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MIKE’s DREAM GARAGE - Updated 25th November 2007

From many conversations, in many situations us driving addicts seem to be able to assess each others illness by discussing the vehicles we would actually like to own, should that lottery win ever materialise. In no particular order then, here are mine:

AC Cobra Replica AC Cobra - the 427
Probably my dream car for the longest of all, and to me, elevating Carroll Shelby to hero status. The monstrous exaggeration of the best female curves carrying an oversized, noisome block, providing such power that only the brave truly extract the full potential. I only have a little model on my shelf but it still makes me sigh.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Aston Martin V8 Vantage
In my yoof, the Vantage took my breath away. If ever a car could be made to embody power, this was it. I especially loved the bump in the bonnet.
Mini 1275GT Austin Mini 1275GT
A model I’ve actually owned this time. I had such fun driving it the first time around, and on the roads I knew well, there wasn’t much could keep up. One of the original pocket rockets.
Lamborghini Gallardo Lamborghini Gallardo
Not sure whether it is the noise of the ridiculously high revving engine I want to own or the perfect design I prefer. I know I would love a ride in one though, and it’s high on my wish list for weekend hire.
Ferrari Dino 246GT
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Ferrari 246GT (Dino)
Another example of the early motors which turned my head. The like of Magnum aside, it was the Dino that really turned my head and made me appreciate the marque. I went on to lust after the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB, but I remain loyal to this cracking little car - especially the curvy body-work (again!)
Bentley Continental GT
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Bentley Continental GT
I’ll need one of these for my world tour. I gather you not only need a generous income to own this touring legend but have to be a logician to calculate a route with fuel stops every 200 miles. I’ll maybe travel to Sant’Agata in it.
Bowler Wildcat
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Bowler Wildcat
Who doesn’t remember Richard Hammond’s war cry "I’m a driving God" whilst behind the wheel of one of these. Apart from pure power through the wheels, I like the idea of being allowed to drive on the road in it and perhaps using the violent exhaust to knock smaller vehicles (read Micra) over.
Audi R8
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Audi R8
Hard not to have the latest wondercar on the radar. If the reviews are anything to go by, the R8 will enhance my mediocre wheelmanship and have me out-drive the real men in their 911’s.
Plymouth Barracuda
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Plymouth "Cuda" (426 Hemi)
More muscle. The dream garage and the desire for power is beginning to sound homoerotic, not so because it’s mostly the womanly curves which catch my eye. Still nothing can replace the heavy throb of a V8 which makes the chassis shake on its axles. To me, the third generation "Cuda" is the epitome of the 70’s American Muscle Car.
Land Rover Lightweight V8 Land Rover Lightweight V8
A realistic chance at this one for a summer runaround. Must have a roll cage, rag-top and big wheels. I’ve owned Land Rovers and know some of their weaknesses (hence a lack of the marque elsewhere in this massive garage), I like the lightweight for its relative simplicity and again that V8 ripping through the air.
Lotus Elise S2
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Lotus Exige
Lotus Elise S2
Or in more extreme moments an Exige. My first sighting of an Elise was in central London, in a road filled with London taxis, executive non-descripts and limos, the Elise provided the only colour in a black and white (and grey) tableau. Truly a "sports car", this example was in bright orange and even though all the traffic was stationary I could visualise the thrills it could deliver to anyone lucky enough to be behind the wheel. I have a friend who was happy to take me out in his more conservative steely grey example. It is his only car, a daily commute vehicle as well as weekend fun-mobile - I admire his choice, if only we were all smart enough to make the wearisome trip to work as much fun as a blast round the hills.
Triumph Spitfire
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Triumph Spitfire MkIII
Another happy memory car. Pre-10 years old I was regularly collected from school in one and during my ’teens a mate had one. I think I would get similar sort of fun out of this as I would in the Elise (if only at a slower rate), and either would do for my school run as a parent. Like many of its stable mates, the curving, bulbous wings have a lot to do with liking them.
Datsun 240z Datsun 240Z
An early Japanese model to round things off. Lots of power and delightful curves, I couldn’t own a blue one though!

Mike.

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