CHRIS BALE’S CAR CV

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Based heav­ily on child­hood in­flu­ences, Chris has ranged from flux ca­pac­i­tor to rally limo.

BMW 316I E30

‘My first car, in 2004, be­cause of my love of BTCC racing. I started look­ing for some­thing sen­si­ble but that all went out of the win­dow when I spot­ted a 316i at a lo­cal show­room. It was my daily driver un­til the win­ter off 2008 when I skid­ded off the road and hit a tree.’

DELOREAN DMC-12

‘Since see­ing Back to the Fu­ture as a child I set my heart on own­ing a Delorean and in 2007 I made it hap­pen. I’d joined the own­ers club and drove from Nor­wich to Sh­effield to look at one only to find it had been sold. A cou­ple of weeks later one came up for sale ten miles from home, so I didn’t hes­i­tate to buy it. Dur­ing the decade I’ve had it I’ve twice driven it to the Belfast fac­tory where it was built.’

BMW 318IS BAUR CABRIO

‘I needed an­other BMW and in 2010 man­aged to find a 318is, which is a Baur con­ver­sion rather than a fac­tory con­vert­ible. The roof can be a bit fid­dly to put up but I pre­fer the look as it matches the Match­box ver­sion I had as a child.’

BANGER RAL­LIES

‘I’ve had a share in three cars bought specif­i­cally to take on ral­lies across Europe: an Ea­gle Quest limo (based on a Vaux­hall Se­na­tor) bought for £450 to do the Crum­ball Rally to Mu­nich, a Volvo 850 es­tate to which we spent days fit­ting 1994 BTCC graph­ics for the Barcelona Bangers run, and a £350 220,000-mile Toy­ota Cel­ica we drove through seven coun­tries to Prague, in­clud­ing a lap of the Nür­bur­gring.’

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