JIM HUGHES’ CAR CV

Once the Alfa bug bit, that was it...

Classic Cars (UK) - - The List -

MINI 1000 (1986)

‘Bought for £200 with the idea of restor­ing it. Un­for­tu­nately I was 15, pot­less and clue­less, so af­ter two years of tak­ing it apart it was sold.’

RE­NAULT CLIO 1.2 MKI (1991)

‘At 17 I had just passed my test and hav­ing lusted af­ter a Clio Wil­liams, I scraped to­gether my money from wait­ing ta­bles and sell­ing the Mini and bought the clos­est thing to it I could.’

FIAT BRAVO 1.6 (1998)

‘Bought from my mum at a dis­count and then de­stroyed six months later when I ran out of tal­ent on a spir­ited drive through coun­try lanes.’

ALFA ROMEO 166 3.0 SU­PER (2002)

‘My first proper car – a thug in a fine Ital­ian suit. Bought at 21 due to mem­o­ries of my step­dad’s 164 in which mum took on a brick wall and lost.’

ALFA ROMEO 147 GTA (2005)

‘I up­graded to this GTA in very rare Pearl White. Fan­tas­ti­cally bonkers with un­der­steer ga­lore, bal­anced with a sound­track and pure theatre.’

RE­NAULT CLIO TRO­PHY (2005)

‘I shared this with two friends and we used it mainly for track days. A sub­lime lit­tle car that would put many more ex­pen­sive cars to shame on a B-road blast.’

ALFA ROMEO BR­ERA S PRODRIVE (2008-)

‘My cur­rent car, with con­cept-car styling and great han­dling. It has cov­ered three pil­grim­ages to Le Mans and a road trip to the south of France, all with­out fault.’

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