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My first proper motor was a 1931 Morris Minor bought from a work colleague for £25 in 1957.  She had cable brakes that worked occasionally sometimes requiring a dive into the hedge to stop, sloppy steering, doors that popped open when going round corners, crank handle starter if needed, (which was most of the time)  a triangular arrangement for the clutch, brake and accelerator so that you could heel and toe the accelerator and brake and and at the same time double de-clutching and going down through the gears, the 'universal joints' were made from fibre discs held in place by 3 bolts two of which were missing, cart springs and dampers that didn't work resulting in a great deal of wallowing but apart from that she was lovely.



I could write a volume about this car.  It's a 1933 MG J1 Salonette picture taken about 1959 outside No 27 and behind Don's shop in Bookham.  I paid £75 for it stripped the engine twice, rebuilt it then the main bearings went again so I broke it up and sold the bits. Sacre bleu!  Not sure who the bloke is!

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Lambretta LD 150, XPL, 43 bought in 1956.  She did 36 mph all the way up the old A1 to Darlington - and back again.

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1955 Morris Minor Convertible, XOL 958, taken about 1962 outside No 27 with my mother waiting to be taken somewhere.


She was known as 'the rusty one', the car that is and not my mother!

Definitely 'a looker' but not without faults.  She is a 1959 Riley 1.5 taken about 1965 outside No 27 with the rebuilt Little Heath Farm Cottages (birth place) in the background

1962 Ford Galaxie taken in 1968/9.  Lynwood Washington State USA.

Only got written off once! But came back to life.

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Bedford CF Van. 13 seat crew bus converted into a customised Camper Van for family and dog.  Bought in 1976 sold in 1986.  Cooker, sink unit, beds converted from seats, curtains, awning, button padded roof, high level stereo system,  SPAS (sheep proximity avoidance system).

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