Plane, train and an automobile
Our ex-project Toyota Prius was one car we kept for a long period after it appeared in the magazine. We had bought it from BCA auctions in 2016 and I took it to the Isle of Man in September that year, before delivering it to Rob Hawkins in Leeds on my way back.
When Rob returned it, I noticed an odd noise when driving above 50mph and tried to silence it by fitting four new tyres. That didn’t change the pitch of the noise, so I checked the wheel bearings and they got a clean bill of health. I could only assume the noise was coming from the transmission.
That didn’t put off Roger Gordon (above) from Northern Ireland, who bought the car. He caught a flight to East Midlands airport, then a train to Peterborough, where I met him at CM HQ. Roger didn’t even bother with a test-drive, he just jumped in and drove to Scotland to catch a ferry back to NI. He made it home in the early hours without problems and reported the Prius returned a healthy 57mpg.