PH BLOG: A BLAT IN THE BRAT
It's not just Ronald Reagan who has a thing for Subaru pick-ups
A shame really because you don't see 'em like this any more.
apparently shared with Ronald Reagan!) and can credit them with my continued affection for all things Subaru. One shared by at least one of my brothers too, both of us heavily influenced by early childhood exposure to Subarus courtesy of a farmer friend of the family who ran both MV pick-ups and the estate car version too. I can vividly remember him bombing us around his land in them, the shock at his habit of just veering off tracks, through hedges and across fields clearly as an effective marketing tool on the impressionable Trent mindset as any you could wish to encounter. Ever since my brother and I have automatically equated Subaru with cool, resulting in shared ownership of a WRX a few years back followed, in his case, with a Forester.
So when Harris and I pulled up at Cross Roads yesterday it wasn't the American cop car, the mint Mk1 XR2, the Sierra RS Cosworth or the rank of Impreza STIs that made me point and beam - it was this.
A shame the mechanical toughness wasn't an attribute shared by the bodywork though - most of these pick-ups have long-since rusted away to nothing. No wonder Cross Roads leapt at this one when it came up, paying £3K for it. You can pay more too, there being a small but passionate following.