Hello again Boys and Girls
Right then, as promised and requested, I thought I'd throw some more pictures up........
Before I do though, can I just go on the record as saying this is not me trying to show off or brag or anything like that - I'm not a multi millionaire, lI don't live in a mansion (although one day I hope I do!), I work very hard and live a very pleasant life but I do so living in a very nice and normal 4 bed detached house on an estate - I'm not landed gentry or a benefit scammer, just chap who simply loves cars is all, they are my absolute passion, and all cars at that - old and new, classic, expensive, cheap and everything in between I can't ever get enough - be it driving them, cleaning them, photographing them, going to shows to see them, reading and seeing pictures of other peoples cars etc, I just can't get enough
In fact if I was bragging, I wouldn't say anything at all because as my Wife would attest, the amount of times I've blown my brains out bailing out of these silly cars, makes me stupid not clever, but hey who wants to pay down a mortgage when you can buy cars instead?!
So here are few pics for your perusal.......
I had an old Ferrari 308 years ago that I couldn't really afford to buy or run, only had it a few weeks in the end, but this was the first proper super car I owned, Little Miss Schumacher......
This was the same time I first did my garage up a bit, but it was all done on a bit on the cheap really, just foamex boards glued to the walls and then had vinyl stickers put on, but still pretty cool as far as some garages go if you ask me - also showing the quad I had for a bit (Suzie Q was her name, get it Q for Quad, oh dear)
A little used pocket rocket I had, an automatic as apparently my Wife can't (won't) drive anything else!
I had a silver 500 sl and one day an SL55 AMG went past me the other way, sounded like a merlin in a spitfire, loved it, awesome car but brought this one as it was the cheapest one I could find at the time and as they say, no such thing as a cheap car, she had all sorts of issues that meant she had to go after a while before she bankrupted me, but a real cool car IMO
Next is another pic of Giuseppe with my Wife's old Rangie (Fifi was her name apparently!)
World's coolest fuel tank!
Next up we have my old Bentley with my really old Bentley - a 1957 Series 1 that I called Lady, as she was a grand old girl, she was my first classic and I absolutely loved her to pieces
Had her for a good 5 years which is a long time for me, but she had no power steering or air con and the made her quite an effort sometimes, as well as again, at the time she was cheap not necessarily right and she was swapped for a series 2 with power and air....
But to be honest I never really bonded with her, I was going to paint her a lovely grey and sort her interior out and dye it a deep red but I sold her after a couple of months, without doing anything - Giuseppe had been sold before this as well, leaving me classic less until Winifred the crazy ford came into my life
My Father brought a GT Mulliner and I always loved it, in fact I had it off him for a year or so after the SL55, I then got myself this bad boy - A Bentley Continental GTC - had her a couple of years which is quite a long time, enhanced her a fair bit over that time
I always like to make my cars a little different from standard so I put some Mulliner wheels on her
Then the Speed came out so put those wheels on her
Next up full speed front end and lowered her to speed level
Wrapped her white for a few months, I thought it was cool, although I'm sure some will think it sacrilege
It was insane how it changed the whole cars character, really was like having a new car
Then I decided I would sell her, so stripped the wrap, then wasn't going to so started my obsession and painted the wheels black
Then I did actually sell her and thought I'd be a sensible grown up for once in this - absolutely loved her, 535D with the M sport kit, all I did was put the wheels on, she went like stink as well as forever on a tank of diesel, really cool car
Somewhere along the line, passed my bike test, wanted to hire a Harley but you have to have had your license for a year, so brought this, rode it for 2 weeks, couldn't decide if it was really cool or really naff so sold it for what I brought it for so actually saved me the rental costs!
Also had the worlds coolest helmet commissioned, the airbrushing / artwork and skill blows me away, by the time the helmet was finished i didn't actually have the bike anymore but I keep this upstairs on display because it's just amazing if you ask me and literally a work of art! That and Batman rocks!
After I had the 5 series a bit I thought I'd upgrade to something a little less sensible but still sensible in a way, as I was by now a proud Daddio....
Then after a bit it dawned on me I'm actually a Mercedes man as opposed to a BMW one and not only that, I was fed up of being sensible
After struggling to keep the thing on the road and in a straight line over winter
, I decided if I was going to have a big 4 seater coupe, why not one of these, this time a genuine speed - really beautiful car,just that bit younger and sportier than a standard in my opinion
Very happy, very settled, then one day I happen into Dick Lovett Swindon.......I saw carbon fibre, I saw shift lights built into the steering wheel for crying out loud! I saw red and I saw myself owning it so it became a challenge to buy it as opposed to a, Dude, that's really not a sensible, viable or practical everyday car now is it, just walk away dopey.......
As you can see, Dopey didn't walk away but I only had her for 6 weeks - turns out as beautiful, emotional and accomplished in their field as they may be, they aren't actually a very sensible, viable or practical everyday car, huh, how about that?!
To be fair, she was ruinously expensive to fill up, a good result was 12mpg, with my driving, more like 8, also it turns out unless you buy your Rarri's new and spec them with a passenger airbag turn off option, you can't so that kind of shot the fox, not to mention Wifey was so angry at me for buying it, she literally didn't speak to me until I sold it - don't know what she's so pissed about, she's not the one who had to put the petrol in it!!
Talking of Wifey, her old Rangie had long gone so I brought her this
But me being the idiot we've established I am, had to throw the side arch extensions and 21's on
This has recently been sold, she's now got the black Rangie at the start of this thread (Gangster Fifi, apparently!) that I brought for myself to recover from Rarri ownership. Then I went and got the SLS (Coco!), that to be fair is actually a viable and practical everyday car, perhaps sensible's a bit of a push though......
One of Wifey's favourite cars of all time, her former smart, surprise surprise, a standard one that I put the Brabus bits on, actually think it would have been cheaper to just buy a proper Brabus one at the time, yep, you guessed it, idiot!
And that my friends is more or less that! But being that I've spent what feels like the last year writing and posting pictures I may as well throw up a few final ones (This is either dumb and you can't select more than one image at a time, or I'm dumb and don't know how to select more than one image at a time! So this has taken like two hours to post so I hope you at least liked it?!)
Here we have my late Grandfather's 1984 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit II - I'm not actually a mad fan of the shape or era, to me it looks like a 1980's skip but sentimentally obviously it's priceless as it was his last car
It was actually sold after his death by my mean old Aunt who didn't offer us the chance to buy it ourselves , but I spent 5 years looking for it and eventually tracked it down and managed to buy it back as a gift for my Father - after I had it fully refurbed as it had been painted the wrong blue, had all gold badges and mascot, leather and wood were shot, she was in a state to be fair but she's sorted now, which is great and she'll stay in the family now, where she belongs - Who knows if I keep her long enough she may become attractive one day! No, I'm being unfair, she actually drives beautifully and is a lovely old girl, just not really my cup of tea, but I'm very fortunate to have her and I know this
I mentioned my Dad's Bentley GT, he still has her, he sadly doesn't subscribe to my OCD and fastidious cleanliness standards, in fact his cars resemble something a hobo has lived in which infuriates me, so I spent a week tucked up in my garage, detailing and machine polishing her a few months back, she came up really well, even in such a dodgy colour!
Now, definitive proof for Wifey that the SLS is indeed a practical, everyday, family car -ha ha, amazing!!
Here we have an obsessed (read that as sad) Daddy, trying to ensure his daughter grows up to be a petrol head so we can gang up on her Mother when it comes to buying cars - The sad part being that this is a mini SLS and Model A, so she has the same cars as Daddy for crying out loud! I even put a matching plate on the baby SLS and tip ex'd a 3 on the front of baby Winnifred!! The really sad part is I don't think it's sad, I think it's the coolest thing ever!!!
And finally, between you me and the gatepost, here is my latest member of the family, I brought her over the phone yesterday, hope to get her one day next week and I can't wait (especially as I've been without Winifred since buying her 7 months ago!) I just couldn't resist her, I've always loved these big old chunky Mercs and I really wanted a classic that for one, we could all go in, let alone that had a roof, windows and doors, as well as a classic that Wifey could drive easily, but also one that could comfortably do proper distances without concern - for as sorted as Winnie will hopefully be when she finally comes back, she's never going to be a long distance tourer!
Now whatever you do, don't tell Wifey..............!
That's it guys, thanks for sticking with what might actually be the world's longest thread and hope you enjoyed reading a little of my eclectic car history