that there’s a problem. Truckers generally don’t feel the need to pass people on the highway.
If they do, it’s usually because you are going so slow that you are literally holding up traffic. Honestly, 50 miles an hour as a top speed is pretty awful for just about any vehicle that could reasonably pay the highway a visit.
Too Hot for Work
It’s not always downright ancient junker cars that let down their drivers. Sometimes, even a car that doesn’t look like it would be too much of a problem has the potential to be one. Take this Mazda, for example.
The last thing anyone needs is a car that isn’t going to drive under somewhat reasonable circumstances. We understand a car having issues with Death Valley heat, but normal heat levels shouldn’t put it out of commission.
What if No One Is Around?
Any car that requires assistance just to get around is an example of a very bad car. Apparently, this guy needed help just to get over hills. Well, what if no one was around to help? What then?
It just seems like something you would get rid of as soon as possible, though we suppose that the story doesn’t let us know how swiftly the car was actually replaced. We assume it was gotten rid of at some point.