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ME AND MY CAR

Me and My Car: Sarah Godfrey and her Mercury Comet

Mechanically, Sarah Godfrey’s sixties Mercury Comet is pretty perfect, and the patina is something she’d like to preserve. Here, she tells Charlotte Vowden how her Californian coupe, which sent her skywards on their first drive, has jump-started a classic car addiction. When the Mercury Comet went on sale in 1960...

Me and My Car: Clare Brookes and her Ford Consul Corsair

It's a time capsule of my life and I almost lost it: Clare Brookes tells Charlotte Vowden how her father’s beloved Ford Consul Corsair nearly became the one that got away in this remarkable tale of betrayal, serendipity and hope. One of Ford’s more exotic looking conceptions, the Corsair had...

Me and My Car: Jack Latchford and his Datsun Laurel 200L

Jack Latchford owns one of the rarest cars in the country, it’ll be one of six once it’s officially registered. Here, he tells Charlotte Vowden how he plans to make it a one-of-a-kind. Manufactured in Japan by Nissan, the Laurel made its debut in the late sixties. Sold and marketed...

Me and My Car: Kieran Carpenter and his Toyota Starlet

Surviving Toyota Starlets are likely to be spotted in suburbia but owner Kieran Carpenter thinks his rally-liveried daily driver is more suited to back roads and rugged terrain. Here he tells Charlotte Vowden why it’s the best £500 he’s ever spent on a car. A car of Japanese descent that...

Me and My Car: Rosie Redshaw and her Vauxhall Nova

When you’ve found a car that’s right for you it becomes a platform for self-expression, says Nova owner Rosie Redshaw. Here, she tells Charlotte Vowden why she’s planning to give hers a new look.  The Vauxhall Nova was launched in 1983 as a rival to the Ford Fiesta and it did...

Me and My Car: Amy Jaine Stanton and her VW Lupo Harlequin

It’s not the obvious choice for someone who suffers from shyness or social anxiety, but this colourful Harlequin tribute has helped Amy Jaine Stanton realise her inner-strength. Here, she tells Charlotte Vowden how ownership of a conspicuous car can help elevate your confidence.  If the rumours are true, it was...

Me and My Car: Sammie Payne and her Renault Clio

I took a chance on love and car roulette and won! Sammie Payne tells Charlotte Vowden how her partner Chloe and a plucky Renault Clio have transformed her life. When the Clio replaced the Renault 5 in 1990, it was the first generation of the French manufacturer’s cars to be named...

Me and My Car: Katie Hollingsworth and her Ford Cortina

Katie Hollingsworth is determined to get her temperamental Ford Cortina running reliably; they’ve yet to complete a journey from A to B. Here, she tells Charlotte Vowden why she’s utterly besotted despite having to have roadside recovery on speed dial.  The Ford Cortina was wildly successful in the 1960s and...

Me and My Car: Callan Hyde and his Triumph 2000 estate

Callan Hyde’s Triumph 2000 was in such a state of disrepair when he saved it from a derelict garage even the dipstick had rotted off. Here, he tells Charlotte Vowden what it was like to return it to the road.  In its heyday the Triumph 2000 estate was heralded as...

Me and My Car: Nathan (Naing Oo) and his Austin Seven

Inspired by watching his grandfather restore barn find lorries in Burma , taking care of motor cars helps Nathan (Naing Oo) take care of his mental health. Ahead of the 90th birthday of his Austin Seven, he tells Charlotte Vowden how his pre-war vehicle has become an essential companion through...
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