I’ve just got in after a run up into the Valleys in the Mitsubishi to catch up with broadcaster Ian Edwards at his once-a-month Sunday meeting. And the Missus and I saw more classics than we did a week earlier during Drive-It Day, when a 100-mile trip around West Wales threw up no more than a 1960s Mini in period rally guise and a pretty neat HB Viva. Oh, and the Lancer of course.
Trundling down the A465 after the breakfast meeting it made me wonder how many people I see at auctions really think about the great enjoyment derived from driving an older car. Rather than thinking of the value it might be putting on, why not think about the towns, villages, roads and sights to be enjoyed. And you don’t need a Jaguar E-type or BMW 2002 Turbo – just something that’s fun-to-drive and reliable.
That’s why I’m forever banging on about the alternatives to the hackneyed sports cars some new- to-the-scene enthusiasts might feel almost obliged to buy. They don’t – not by any means. In fact the journey I’ve just got in from could have been equally enjoyable in an Austin A35 or a pre-war Ford Model Y. Not as quick as the Lancer, granted, but still what a way to have a great morning’s drive.
‘Why not think about the sights to be enjoyed?’