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NICK’s DREAM GARAGE - Updated 9th December 2009

We have all played Million £ garage, if you haven’t then sod off and help you girlfriend / boyfriend choose some scatter cushions because you’re on the wrong website. By the way if £1m is enough then I guess you’ve not got a lot of imagination as that wouldn’t buy me a ¼ share in my first car. Lets get it out of the way now...yes it is a Ferrari, but not the modern plastic fantastic ugly sisters we have to choose from today. No mine has to be a classic.

UPDATE

Out

Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
Audi A6 Avant 3.0TDi Quattro

In

Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Audi RS6 Avant


Thought I’d do my bit for global warming :-)



Ferrari 250SWB
image sourced from www.wikipedia.com
GFDL Licence here
Original image here
Ferrari 250 SWB
Must be the lightweight, not fussy about the colour.
I shouldn’t have to explain why, but I will as this is what this bit is all about. It was designed to do one job and one job only and that was to win races. The fact that it looks stunning was just a bonus. It’s just so right, so tight, no flab just pure purpose. Yes the 250 Lusso is prettier and nicer but I ask you Jamie Lee Cutis in Trading places or Oliva Newton John in Grease? You get my drift. The noise is just otherworldly...the scream of that V12 sends tingles down your spine.
Lancia Stratos HF Gp4
image sourced from www.wikipedia.com
GFDL Licence here
Original image here
Lancia Stratos
Must be a Group 4 or have the spoilers and the gold Campagnola cotton reel wheels.
From the very first glimpse as it came over the crest at Sutton Park in the RAC Rally, all sideways with Sandro Muirno at the wheel I was hooked. You have to remember it was set against MK2 Escorts and Opel Kadets...this thing was from another time. As it speared off through the gate on that cold November day, spitting flames on the overrun, I new I had to have one. A feeling reinforced by a Car Magazine article called the Devil’s Own Classic in which Ian Frazer described what it was like to drive this car born of an uncomfortable alliance between parts of the Fiat empire. I came close once to re-mortgaging the house to buy one. It was a moment of pure clarity that only the true obsessive will understand. Yes I know they are tricky to drive and will bite you in the end but what a challenge and what a looker.
Ford Escort Mk2 Rally Car
image sourced from www.wikipedia.com
GFDL Licence here
Original image here
MK II Escort
Must be a Group 4 BDA/G and covered in mud.
Like the Stratos it stems from my love of muddy forest tracks and standing near them with people in bobble hats. No car has gone more sideways and for longer than a MK II escort. Yes I’ve driven one and yes it was sideways down a forest track and yes I enjoyed myself more than I care to admit.
Mini Cooper Mini Cooper 1300s
Must be Old English White with a black roof, Quartz Iodide Spot Lamps and Minilites.
Yes another Rally Car but this one has more to do with the Italian Job and one that got away. You see, I owned one for two weeks when I was nineteen. My cousin went to buy it but didn’t want it, so I bought it but could only get a cover note for two weeks. So I drove it for that period than sold it on.
Mustang 390GT
Must be Green with black Halibrand Knock ons.
You know the reason why, yes its sad but it looks so right and sounds so good and one of the greatest drivers and coolest guys ever drove one and I am hoping some of it might just rub off on me.
Lotus Elan S4 Drophead
image sourced from www.wikipedia.com
GFDL Licence here
Original image here
Lotus Elan S4 Drophead
Must be red and white and have had the water pump fixed.
One of the greatest handling cars ever and now you can make them last longer than a trip to the shops. They look so good, sound great and are tiny so you can drive them quickly along narrow roads.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Aston Martin V8 Vantage
(William Towns) Must be X Pack version in Mendip Blue.
Happy Memories as a kid going out in one and going to the launch at ASTON. Such a great looking car, sounds fantastic and very very classy in a way that no Italian car can ever be.
Land Rover Defender Landrover Defender
Must be fitted with a winch and a Snorkel.
I want to be able to go anywhere on my farm.
Unimog
image sourced from www.wikipedia.com
GFDL Licence here
Original image here
Unimog
Must be green with a canvas back and a snow plough on the front (just like the Corgi one I had as kid). Just in case I get the Landrover stuck trying to go anywhere I like on the farm.
Massey Ferguson Tractor
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GFDL Licence here
Original image here
Massey Ferguson Tractor
Must be Big & Red - Well I want a farm so I’ll need a tractor and there’s only one make isn’t there?
Audi RS6 Avant Audi RS6 Avant
Jaguar XK120 Jaguar XK120
Must be in Old English White with Red Leather Interior and have the C Type engine fitted - This one’s for my dad as he never got his Jaguar and when he was at collage his mate had a 120 which he loved.
Jaguar D-Type
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GFDL Licence here
Original image here
D Type Jag
Must be long fin and allowed to run at the Le Mans Classic - The greatest Jag ever and it won the greatest race on earth, the Le Mans 24hr. I would love to drive it down there and race in the Classic, sharing the driving with my friends then drive it back. The car looks so right, is still very fast today and makes great noise.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Caterham Seven And last but not least, in fact the car I must have and would never be without...

Caterham 7
Must be Mine but with £000s thrown at it - No car comes close to this for sheer driving pleasure, its been honed over 50 years into the very essence of a why I love driving. No driver aids to help you out, just you and your skill...its the real deal. You become part of it, you feel every little movement, it responds to everything you do. Every Seven is different because you make it yours and that’s why its so special. I am not telling you the spec, go build your own and see why I am an addict.

Nick.

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