I WAS THERE!

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Way We Were -

I did man­age to visit Carlisle in 1986 – al­beit at the ripe old age of four months – but it was an­other 18 years be­fore I moved in to the city for my three-year stint spent study­ing jour­nal­ism at Cumbria In­sti­tute of the Arts, in­clud­ing con­tribut­ing to the stu­dent news­pa­per The In­former. Other grad­u­ates at the time included He­len Skel­ton, who, among many other things, went on to present Blue Peter. Dur­ing my stud­ies, I opted for two wheels rather than four, cut­ting through the city cen­tre rush-hour traf­fic on a Vespa PX125 scooter, but many of my fel­low stu­dents drove to their lec­tures and tu­to­ri­als in cars that are now fast ap­proach­ing clas­sic­dom. On the (many) oc­ca­sions when the Vespa wasn’t work­ing, I’d cadge lifts in one friend’s Ford Es­cort MkIII, my flat­mate’s Nis­san Blue­bird and – when Wash­ing­ton’s finest fi­nally gave up the ghost – a SEAT Ibiza MkI that he brought in to re­place it. I won­der if the fa­mously Sys­tem-Porsche-branded lit­tle hatch­back is still on the road?

David Simis­ter made his newsprint de­but with Carlisle’s The In­former.

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