The Best Little 4x4 in Australia
Picture this: you’re on a drive in your incredibly stylish, great value Suzuki with your incredibly stylish, great value family.
But oh no! For whatever reason, an iPad, tablet, phone or GameBoy (those are still a thing, right?) isn’t an option and your kids DEMAND to be entertained. What are you going to do?
Break out an automotive-themed, drive time story, of course! Don’t know any? We’re about to make one up for you. You’re welcome.
The Story Begins
“Once upon a time” is the Mr Brightside of story openings. It’s a crowd pleaser. You open with this, and your kids will lose it. And by lose it, we mean, “immediately quiet down back there.” But feel free to add your own flair and go with “a long time ago…” or even a “in a galaxy far far away.” We love the classics though, so we’d probably start like this:
“Once upon a time, in the far away, rugged, all-terrain land of Compact SUV, there lived a young Suzuki named Jimny.”
Naming stuff is the best part of making up a story—feel free to name your characters and places literally whatever you want. We’ve chosen to name them after search terms that make our website easier to find on Google, but you obviously don’t have to. Unless you want. Totally up to you.
The Middle Bit
Now, you’ve started a story and you’ve done a great job too. But the middle bit is really your time to shine. Make up something that happens. Anything. Seriously. Your kids like dragons? Put in a dragon. Your kids like internal moral conflict? Put in some challenges for our hero to overcome.
“Every year in the land of Compact SUV, there was a mighty race held by the king/queen/democratically elected head of state to crown the Best 4x4 in Australia.
All the best SUVs would test their skills by driving through the rugged, magical forest (magical forests are another audience favourite) of Cars. Wait. Does that sound magical enough? How about: the magical forest of Cärs. Yeah, much better.”
Stealing is Good
Never tell your kids that. But yeah, stealing is good and what every great storyteller does. Avatar is just blue Pocahontas. And Pocahontas is just a cartoon remake of Die Hard. Obviously.
Just mash a few classic stories together—the Tortoise and the Hare, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Goodfellas—and BAM, you’ve got a brand spanking new story. Now, where were we?
“Jimny had always dreamt of winning the big race, but all the other SUVs told them that they were too small and too compact to win.
‘I don’t care if I’m compact,’ said Jimny. ‘Because I have a big heart. And front and rear full-width rigid axels for superior suspension.’
Wrapping It Up
Endings are super important but also incredibly easy, especially if it’s a happy one—which is probably the one your kids want. Never forget: you’re stuck in a car with your audience. Do you really want to spend the rest of your car trip with a disgruntled audience that just had to sit through the drivetime story equivalent of Titanic?
Didn’t think so. Keep it light, like this:
“But on the night before the big race, it rained and rained, and the ground of the magical forest became muddy and slippery.
When the day of the big race came, all the big SUVs were too heavy and got bogged in the mud. Plus, roadside assist was having a really busy day, so it was going to take a couple of hours before someone could come out to help them.
But Jimny, who was compact, light and built for this kind of thing, powered through the magical forest, blasting Aerosmith at full volume on their incredible sound system, winning the race!”
This is it: the payoff. It’s time to make this happy ending as happy as we possibly can to avoid the kids asking any follow up questions about the story or its many, many plot holes.
“Jimny was so quick, agile and incredibly good looking, that they won the race in record time.
All the other SUVs gladly admitted defeat and the king/queen/democratically elected head of state declared that not only was Jimny the best small SUV, but also the Best 4x4 in Australia.
Or Is It?
Always leave room for a sequel. This is good advice for long drives or if a certain global entertainment conglomerate should come a-knocking.