My First Car

My First Car

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Frankie Valli's first car was a 1936 green DeSoto. What was yours?

Welcome to the "My First Car" photo contest. If you've penned your memories and found a photo of your first car, then you're in the right place!

By submitting your brief story of 200 words or less and at least one photo, you could potentially be part of a great book for a terrific cause, "My First Car." My First Car is a coffee table book being produced by Star-Ledger |, New Jersey's largest media company, in conjunction with The Valerie Fund, a non-profit organization that has provided support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders since 1976. $5 from each book sold will help The Valerie Fund continue its mission of providing comprehensive, state of the art outpatient health care to more than 4,000 New Jersey children and their families each year.

In addition to selecting voter's favorite submissions from this entry site, My First Car will also contain reminisces and photos from many celebrities, politicians and thought leaders who put their roots down in New Jersey. Franki Valli is the official celebrity spokesman for the project on behalf of The Valerie Fund.

Encourage your family and friends to vote for your first car memories. This book will be available on or about September 14, 2014, but you can pre-order your book now and save $10! This collectors' item would make great holiday gifts for any Garden Stater old enough to have a first car in their rear view mirror. If you really want to get in on the action go to and purchase tickets to the "My First Car Official Book Launch Party" at The Valerie Fund's Gala Celebration of the Dealer's Unite Campaign co-hosted by the New Jersey Coalition of Auto Retailers, on Sunday, September 14 from 3:00-7:30 at the NJ Expo Center at the Raritan Center in Edison, New Jersey. You can share memories with other book contributors and maybe even a celebrity or two!

Thank you again for submitting your first car memories and photos. Visit often to check out the other submissions and vote for your favorites!

Challenge over, that's a wrap folks! We ended up with 20 photos and 151 votes

Winners will be announced soon, check back often!

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