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Chapter Nine: The Ferrari 360 Spider – and creating a new magazine!

(An Experience Report from 2010, my age 32) If you had asked 8-year-old me what I wanted to be when I grew up, “an author / writer” was the answer. When one of my school friends left to go to another school in the Juniors, we became pen pals, I would make little booklets fullContinue reading “Chapter Nine: The Ferrari 360 Spider – and creating a new magazine!”

Chapter Seven: The 2009 Ford Fiesta 1.2 Zetec

(Approximate Years: Owned 2009-2012, my age 31-34) We collected our new Fiesta on March 1st 2009, our first brand new car! My girlfriend of the time (now wife) liked them since she saw them at the London Motor show the year before, with a particular soft spot for the pinkie-purple one as soon as sheContinue reading “Chapter Seven: The 2009 Ford Fiesta 1.2 Zetec”

Chapter Six: The 2009 Porsche Cayman 987 Generation2 3.4 PDK

(An Experience Report from 2009, my age 32) The 986 Boxster had a sibling – the Boxster “S”. I drove one and thought it was a ‘bit’ faster than my Boxster 2.7. But it wasn’t that noticeable, just more of a free feel to the acceleration. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything, ifContinue reading “Chapter Six: The 2009 Porsche Cayman 987 Generation2 3.4 PDK”

Chapter Five: The 2006 Porsche Cayman 2.7 (and a 911 Turbo)

(This ownership and experience from approximately 2008-2011, my age 31-34). I purchased this car in 2008 as a Porsche Approved Used car from the Newcastle Porsche Centre, following three years ownership of my Boxster (which will feature in a future article). I really liked the 987 design and wanted a change from the Boxster, soContinue reading “Chapter Five: The 2006 Porsche Cayman 2.7 (and a 911 Turbo)”

Chapter Four: The 2001 Porsche Boxster

(Approximate Years: Owned 2005-2008, my age, 28-31) By the time 2005 arrived, I was now working in a job that was on my chosen career path. I grew up with computers and have always been fascinated with them. Watching things change from the days of the Sinclair Spectrum, through the Commodore Amiga and then intoContinue reading “Chapter Four: The 2001 Porsche Boxster”

Chapter Three: The 1997 Toyota MR2 GT T-Bar

(Approximate Years: Owned 2002-2005, my age 25-28) Looking back to my late teens and early twenties, and my idea of a perfect material life was to have a semi-detached house in an upmarket village, a few miles from where I lived, with a single garage and a long driveway. In this utopia, the garage wouldContinue reading “Chapter Three: The 1997 Toyota MR2 GT T-Bar”

Chapter Two: The 1990 Ford Escort S 1.6 EFI

Approximate Years: Owned 1997-2002, my age 20-25. History tells us that the Mk5 Escort wasn’t all that good. It was a half-way house between the old Mk4 and the newer Zetec engines that came in the final Mk6 models. Critics are said to have complained about the dull styling, but beauty is in the eyeContinue reading “Chapter Two: The 1990 Ford Escort S 1.6 EFI”

Chapter One: The 1984 Ford Fiesta 1.1 L

I owned from approximately 1995-1997, my age 18-20 My first car! “L” for Luxury. That means slightly nicer seats and front headrests which were covered in material, as opposed to hard plastic. Proper mod-cons. My Dad bought me this car as a surprise just as I was learning to drive. I remember coming home fromContinue reading “Chapter One: The 1984 Ford Fiesta 1.1 L”