My First Car: In Polo position – Volkswagen ‘shopping car’ fuels lifelong ‘obsession’

Richard Gooding recounts how a little green Volkswagen went on to play, and inspire, a bigger part in his life than was originally scripted… Why? That’s probably what I get asked most. Why a ‘shopping car’? I’ll happily have you know that the Volkswagen Polo is more than a shopping car. Much more. It’s also the car that started my …

My First Car: Fond memories of a battered Bond 875 and its sorry end

The story of  Dave Randle’s very first bought and paid-for car is swiftly told. My first wife and I were shopping in Crawley in 1971, and needed to get ourselves and our shopping back to our ten-foot caravan in Forest Row. The caravan had been delivered and sited for us, but we really needed our own transport. In someone’s driveway …

My First Car: Blowing hot and cold about 1962 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible

Chris Manning certainly enjoyed wind-in-the-hair motoring with the first car he actually owned – a 1962 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible. Although the Minor 1000 Convertible was my first car, I had previously had the use of some of my Uncle Bill’s cars before I bought the Minor from a friend of the family who lived in Palmers Green, north London. …

My First Car: Alvis dream car was pure Beetleback mania for Tom!

In the latest My First Car feature, Tom Scanlan takes a trip down memory lane to tell of his first car which was a 32-year-old Alvis 12/60 Beetleback. 1961 — the year that the Jaguar E-Type stunned the world. Also new were the Triumph TR4 and the latest MG Midget. But the two-seater sports car that I, aged 17, craved …