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: 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 …

My First Car: Peugeot 405 ‘family’ favourite that took my breath away

The latest motoring memories in our My First Car series of features see Ian Robertson racking up the miles with his love of driving and the Peugeot 405.  Right from when I saw the Peugeot 405 at London’s Motorfair 87, I badgered my dad to get one. The ‘Take my breath away’ music in the advert and fiery cornfields didn’t …