What was I think­ing? Part II

Classic Driver - - HAYCOCK -

A cou­ple of is­sues ago you may re­call a photo in this col­umn of a vin­tage Re­nault be­ing in­stalled in my garage with the op­ti­mistic com­ment that I was go­ing to get it on the road for the Queen’s Birth­day Weekend Ir­ish­man Creek rally.

Well, I came close, and with a lit­tle more ap­pli­ca­tion on my part I would have made the dead­line but a month out I de­cided that it would be a close thing and I didn’t want to take on such a tough event in a un­proven car… es­pe­cially one I have been in­volved in bolt­ing to­gether.

So, as time and funds were short be­fore the Re­nault’s ar­rival… why a few weeks ago was the ute again back­ing a trailer down my bloody drive­way with an­other im­mo­bile car strapped thereon?

Well, some­times a deal is sim­ply too good to turn down and that is why a 1968 Peu­geot 404 sedan now re­sides with me, and in my de­fence it isn’t all mine.

Pho­tog­ra­pher and se­ri­ously de­luded For­mula One as­pi­rant Alex Mitchell has a share in the own­er­ship of what will be dec­o­rated as an East African Sa­fari win­ner (any­one got a spare 404 fuel in­jec­tion head and man­i­fold look­ing for a new home?) which is now re­freshed from a 12-year slum­ber in a shed in Rolle­ston, up and run­ning and pro­vid­ing com­fort­able and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble trans­port for de­liv­er­ing E.S. Young to im­por­tant ap­point­ments around town.

The real pur­pose will be for tour­ing, and VCC sprints and hill­climbs.

Good, cheap and re­li­able fun which is easy to get bits for (should any­thing be needed) and did I men­tion cheap?

Find­ing some­where to put the damned thing is an­other is­sue en­tirely.

Be­cause five cars are just not enough for one per­son

The vi­sion for the fu­ture

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