The Failures


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Samurai without a master – My 605

I had a big Peugeot. As you can imagine, it didn’t end well. Though for once it wasn’t my fault.


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Mobile tetanus – My 1973 Oldsmobile

I bought an American car. It was not a good American car in any way, shape or form.


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Poor track record – My 1997 Escort ‘track car’

This why you should never try and build your own track car. Or it’s at least a lesson in why should avoid an Escort.


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The gearbox of doom – My W202 C230

Another Mercedes-Benz. Another truckload of absolute fail.


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Lost Property – My second W126 Benz

The only car I have ever owned that someone lost. No, really.


The one that got away – My Mk2 Golf Driver

A Golf I bought, transformed and enjoyed. No fire, death or failure at all. Weird.


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The best things in life are free – ’80 Mitsubishi Sapporo

Got it for free. Took it apart. Ran out of talent.


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Making the moss-t of it – My Mercedes 500SEL

It was a moss-covered Mercedes. It’s a play on words, geddit?


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Red, dead, no redemption – My Mercedes 280E

It was a high-end, quality automobile. It also smelled like wee inside.


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Drifted Clearways – My 1976 Mk2 Capri 3.0S

Not a JPS. Not particularly solid. Didn’t actually drift Clearways (a corner at Brands Hatch, for the uninitiated).