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PostSubject: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 18:20

Yet another funny Q&A game I intended to open for a while now, and Timo's videoclip thread inspired me to finally get along with this one. I had this one running in another forum years ago, and I thought it came up with a couple of very interesting stories, so post along Smile

So, here's the question: There's some age, you begin to realise, you are travelling from A to B in some thingy, that's got wheels and an engine, and a while later, you learn, this is a car, and even a specific car of brand and type.

So, what were the wheels your parents used to strap you into (or if you happen to be old or your parents reckless enough, not) if they had to take you with them. From your earliest memories to, lets say, about 10 or 12? Smile



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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 18:51

My dad had a lot of cars while I was young. Sri Mk2 and Mk3 Vauxhall Cavaliers. I always wanted him to paint the Mk3 in the colours of Clelands Cavalier  lol!

He had from what I can remember a, Nissan Almera Gti, Audi A4, Volvo S40 2.0 Turbo, I loved that one. A Rover 200, he borrowed a Volvo 850 estate T5, i loved that too as it was 7 seats and you could sit in the book and look backwards. A Peugeot 307 CC, the one they used for rallying for a while. He also owned for a period a MGB open top version, great memories of that as we drove to Le Mans in it in 2003. Those are the ones I remember, but I'm sure he had more.

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 18:53

So I'll start off with telling about my automotive memories Smile

The first ride I can remember is a red Opel Manta B, a 1600, according to my dad. I remember the back then oh so fashionable cascade rear window cover, and my fascination for the mechanism of the quarterlight. At least until someone ran into our back and I had to realise that mechanism can hurt a lot on your head...

The jury is still out if that is really my first ride, or if my baby seat was actually strapped into a Ford Taunus. The Opel joined our family somewhere around my birth.

Then, things got a bit more complicated, my parents divorced, and I grew up with my mom, but visited my dad every fortnight. He traded his Manta for a light blue metallic 7-series BMW. Not sure on the exact type, it had a very impressive 6-cylinder engine my dad happily allowed to admire when visits at my grandma got to boring.

When I came to know my stepfather, his car was... less impressive than both the Manta or BMW, he had a pale yellow 3rd gen Mitsubishi Galant with an actually very nice, plushy blue interior. Yeah, very '70s combination Very Happy That one had a tendendy to refuse starting when warm, my memory of this car is looking out of the back window and see four or five young men pushing our car to a start...
Frustrated by the cars irks (and probably also his stretched wallet due to having to pay alimony) had him trade the Mitsubishi for the worst car I can remember ever being owned by any of my parents: a red Chrysler Horizon. It was loud, it was slow, it was uncomfortable, though yet decently reliable. It accompanied us twice on our holidays to Sweden in the mid '80s. But it was... horrid!

Fast forward to 1988, our situation got a bit better, and while my dad was still happy with his BMW (it wasn't before 1990 he traded it for a dark red first gen Ford Scorpio, my stepfather was more than happy enough to get rid of that red misery of a car and dump it for a white Renault 21. It should be suspicious, if an half-year old car is sold second hand by a Mercedes dealer. The first owner traded it for a Mercedes 190, and we soon realised why: That Renault was truly a lemon car, suffering from a somewhat lax sense for quality. Leaky windshild, split engine block (Renault had to admit it was a faulty cast affraid ), some dim headlights, which nonetheless tended to burn the bulbs on a regular base, some noises and electrical gremlins we never were able to completely get rid off. But once the worst faults were eliminated (which took 1 1/2 dozens of visits to the garage), it was a nice, reliable companion who carried us about 150,000 kilometres across Germany and Europe for about 7 years, but by then I was almost an adult and over my self-set limit Smile

Now I'm looking forward to read your stories Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 19:01



I remember the leather smelling horribly in this car. But it had 185bhp, so my dad liked it!

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 19:31

Easy question: take the Opel catalogue from 1970 to 1995 and you'll cover most of it. :D

This wasn't the daily drive but it's the one of which I still remember every detail: a US imported Opel GT 1.9 in bright orange paintwork, black leather interior (and the smell that accompanied it), wooden steering wheel, auto gearbox, gauges in miles, and a registration number ending with my birth date. :D



There were two owners club in Belgium, my dad was the founder of one of them. I thus spent my youth watching big numbers of GT's gathering all around the country. Dad also took me for a few slow laps around Spa and Zolder in it. By the mid 90s the novelty had worn off, owners got older, the enthusiasm faded and the cars (we had a second one, in dark brown) were sold. The explanation was "you can only sit in the back in the child seat. You've outgrown the seat, and the car."

I could list all the other cars, but after a quick count I got up to 30 cars in 30 years. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 19:41

Awesome! Keep 'em coming! :top:

Fun fact, monday, while bringing the company's van to the car wash, I saw a metallic blue Opel GT and though 'whoah, these got seldom!' Now your dad is probably a bit annoyed he gave his one away, eh? Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 19:59

You can't keep everything. I'd need a hangar if he'd held on to every car. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 20:42

We've had a Nissan Prairie, MG City Rover (awful, I know), Fiat Multipla, Citroen Xsara and currently a Peugeot 207 and Honda FRV.

There might be more childhood rides to come, you never know. :rigol:
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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 20:56

We didn't have a car when i was a child. Though my parents were a standard middle class, it was quite difficult to get one in communistic Czechoslovakia. It took several years to get through the waiting list for the worst crap of cars unless you were "in the (communist) party". That didn't prevent me from loving cars right from the start. Actually, my first word wasn't "mama", it was "aba" which meant "car" in my childspeech. My mom hasn't got over it till these days Laughing I could recognize pretty much anything on the road, not only visually , but also by the sound. I won a few beers for my father, as some of his friends didn't believe i could do it at the age of two Very Happy Anyway, the very first car my father bought after the Velvet Revolution was a Skoda Favorit. Ours had a bloody red stripe all along the body that added at least 5hp to the brutal power output of the 1.3 four banger, outdated 30 years before it was put into this devil's creation Wink



A few years later (1993 it was, i think), he bought an Audi 80. God i loved that car! It might be hard to imagine for you who lived in western countries, but this was like a UFO on Czech roads back then. MOst cars were rustbuckets like old Skoda, Lada, Wartburg, still many Trabants on the roads and then you meet this. Unreal. Love at the first sight. Ironically, he still drives a 1996 Skoda Octavia now, which is by all means a worse car than this 1989 Audi.


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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 21:01

What are you on about Petr? There were tons of Favorits around here, i even rode a lot in a friend of mine's Favorit, and this was already in the year 2000s!

You forget that "audis" and such were not for the common people of the capitalist society Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 21:21

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What are you on about Petr? There were tons of Favorits around here, i even rode a lot in a friend of mine's Favorit, and this was already in the year 2000s!

You forget that "audis" and such were not for the common people of the capitalist society Razz

Well, Favorit wasn't a bad car considering the environment where it was developed. It could be MUCH worse (Yugo, Tavria, Oltcit, Polonez and other Eastern block shitboxes). Also, communistic era was disastrous for our automotive industry, Skoda could produce cars like this http://www.autoforum.cz/fascinace/skoda-720-sen-o-ceskem-bmw-zabily-naklady/ , but it was scratched by "The party".

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 21:53

I can only speak for the GDR, it sure wasn't the ability of the engineers designing the cars that gave the cars such a bad reputation. When the Trabant 601 was put into production in the early '60s, it was a modern, up-to-date, in some aspects even advanced car. Two stroke car engines were totally common for small cars in those years, FWD made it relatively advanced, plastic bodies on a steel frame were rather unique. The problem: except for some detail changes, like a two-stage carburator or a new ignition, over the course of 27 years, no major design updates were made, neither to design or technics. It wasn't for the technicians not looking for improvements, but for the leadership of the GDR who deemed a more modern design unneccessary and was afraid it would result in increasing prices...

...and when the wall fell, shifty used car dealers made a fortune selling junk western cars to the east... Wink

Speaking of eastern block cars, I always had a weak spot for the GAZ Volga M-24. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 22:40

Exactly, Michael. Trabant was a decent car when introduced. Wartburg 311/312 has to be the most fantastic two stroke car ever built. Even the 353 is actually a very solid vehicle. And i'm sure DDR engineers had a lot in the bag, but were basically screwed once commies came. The same as here. It physically hurts to see how many projects were scrapped because... because the government said so. Proper sports cars, family wagons, sports saloons that were on par with Alfa Romeo or even BMW, world class engines, etc. Thirty years of development lost. Hell, Skoda 120 produced until early 90s isn't anything else than re-bodied 1964 Skoda 1000MB Crying or Very sad

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 22:59

Fun fact: GDR got involved in F2 and sportscar racing until 1957, when the programme was abandoned due to the fact it tied in the eyes of the responsible sites to many ressources and offered little to no benefit for serial production. Until then, the last iterations of the AWE/EMW 1.5l sportscar gave the iconic Porsche 550 a run for their money, clearly beating them a few times in competition. Who would think that if your only association with cars made in GDR are loud, smelly, slow, albeit cuddly looking, outdated cars? Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 23:02

In my case with cars it was love at first sight as well.
The first cars I remember having at home were a purple Ford Fiesta and a brown Audi 80 2.3E exactly like this ones:  Smile


My father dislikes diesel cars so we always have bought petrol ones. :D
The Audi felt soo fast, mainly because the speedometer had 260Km/h as the fastest speed, which was like light speed for me as a kid. Even though it only had like 130hp. It sounded nicely too being a 5 cyl.
The fiesta was pretty crappy and we didn't really like it, it didn't even have power steering.
When I was born my mum had a black Opel Corsa GSI, which I'm sure was a nice little car but I don't remember it.  Sad
When I was 3 years old or something like that, I almost ran over my grandpa with the Fiesta, i did hurt his leg a bit.  :doh:  I just remember sitting in the car when nobody looked at me, and turning the key, it was in gear so it jumped forward. They were sooo angry with me because I also scratched the door against a wall pretty badly.  Embarassed
In the year 2000 we sold the Fiesta and bought something exactly like this:  Suspect

My mother loved it! Laughing
And a few years later we sold the aging Audi and bought a second hand 1999 BMW 328ci e46 which we have kept since today, it is now my car since my dad bought himself a newer BMW, and I absolutely am in love with it.  :conduit:  It's exactly like this one:

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 23:06

I think my mother traded her Austin Mini 1100 in when I was born.

So her cars while I was still a child were:

Fiat Uno
Subaru E12

In my father's case, I've nearly ridden all our oldtimers while I was small:

Ford Escort Mexico
Austin Mini 1000 Automatic
Austin A35
Ford Anglia 106E Deluxe
Jaguar MK2 3.8
Triumph Spitfire MK1
Lotus Elan S4

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Thu 25 May 2017 - 23:17

Petr Hlavac wrote:
Exactly, Michael. Trabant was a decent car when introduced. Wartburg 311/312 has to be the most fantastic two stroke car ever built. Even the 353 is actually a very solid vehicle. And i'm sure DDR engineers had a lot in the bag, but were basically screwed once commies came. The same as here. It physically hurts to see how many projects were scrapped because... because the government said so. Proper sports cars, family wagons, sports saloons that were on par with Alfa Romeo or even BMW, world class engines, etc. Thirty years of development lost. Hell, Skoda 120 produced until early 90s isn't anything else than re-bodied 1964 Skoda 1000MB Crying or Very sad

My dad said those Wartburgs were fantastic cars.

He worked for the Dutch Wartburg importers and used a "works" 311 (whatever that might have been), with all of its 50 BHP for 900 kilos, in the first rallycross event held outside the UK in 1969. He finished second overall, beaten by an NSU TT 1100, not exactly a powerhouse either. It's a far cry from the current crop of cars with 4WD and 600 BHP.



The team also went rallying, with dad being classed as reckless and completely mad by other competitors because he overtook everyone on the downhill sections. He had to, he was trying to recover the time lost because the car would run out of steam as soon as it approached a hill. :D

I could go on for a long time, but it's not pat of the "childhood cars" theme so I'll stop there. I started counting his and mine cars; lost count beyond 60. :hihi:

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Fri 26 May 2017 - 7:55

Cars of my childhood...ohh..such a emotinal topic :D

I was quite happy that we always have a car and the very first I remember was Skoda 130L. I remember that I don´t like the car as speedometer is not working and what is more important than the speed at which you are travelling as a 5 year old racedriver lol!

Beside this car, my grandfather has Volha 21...and that was something!! He was car mechanic for circa 50 years, well know person, mainly because after war when he returned from Germany he was one of a few who can repair a car...he also build his own with hand made work! let return to Volha...I remember two sofas - one in front one in rear, without seat belts...it was simple to sit in front between my grand parents. Grandpa rebuild the shifter from behind the steering wheel to more "modern" on floor. Car was in sea blue with lot of chrome and I can tell you that there were no cars around that could match the majestic appearance of "so calld The Empress". We were rinding that car nearly each day to the river for fishing...one day there was a very quick flood and we were stuck on a small place with the car and water around...so we drive throuh that..I remeber water running in through the doors but Volha did it without much problems...grandpa only have to be very careful as drum brakes were full of water Very Happy Very Happy
I know that something important in my life is come to an end when grandpa sold that car...and I was right...no more days on the riverside, no more fishing together.




Beside the cars we owned in family I have a chance to check cars not usualy around behind iron courtain. My father worked as a an oilman and from time to time his colleagues from Great Britain come to us with their cars. I can clearly remember Ford Scorpio with V6, black leather, automatic transmition. in the year 1987/88 it was like UFO in czechoslovakia :D

Later on my father change his job and he bacema car salesman, at first for Renault, later for Mercedes...so you can imagine I have a chance to tes tquite a lot of interesting cars from mighty Clios to SL600...

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Fri 26 May 2017 - 8:36

This Korean thing...


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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Fri 26 May 2017 - 8:54

My father had no interest in cars, for him they were just a way of going from one place to the other so he never had good ones. When I was born I travelled in my parent's Seat 850, later they got a Renault 5 TS. Then came a Talbot Horizon, but it turned out to be a shit car and some months later my father swapped it for another Horizon but with the famed 1.9D engine, which worked well for many years. Then we moved to a Ford Sierra 2.3 Diesel, the car my father had when he passed away in 1991, and I even got to drive it for some time before buying an Escort 1.6i Sport, which thus became the first half decent car in the family :D - But that is another story.

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PostSubject: Re: Your childhood rides...?   Sat 27 May 2017 - 21:02

when i Was a little boy as i have in memories from about 4years old we had W312 (not 1st user)

this but repainted full red  



then since approx. 1979  353W  (great car, daily used , 5 times from Brno to Usedom (East Germany)

in service only once on Usedom when it got new exhaust and father didnt want lay under car on holydays.  other repairs did father itself , great car with plenty of rooom and good power in east block




after i got driver licence (1997) i drowe the W353 once (and last lime) on Masarycs Circuit , then i Bought second hand FIAT UNO 1,5 75HP , it was great car for me, great reliable engine but body rusted , then i bought (3rd hand)  FIAT TIPO 1,6 (arount 2001) which still have as winter car



and since 2011 summer car Fiat Coupe 2.0 16V


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