A Pug is for life…

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Fan­tas­tic to read about Adam Towler’s ad­di­tions to the Fast Fleet ( evo 243), es­pe­cially his Peu­geot 205 GTI 1.9. I’ve owned my Alpine White 1.6 GTI [above] since I was 18 (17 years ago!). In that time a lot has changed – jobs, part­ners, houses, other cars, etc – but one thing that hasn’t is my love of this lit­tle car.

When I bought it I was liv­ing with my par­ents. I des­per­ately wanted a Mi­ami Blue 1.9 but couldn’t afford to buy one, let alone in­sure it. I re­mem­ber my fa­ther say­ing al­most word for word what Adam’s par­ents said – ‘1900cc is too big an en­gine for such a small car!’ – but he’s a petrol­head too and after test­driv­ing a few (dodgy) 1.6s was as smit­ten as I was.

I even­tu­ally saved enough to buy my car. It was my daily driver through­out my 20s and even­tu­ally be­came a toy for hol­i­days, shows and track­days. It has now cov­ered 117,000 miles, just like Adam’s car. It’s done the whole Route Napoléon, climbed the Col de L’is­eran to 2770 me­tres, been to Le Mans, the St Bernard Pass, the Peu­geot Mu­seum in Sochaux, up Prescott Hill Climb and round Rock­ing­ham and Cas­tle Combe. It’s even been used as a wed­ding car by my cousin in Bordeaux.

I don’t think I will ever get rid of it – noth­ing I’ve driven comes close in terms of smiles per mile. Chris Hughes, Corn­wall

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