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Post by reeft1 » Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:02 am

This somewhat eclectic collection represents some of the cars which have played a big part in my life. My dad worked for Fords for many years, and so my most formative years were spent in new Ford cars which changed every 6 months. After passing my test, I learned how to drive (and how not to drive) in a succession of my Dads cars, much of the time spent with my closest school friend who was also a car fanatic and who also had a heavy bias to Fords - mainly because we could repair them, when we broke/pranged them, on the cheap. I then moved on to owning a few Fords myself before progressing to Subaru's. Too many cars have passed through my life to fully represent the history of cars for me personally, but for whatever reason, these cars which aren't all perfect facsimiles of what I remember/owned/drove or spent time in with friends as they aren't available in the perfect trim, colour or spec, bring back very fond memories for me. I make no excuse that this is a personal selection of favourites, but I hope there is something in here for everyone!

For some reason my dads purple Ford Cortina MkIII 2000E stands out in my memory for its real wood interior trim. I think I picked up my questionable car colour taste from my dad, even though purple metallic was very 1970! This is a Vanguards model.

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I remember when my dad told me we were getting a Cortina 2.0s (s for Sport) when we were temporarily based in Germany I was thrilled - on reflection many years later, perhaps not quite as sporty as I recalled at the time. This is a Vanguards model.

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My closest school friend was a Capri 3.0 fanatic, owning a series of MkII but primarily MkIII's - this car is in honour of him and his driving skills which are the reason I am still alive today and able to write this. Mind you, it was his driving style which required him to have good driving skills!

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One of the last cars of my dads that I drove after passing my test and before getting my own car. It was well used by the time it was returned. This is a NEO model of the Ford Fiesta MkII XR2.

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The first car I owned - Trofeu Ford Escort Mexico Mk1 - sold for £1600, now going for £10k+ - whoops! Mine was white with black stripes and 4 spoke RS wheels and all manner of rally trickery in the engine and suspension department

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The second car I owned - Trofeu Ford Escort RS2000 Mk2 - sold for £3000, now going for £10k+ (whoops x 2 - there is a theme here!) - mine was the same Venetian red as this but had been retrofitted with the highly desirable fishnet recaros.

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The third car I owned - Partswork Ford Capri 2.8i Special - mine was black and I had to replace my engine after taking my now wife for a romantic late night drive in the country, driving through flooded roads and destroying the engine by filling it with water. Funnily enough the car I bought to salvage an engine turned out to having been owned by my best friend some years earlier, yet the mileage when I bought it was 80,000 less than when he sold it :)

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The fourth car I owned - my first company car was a Subaru Impreza Turbo bought in 1996 just after Mcrae had won his World Rally Championship. The company car scheme had never heard of it. I let my then fiance choose the colour - she went for a mint green!!! You won't see too many in that colour on the Impreza scene. This is a Vanguards model.

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The fifth car I owned and my second company car was a Subaru Impreza Turbo 5 door as by this stage I had a young daughter and we needed space for a buggy. Mine was the plain vanilla UK Turbo version but this STi version from a limited edition Japanese hand built range (brand unknown) is the only 5 door available.

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The 6th car I owned and my first Legacy GT (I own a newer one at the moment that is just about to go up for sale) - These twin turbo imports are fantastic Q cars and this was my first auto. In another questionable moment, I bought a dark blue/purple car! This is an Autoart model of the GTB which differed from the GT in terms of seats, Bilstein suspension and larger alloys but had the same 276bhp engine.

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Post by JSB33 » Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:48 am

A very interesting auto history and you have been lucky to find so many in 1:43. There are only 5 hits and near misses for my history.

I really fancy your Mexico
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Post by DeadCanDanceR » Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:00 am

JSB33 wrote:A very interesting auto history and you have been lucky to find so many in 1:43.

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Agreed! :)
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Post by Tom » Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:47 am

Great history! I'm a few models short myself when it comes to my cars...

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Post by dan oneill » Sun Jan 11, 2015 4:30 pm

Very interesting read on your car history,

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Post by GBOAC002 » Sun Jan 11, 2015 4:51 pm

Fascinating selection. I seemed to go through a whole bunch of BMC, Triumph and Fords which include 1/2 versions (facelifts not modelled). Even Vauxhalls, a VW and my E46 320CiSE have escaped exact versions or colours in 1:43.

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Post by reeft1 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:47 am

Thanks for all the nice comments gents. Im now wondering how far i take this. Both sets of grandparents are sadly no longer with us, but im wondering whether to add 1 car to represent each of them - trouble is, it means buying an Austin Allegero! (And to a lesser extent of concern, a Triumph Herald) :)

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Post by JSB33 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:24 am

Worthy purchases in my opinion
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Post by Tom » Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:35 pm

I'd say.

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Post by reeft1 » Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:59 am

So I took your advice and added a Vanguards Austin Allegro to the collection in memory of my mothers parents. They had at least 2 Allegros from memory a white one and this Harvest Gold car.

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I've also added a Vanguards Triumph Herald in memory of my fathers parents. I seem to remember that their car was this exact colour scheme.

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And finally, this Cararama Mini Van. I have very fond childhood memories of this car. My mum owned a Mini Van for many years. The "POO" start to the registration plate always brought a smile to a childs face. It was a petrol blue type colour and she was very upset to eventually let the car go, and even more upset when her niece wrote it off. Why a Mini Van? Well, my father told me that it was cheaper to buy a van and retrofit a rear vinyl bench seat and fixed non-opening side windows, than to buy a factory spec estate. Price difference? About £25-50 back in the late 60s. The car existed in an era where we weren't all so health and safety conscious - I remember me perched on the spare wheel and my brother on the battery whilst 3 cousins all sat on the rear bench. No seat belts back then. Record number of people in the car? 11 people - 1 adult, 10 children on a party trip. Wouldn't dream of doing that these days!

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Post by Tom » Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:09 pm

The Allegro is a nice model, despite the not-so-fond memories of build quality and dynamics. I have the same model and like it a lot. The Herald is great too, I've always thought of it as a nice classic design with pleasing proportions. As for the Minivan- great little car, as kids we were regularly crammed into a neighbour's Mini for the school run. Four in the rear seat was the norm.

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Post by reeft1 » Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:45 pm

My previous daily driver - a Japanese Import Subaru Legacy Estate 2.0GT (Twinscroll turbo, 276+ bhp)
Mine was Atlantic Blue. This is a J-Collection model
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Post by JSB33 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:42 am

Herald and the Mini are wonderful reminders to a very different time.
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Post by reeft1 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:35 pm

This Vanguards Escort Harrier has quite a story but i'll give you the sanitised public consumption version. My friend bought this car off another friend of ours who was unable to drive for a while and needed some cash. It was a cheap purchase despite the fact that it was running a bored out 1760cc engine instead of the stock 1600cc lump. Maybe that's because the roof was somewhat dented where the owner had danced on it one evening. Anyway, a hammer, some P38/P40, plenty of elbow grease and spray cans later and the car sold for a tidy profit, but we had great fun in it during the sympathetic restoration....

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Post by Tom » Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:07 pm

Very nice! I've never heard of the Harrier, special edition?

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Post by reeft1 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:38 pm

The Escort Harrier was launched in December 1979 just after the rear-wheel-drive Escort had celebrated its eighth (and last) consecutive victory at Britain's RAC Rally.

Mechanically identical to the 'Kent Crossflow' engined 1600 Sport, on which it was based, the Harrier featured black Recaro 'fishnet' seats, 13x6" 4-spoke RS Alloy wheels, unique three-tone-blue body stripes, bronze-tinted triplex glass, black spotlamps, rev counter and a centre console.

Although it lacked the outright power of the RS2000, the lighter and lower engine made it a well-balanced car that was surprisingly rapid and nimble on the road.
Approximately 1500 examples were produced, 500 in Strato Silver and 1000 in Diamond White.

Engine 1598cc 4IL OHV
Power 84bhp @ 5500rpm
Maximum speed 100mph
0–60mph 10.3 secs

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Post by Tom » Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:42 pm

Cool, thanks!

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Post by reeft1 » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:07 pm

During the 80's my Dad had a number of Granada Ghia's but I've always had a soft spot for the Estate version. Neo have done a great job on this model - i particularly like the wood trim you can make out inside of the car.

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Post by Tom » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:35 pm

That's an amazing model indeed!

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Post by DeadCanDanceR » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:47 pm

I really need one of those Herald models in my collection! ;)
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Post by reeft1 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:28 am

Sold the Subaru Lunacy, and just become the owner of a second hand Ranger Rover Sport.

Partswork Range Rover Sport
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Post by Tom » Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:04 pm

Congrats. Very nice car!

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Post by reeft1 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:58 pm

Thanks - like it but very different driving experience.

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Post by Tom » Tue Feb 17, 2015 2:07 pm

I've only driven one Legacy, but I bet it is. Tough not to act like you're king of the road in the RR, isn't it? Large, but very nice to drive.

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