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It’s amazing how much you can fit into a Golf. They’re quite small but have a Tardis like ability to swallow household items. A feature that came in handy that year.

As the housing market started to improve I began to investigate some options. My job required me to be near an airport in Europe. Ideally in the UK, France, Germany or Sweden so I would be near to at least one major customer. Living in rural Hampshire was lovely but I wasn’t meeting anyone to spend my life with and without any dogs it was a lonely life. The list was  narrowed down to; Manchester, a fun city and if I lived within site of Old Trafford I could lose my ‘Plastic Manc’ title and see United play on a regular basis. London, I’ve always (more…)

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First job and my first great car…

During the 1980s the two cool cars that I wanted were the Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9 and the VW Golf GTi. I tried very hard to convince my mother that she should buy a Golf. It offered everything she wanted; solidity, reliability and fun,  but despite all the logic I could offer she was still reluctant. She had a bad experience with a rusty Mk1 Golf and refused to see sense so she bought a 205.

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The Pug GTi was a great car, not as relaxing as the Golf when you didn’t want to play, but quicker and more nimble. I remember taking it for a hack across the New Forest to my favourite “twisty bit” of road. My Dad had introduced me to it whilst driving home after buying a Fiat 500. (more…)

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During the second year of my degree I had to spend three months in France. Around the same time petrol had become expensive and I received a car insurance renewal that scared me, maybe it was time to buy something a little cheaper to run. It was time to buy a Mini. With my brothers help we located a 1275GT. I don’t recall the reasons, but we decided to keep the Escort so we stored it in my grandparents garage and I started using the Mini. (more…)

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This weekend was a chance for another great drive. This time it wasn’t purely about driving, we were actually wine tasting in Sonoma / The Russian River area of California, but yesterday we got up and went for a drive out to the coast were we found some more great roads…. long, wide, sweeping curves winding over undulating hills along the ocean. The word I’m looking for is spectacular!

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