(Acquired Autumn 1974) Originally a standard 1968 model with the 850cc engine,
which I ended up fitting a radio; air-vents; tachometer; electronic ignition,
wider tyres, wheel spacers. Over and above my means of transport this was also
used for a few road rallies... the navigational kind.
Photo of model but not my actual car.
(Acquired Autumn 1975) 1275cc A series engine; chrome bumper, 1970 model. Over
the time I had this car I fitted uprated springs and shox, electronic ignition;
Cooper-S distributor; polished & ported cylinder head with larger valves
and uprated valve springs; Webber 45 DCOE with custom inlet manifold, Janspeed
centre-branch exhaust manifold leading into larger bore straight exhaust, which
terminated in a Peco straight through silencer; renewed the front brake disks,
fitting competition pads and shoes; fitted brake servo (from a Hillman Hunter
estate car so it really stopped!); spot lights; front air dam; Aerodynamic
double bar roll-cage; wider tyres; additional gauges; radio cassette;
head-rests; new soft-top; hard top; smaller steering wheel (made it far easier
for someone 6'4" tall). This car was superb fun and until I got married
was probably the love of my life! At this time I became the area Sec. for the
MG Owners Club in Fife and Tayside and Elinor and I would take the car around
the country to various events. The Midget was eventually sold to a close friend
who subsequently sold it to another mutual friend so I was still assisting in
servicing/modifying it for a number of years after it had moved on.
(Acquired 1979) Jubilee limited edition in British Racing Green with gold
flashes and the V8 steel and alloy wheels. A cracker. By this time I was
married so there were limits on what could be spent on the car. However I ended
up fitting the Leyland ST front air dam; uprated front shox; converting the
rear shox to adjustable spax telescopic; fitting the V8 ST springs all round;
replacing the front wings (metal moth!); fitting a kenlowe fan; electronic
ignition; radio cassette; glass sun-roof; having the car re-sprayed. This one
was brought up to a superb condition and was great fun to drive at home or
abroad, easily accommodating Eli and I as well as our English Setter (not
abroad!), whose basket fitted neatly into the rear hatch area. However a few
years further down the road our daughter was on the way so a more family
oriented vehicle was required. Hind-sight is a wonderful thing. I should have
kept the MGB GT and laid it up and bought a cheap family car, however the B
Triumph Dolomite 1850:
(Acquired 1982) Bought from a friend this car went well, was very similar to
the Triumph PI in its cockpit and with 4 doors was practical. Then I moved from
beat policing to the Traffic Dept. and wanted something more like the company
car (BMW 525i).
(Acquired 1983) Not the injected model and probably a retrograde step going for
a larger and older car, but nice to drive, plenty room for the family - wife,
son, daughter & dog. But not the most economic car at around low 20's
m.p.g. Virtually no mod's to this vehicle, just routine servicing and colour
coding the front grill. Having been a fan of the Ford Fiesta when it first came
out and liking the special models etc. We got the opportunity to buy a good
condition XR2 at the same time a colleague wanted the BMW.
Ford Fiesta XR2:
(Acquired 1984) Standard non-EFI engined model, but the full XR2 spec' for its
day. With the children up and into car seats/seat-belts the two door model gave
some security - no doors for them to accidentally open. Quite a sporty drive and
reasonably economic. Front Spot and Fog lights fitted and I think that was
about it... other than wider tyres.
(Acquired December 1986) D-reg, our first new car. Really a family car but when
the "company" are supplying BMW 525i, Rover SD1 3.5 V8, Ford Granada
2.8i, Vauxhall Senator 3.0i, why did I need a fast car! The Escort was a great
wee car and was very very economic. However the children kept growing (in size,
not numbers) so a larger car seemed to be the way to go.
Montego 2.0 Turbo Diesel:
(Acquired 1990) G-reg and bought as an ex demonstrator. A lot more lift and top
end than the Escort and although a boot rather than a hatch, a lot of useful
space. Fitted the rear boot spoiler to be able to see the rear of the car when
reversing (and for looks). However as the children grew and required more bits
and pieces for various activities an Estate was on the cards.
Citroen ZX 1.9 Turbo Diesel Estate:
(Acquired 1994) M-reg. The estate model had just been launched and the turbo
diesel was only available in the top spec with alloys etc. so other than a tow
bar there was nothing to add to this new car. Nice to drive, quick off the
mark, not quite as economic as the Montego, but far more refined and capable of
spinning the wheels in 3rd if you were not careful. Purchase of my E-Boat gave
a requirement to have something more substantial to pull the boat rather than
relying on friends (BETH E-160)
(Acquired January 1998) Having latterly had new / almost new cars this was a
case of trading in a M for a M, but the Disco had only 30k on the odometer and
was in good condition. Certainly not as economic as the ZX but this car would
go anywhere and pull anything, had 7 seats and with the seats folded away could
carry almost anything. A few ventures with the Scottish Land Rover Owners Club
confirmed the vehicles competency and the Disco moved the boat with ease. The
joys of the low ratio box and the diff' lock. Having secured a pontoon mooring
at Anstruther the need to move the
boat regularly diminished. Lyndsey was away from home at University and Chris
had his own car so the need for the big car decreased. So...
(Acquired October 2002)
Spring 2002 saw Eli getting a new Corsa and her AX went to Chris (who promptly
followed the family tradition by putting on a full body kit from the GT model,
inc' alloys and wider tyres). This wee car was not the most powerful car I had
ever driven, but was nice to drive, got around 45 m.p.g. and had quite sporty
road manners. So in October 2002 I copied Eli and changed the Disco for a new
Completing my 30 years police service in September 2005 and
no longer needing a commuting car at the same time Chris turned 21... Chris got
the Corsa as a 21st present though I borrowed it back or used Eli's Corsa... when
the weather or journey reason does not suit the bike.
(Acquired October 2003) Full details on the
The Hood was the first answer to the "quest" I mentioned,
above. However a shortage of time led to only 550 miles on the Hood from
MOT 2004 to MOT 2005, so after much thought I sold the Hood in January 2006 to
Thierry Magot from nr St. Tropez. I think the car will be best suited to
the climate of the South of France.
(Acquired Spring 2006) First registered 1st January
1977 and bought by my parents in November 1985. The car was fitted with a
reconditioned engine and unleaded cylinder head during the 90's then rebuilt
using a new body shell, in 2002 for my folks' Golden Wedding Anniversary.
However as the years past father changing agility made his use of the car more
infrequent, culminating in the car passing into my custody early in 2006.
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|Vauxhall Zafira 1.9 CDTI SRi:
(Acquired February 2010)
Elinor traded in her 1.6 Petrol Zafira for the 150 BHP Diesel
variant. We rarely use the 7-seater configuration but the
flexibility of seating means the Ikea or B&Q trips are easily dealt
with... and its nice to drive as well :-)
(Acquired January 2013)
the sublime to the ridiculous... 698cc; 3 cylinders; 80 BHP; shorter
than the MG, but a tad wider. 6-speed gearbox with auto clutch.
Not really fast but great on the twisty back roads, especially with the
|SEAT Ibiza 2.0 TDi FR
(Acquired August 2013)
traded in her black Zafira for the 140 BHP Diesel 5Dr Ibiza.
"Downsizing" but still capable of carrying her golf sticks and trolley
whilst retaining some get up & go and returning better mpg with a lower VED.