As a self confessed petrol head I do like hear of quality drives and missions involving cars, especially when they seem like doomed ideas and they come good. Those of my generation can certainly consider “The Liver Run” as a shining example (Google it if you haven’t heard about it. Its an amazing feat of driving. Another amazing feat of driving was passed to me this morning by the Aronline website. My thanks to Keith Adams as always for writing these excellent nuggets of content that I enjoy reading and sometime blogging about.
Anyway over 20 years ago, a journalist buys a Morris Marina for £190 in Loot (anyone remember Loot?) and drives to Bosnia. What he did in Bosnia and how get got out of it is one amazing story against all the odds. I won’t spoil the story so please click on the link below to read it all.
I think you will agree once you have read the article that both man and machine had “more bottle than United Dairies”!
Now before you get too excited, its not a person or an organisation. Those of you who like myself spend half of your lives on a motorway will call it an institution. Its usually white, driven by a service engineer, never seen away from the outside lane. Never driven at less than 100mph. Always on a mission. The drivers always seem to think that a cigarette length between them and the car in front is acceptable braking distance. Yes ladies and gentlemen. The Astra Van has gone out of production. An enemy in so many ways but to be fair its probably the drivers as well. How a 1.6 engined box could top 130 fully loaded has always been beyond me. A friend as well if you were having trouble making it home down the M1 at 7pm of the evening a lazy route would be sit behind an Astra Van and let it do the hard work for you. Indeed it was also with a colleagues Astra Van that one night I recorded my fastest ever run between Leeds and London. I won’t list the time here because even though it was so many years ago, I do fear the traffic police will want to have a little “chat” with me about it. So there we are these little pests will start to disappear from our roads soon. I for one in a strange way will miss them.