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More bottle than United Dairies!


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.

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I think you will agree once you have read the article that both man and machine had “more bottle than United Dairies”!

The ones that got away


Following a blog the other day on which I blogged about a dutch classic car auction site and some of the interesting metal they had. I received a number of messages and had a number of chats with friends and colleagues about classic cars. Unfortunately the DVLA have removed my licence for a while on medical grounds and these would be the vehicles that are top of my wish list to drive or to own. In no particular order.

  1. Jaguar XJS 6.0 Convertible. There is something about these cars. I absolutely love them. Classic values for good ones are going through the roof. S-Jaguar-XJS-Convertible
  2. Toyota MR-2 Mk1. Always had a soft spot for these. I remember being picked up at Manchester Airport by a colleague who drove one and was amazed at how quickly we made it across northern country roads to a very important meeting. My flight was delayed and we were up against the wall on time. The MR2 definitely saved the day!mr2
  3. Ford Sierra Sapphire Cossworth. I remember these machines very well. Sharp handling and if you were too quick with a 2WD version this car could easily end up in the ditch 🙁 Find one that has been stolen is nearly impossible and finding a really nice one is very difficult. ford-sapphire-rs
  4. Mini Cooper. One of the last ones please 🙂 I did actually manage a drive in one of these. At the time I could not remember having so much fun sriving. It was the biggest hoot and left such a smile on my faceI really wish I could have bought one.minicooper
  5. Lotus Carlton. I can only dream about driving one of these especially in RHD form. What I wouldn’t want to dream about is how long it would take me to get done for speeding. One friend reckons I would lose my licence within one hour. If they give me licence back that is! Great car fantastic bit of kit. Rated better than a BMW M5 by some 🙂lotuscarlton
  6. Audi Quattro. What an icon after 30 years. I have heard so many special stories about these from people whi have been fortunate enough to own or drive one. A good drive across country in one of these would be a great few hours spent out of the house or office.

There are scores of other real world cars I could suggest such as the Nissan 200 sx, toyota celica BMW M3 E30, Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 but the ones above are my favourites of the era. I definitely missed the boat with these.  

An old enemy moves on


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.