Mem­o­ries of grand­par­ents’ ve­hi­cles?

Practical Classics (UK) - - TEAM ADVENTURE -

My grandad had an Austin 1100, fol­lowed by an Al­le­gro and then a Metro. Grandma had a Six­ties D-reg Mini with slid­ing win­dows. Four of us went from Lon­don to Shrews­bury in it with lug­gage for a week and the speedo ca­ble broke on the M1 – not sure it had ever been that fast be­fore!

Neil Morey

There was al­ways a faint smell of petrol in my grandad’s olive green G-reg Re­liant Rebel es­tate. When the es­tate got writ­ten off in 1986, he found a white sa­loon ver­sion to re­place it. Nan never ap­proved!

Fran­cis Mars­den

My ear­li­est mem­ory is be­ing thrown around in the back of my grand­fa­ther’s Granada Scor­pio Cos­worth 24v at Black­heath Com­mon. He’s driven every­thing he has owned since flat out, with the un­canny abil­ity to make every­thing feel like it had 100bhp more than it did. He’s only 78.

James Butt

A reg­u­lar sum­mer hol­i­day with my grand­dad was to the lo­cal scrap­yard to get parts for his el­derly Vaux­hall. The car with use­ful parts was usu­ally at the top of the pile of four or five other cars!

Si­mon Hod­getts

My grand­mother had a Bull­nose Mor­ris that she used for the fam­ily hard­ware shop. She could change plugs and points as re­quired. She wanted to fly a plane too, but her father said that aero­planes were not ready yet! She lived to be 100 years of age, but never did get to fly a plane!

Michael Wat­son

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