A Pug is for life…
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