I have always been interested in cars since as far back as I can remember. As a child I was always making models cars, modifying my matchbox cars, playing with radio controlled cars, Scalextrics and Top Trumps. I was always looking out for cars when out and about, and going to the local race track to listen to those beautiful sounding race engines. As soon as I left school I became a mechanic, but actually ended up working in IT for much of my working career. I have also even been a qualified driving instructor. I do have another interest in martial arts and keep-fit/strength training – also having multi interests makes life just a little more varied and interesting.
Even though I gave up on the mechanical side of things for a job, I still have remained involved with cars, belonging to the Opel Manta Owners Club (twice), BMW Drivers Club, Vauxhall Performance Car Club, The National Can Am Car Club, American Auto Car Club International and the Classic Camaro Club (of which I wrote an article on Camaros in the Motorvatinusa club magazine, with my Camaro placed on the front cover). I would have probably joined many more clubs, but you have to balance work and family commitments with your hobbies, don’t you?
I have however, been lucky enough to have driven some nice cars, which have included cars from Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, numerous other performance cars, single seat race cars and a V8 touring car. I have even been taken for a ride around Donington circuit by Matt Neal in his BTCC Honda Civic Tourer!
Almost all of the cars I have owned have had some sort of modification carried out, be it performance related or cosmetic. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a good looking car in standard form, I just enjoy having a car that’s different to anyone else’s. What I haven’t quite figured out yet however is why do we all stay interested in cars when you just know you’re in for a time consuming, money spending and occasionally pain in the ??? hobby – I guess that’s what makes us all enthusiasts.
Just a few (but not all) of the cars I have owned – mostly from my early driving days, when I had time to play!
2005 MG ZS180 Bargain performance!
1990 BRG Eunos Roadster – My latest bit of fun/project, just for summer use – Photo taken at Thruxton Circuit. Fitted with full stainless steel exhaust system, stainless steel silenced decat pipe, stainless steel modified Powertec filter, with homemade heat shield and cold air intake/piping, original lightweight daisy alloys painted satin black with chrome nuts, 8 point double roll hoops, front strut brace, front chassis brace, rear chassis brace. Ducktail rear spoiler, home-made front rubber chin spoiler/splitter, race style chrome fuel cap, boot latches, old style recessed bonnet pins, starter button….and a few other bits here and there. Ideal for quick (legal speeds) spirited driving in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. More planned for this car, when I get the time. – sounds awesome!
Update pics of the Eunos Roadster:
Hopefully I’ll get around to adding more cars – when I find the photos?! and time to add more recent cars/images?