Blog: Sublime to the ridiculous…

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Just in case you lot think I’ve recovered my sanity by buying my lovely Rover SD1, I just thought I’d show you a picture of my ‘other’ new project. Bought from fellow muttering rotter, Simon Goldsworthy, this little beauty and I will be spending quite a bit of time together over the next two or three months…

I terms of driving pleasure, it evokes a bygone era – and far more effectively than my Allegro (nicknamed ‘Molly’) ever did… What do I mean by that? Well, the Allegro’s dynamic behaviour wasn’t bad – and at times, it did feel as if the steering wheel and the road were connected. In the case of this Lada, steering feel has been replaced by a series of controls by proxy… It’s almost as if I give the response to turm, and a few intermediaries relay my commands to a rather lazy operator tugging at a vintage steering box.

Still, I’ve been having it too good with a succession of Rover 800s, a 75, and now a Saab Turbo – it’s time to get back to basics.

One thing’s for sure – a few people were beginning to think I was going all mainstream with my choice of cars – I hope this puts paid to that rumour right now – there’s nothing like Communist car ownership to set you apart as being a bit wierd, in a masochistic kind of way…

If you lot are questioning my sanity, imagine how I’m feeling right now!

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

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