children, here is something for the chaps! This is the
page for a nostalgic trip through our old cars. I have
been rummaging through the family photos in the boxes
upstairs and have turned up a few cars and other
vehicles we used to drive in the old days. It is still
incomplete, but here goes. I could not find any of
Pete's cars and van, nor of Mary's early
Danny set the ball
rolling with some nostalgic research into his previous
cars and here they are (not the actual ones, of
Here are a few photos
I dug out of the family photos boxes of Danny and his
Ford Fiesta in the drive of 26 Westbourne Avenue 1993
with JJ in the foreground
and Mary to Manchester in a car Danny had while
working for IBM - Sept 1988. See our yellow Metro in
preparing to drive our red Escort to Manchester with
Mary in - Sept 1989
is the van that Danny and Karen drove back from Las
Palmas in July 1991
going for a spin in Danny's MG - June 2002
- This was my
very first car which I bought for £30 in bristol
and I learned to drive in it. Thanks to Ron Clarke for
being a great teacher. Note the running board! The
retractable roof worked!
we are in Birmingham visiting my mother and sister
Joan - 1961
side was even better. Who needs a door
had a sliding roof which actually blew off on our way
to Torquay in 1964!
8 EHT446 -
This was my second car. What a splendid vehicle. I
needed to impress my wife to be.
stopped in this little village in Dorset - summer
Oxford Estate - LGX 602D
This was a great car
which I had for some years in the 1970s. We used to
drive to Poppit Sands in it with two kids in the back
and two in the boot! Those were the days.
I can't find a photo,
but Danny came across this link showing one like I
used to drive. http://www.classicandsportscar.ltd.uk/photos/Morris-Oxford-Estate/4714
. . .
memory came up with the registration of the Oxford -
After the Oxford I had
a couple of Maxis, one green and the other a ghastly
purple. Danny still has the registration plate from
the green Maxi which was DOT650K.
is the green Maxi at Poppit Sands in August 1979, our
last family holiday there.
'yellow peril' Metro in the snow at Westbourne Avenue
- January 1987
Metro KOT 634Y
new red Mark 1 Escort is in the background
Escort - A874 RAR
After the Escort we
had this equally 'perilious' red Escort, always a
bother to start. The hair drier was a remedy.
and I had a few days in Great Yarmouth in 1989
several journeys to Hull. This is Pete's first lodging
in Ryde Street - 1989
MAESTRO - DOT 650K
This blue Maestro
served me well for about 8 years until it was stolen
from outside 11 Bridge Road in 1998.
Tamworth where Danny had a teaching job at the college
for a while.
Maestro outside 11 Bridge Road while Pa was still
living there - June 1996
I had a Vespa scooter
during my first year at the University of Bristol
which I used to drive to and from Birmingham with a
pile of luggage strapped to the back. A real nightmare
of a thing. I don't have any photos of it.
here is me on a scooter I borrowed to drive from
Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon in 1960
an automatic which I had never driven before. Quite an
experience through the Arizona desert!
This is the only photo
I could find of any of Will's cars while he was in
Emsworth, but fairly typical. Remember that Lancia?
Viva was probably the worst of the lot. Here it is
being attended to in Colchester on the way to Essex
University - Oct 1994
Pa's Mini was always
part of the family and literally became so when Pa
came to live in Emsworth.
photo shows Will and Danny just about to drive it to
Emsworth in January 1992