As can be read on this website, the Staples2Naples plan is coming together beautifully. The car is chosen, the drivers vetted, and we’re already drawing up a strategy. In fact, the whole situation is very, very interesting indeed.
In fact, I cannot actually remember looking forward to anything (road trip-wise) quite as much as I do this…
But why? After all, although the car is a good one (in my eyes), ultimately it is classified a “banger”. Well, you can say that, but having owned the 216GTi’s bigger brother, the 416GTi, I can tell you that they go very well, and even when abused, seem very dependable indeed. That aside, this car is still a 14-year old Rover, and the idea of razzing this thing across Europe on a 3,000-mile round trip (I have every intention of bringing it home) would seem like any sane person’s idea of purgatory.
I guess the answer lies with the fact that I cannot be entirely sane, and that there’s petrol running through my veins. There has to be some logical explanation. Either way, I feel pretty encouraged by the positive response we’ve had from other interested parties (generous donations, sponsorship and the offer of a support/back-up team in a nice new Rover 75)… obviously, there are loads of other car nuts out there.
So that’s me, in a nutshell: mad about cars, perhaps madder than is prudent these days. My co-drivers are made from the same stuff too…
We’re going to be OK.
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.
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