To say I’m obsessed with the cars I’ve owned, would be an under-statement. I think we all remember our first car - mine was a 848cc mini-van, reg ‘FUU 605J’ and I loved it! The sad thing is, that I don’t have any photos - but maybe that’s a good thing...read on! It cost me 30 quid but I didn’t like the colour - dark blue! So my Dad suggested we repaint it. And he did mean rePAINT. Not a spray-gun in sight, but plenty of paint brushes. Noooo! It ended up being a maroon-colour with brush marks so thick, you could plant vegetables in the furrows. 0-60 in around 30 minutes and a top speed of 72 - and at that speed things really started to fall offt!!! Luckily, my next car was a bright red Ford Cortina MkIII- Just ONE photo survives (in the slide-show opposite) - and it looked cool! (Well, I thought so!)
Since then, I’ve been a bit of a Ford-fan and also dabbled in the luxury end of the market in the shape of a Jaguar and Lexus. I’ve also driven plenty of Japanese models - Nissan and Honda - all were superb value for money and very reliable. On the 2nd April 2011, I replaced the Mondeoand took delivery of my new Vauxhall Insignia and I’ve got to say, this was the BEST car I’ve ever owned! It was sad to return it when I retired and closed the business in January 2013. Then, just when I thought I wouldn’t have a car for a while, on March 1, 2014, our good friend Lee, gave me her VW Polo! Then, on July 3 2014, I abandoned all sensible reasoning and bought a gorgeous Jaguar XKR - more pics of the ‘beast’ HERE.