I MUST admit that I’m definitely one for the winter months – few things in life can beat the barrage of sensations you experience on a crisp, snowy January morning… but the problem living here in the UK is that we just don’t get many days like that. No, for us, it’s one or two days of snow bracketed by relentless rain and wind.
Owning an old car in our climes is no joy – either the heater’s no good, or the wipers aren’t up to scratch; and either way, you end up cursing your old heap, and wondering why you didn’t spend your hard earned on something modern and efficient.
However, it seems that summer truly started this weekend – and for me, once I’d recovered from the initial euphoria, and the novelty of actually wanting to get up before 9.00am on a weekend morning had worn off, and after the grass was mowed, it was time to dig out the old heap and give it a polish. As my SD1 is still sitting in Poland, that fell on my trusty Cavalier Sports Hatch, which has been used intermittantly during the winter months, but as far as I can remember, hadn’t been washed since November last year. Yes, I know.
So, if you have an old heap lying around in your
life, the next sunny weekend you get, drag it out
and revive it… and start enjoying driving again.
Actually, it’s one of those things you put off – getting the car looking good again. So, with the weather looking warm and bright, and nary a breeze to destroy the illusion of spring, I was relishing the job of titvating the old girl. So, after a can of silver paint had been deployed (on the crusty wheels) and the Turtle Wax dipped into (for a wash and a brush up), it was time to hop in and go for a spin.
And do you know what – I loved it.
It’s funny how the sunny weather permeated my disposition – and what was a belligerant, draughty old bus on a grim winter’s morning had turned into a delightful, engaging travelling companion. Yes, my Cavalier might be little more than 1970s tin, but give it a spring morning, and it has the power to inspire. So, if you have an old heap lying around in your life, the next sunny weekend you get, drag it out and revive it… and start enjoying driving again.
Now, let’s hope the weather holds – my SD1 is coming home soon, and I want to truly enjoy it…
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.