Monday, July 16, 2007

Fun Monday #25



Fun Monday this week is hosted by Tiggerlane and she set the following task:

I wanna see your CAR! It can be your current car, the first car you ever had, maybe your first new car with that new-car smell, a car you wrecked once, or even the dream car you would drive - given all the money in the world! Oh - and if you have a truck, SUV, lawnmower, whatever the local authorities allow you to drive, let's see it!

Although this isn't a picture of my first car it pretty much looks like it. Same model and colour. It was my all time favourite car, a Morris 1100. I got it when I was 17 years old and it was seven months older than me. I took my driving lessons in it. I passed my driving test in it (first time). I drove it the 230 miles to Hull regularly when I was at university. It never let me down...well it did a few times but I was a member of the AA so it didn't matter. It was in amazing condition as it had belonged to my grandmother who had bought it new but not used it much. I loved the speedometer which was a red line that went up and down much like a thermometer. If you want to learn more about the Morris 1100 the technical bit can be found here. As the car was a 1969 model it didn't have any seat belts in the back and they couldn't be fitted so it was with great sadness that I had to sell in in 1994, after eight glorious years together , as I needed a car with seat belts because I was now a mother.

I'm off to Bristol, England in 10 minutes so I'll be checking out everyones cars from there (if mum allows me on her new computer)!

50 comments:

min said...

Wow! That's the coolest car ever. I don't think I've ever seen one. So sad that you had to get rid of it!

ChrisB said...

see you soon xx

Mr. X said...

Blimey, a bit more stylish that the clapped out Astra we had...

willowtree said...
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willowtree said...

Sorry, that was me who deleted the post, the typo was so bad it mad no sense at all.
Anyway, as I was saying...I had a white 1100 and a light green Austin 1800, both were unreliable and died in wet weather (I think it was because of the east-west engine, the distributor was right behind the grille).

Hannah said...

That's such a fab car, and lovely that it was your gran's first.

Robinella said...

Very neat car!

Marmite Breath said...

Oooh, what a cute car!

Have fun in Bristol. My lovely friend Tobes went to school in Bristol. I have received many a letter written from there.

Lisa said...

Looks like it was a great car,sounds like you miss it!

mjd said...

Wow, that is a great car lasting for 25 years and providing good service to boot. That is the best kind of car. Have a great visit with your mum.

frannie said...

love the car!!!

have fun with your mum!!!

theotherbear said...

What a gorgeous little car :)
Have fun at your mum's.

Asha said...

Cute car!! You passed the first time in England!! You are good!!I failed twice there!:))
Have fun with your mum.I am sure she will let you use the PC!:D

Beccy said...

Min, I was very sad. My current car is not worth blogging about (boring and practical).

I'm seeing you now mum!

Thanks Mr X, stylish like me!

Willowtree they sound cool. Mine was pretty reliable although I was always topping up the oil and water!

Thanks Hannah, it was special.

Thanks Robinella.

Marmite Breath, Bristol's a great place although it's only a flying visit.

I do Lisa.

MJD my dad saw it a few years later being pushed down a road. I often wonder whether it's still 'alive'.

Thanks Frannie, I will.com

Beccy said...

The Other Bear, thanks I have great memories (but not many pictures).

Asha, I was thrilled to pass first time.

la bellina mammina said...

Love your car. We don't have one here as we take cabs - cheaper and it's like having a driver.

Beckie said...

Great car, but a great story to go with it!

Shauna said...

I wanna see a speedometer like that! I never have! :)

Steffi said...

That´s a cool and cute car,Beccy!

nikki said...

What a cute car!!!!!

Melissa said...

What a great car, and a great first car story. I miss my first car too. :)

Joy T. said...

Wow that is such a cool looking car!

Kaytabug said...

That is such a cool looking car, makes me want to move across the pond!!

Catwoman said...

How cool is that car! I can just imagine how sad it was to get rid of it!

Tiggerlane said...

What an incredibly unique and interesting car.

I had to change my idea of the "ideal" car as soon as I became a mom. Can't really strap a baby into a two-seater.

Christine said...

Really cool car Beccy!

Have a fun visit with your mum!

Happy Monday!

susan said...

What a great car...they just don't build them like that anymore!

Sayre said...

I love cars of character - and your Morris certainly had that!!!!

Robin said...

Beccy, don't you wish you had pictures of it? This Fun Monday was a good exercise in motivating me to take pictures of my kids and their first cars. I had to scrounge to find the one picture with my car in it :/.

Your car looks interesting, I had never heard of it before.

Have a great trip!

hellojed said...

Nice car!

Hope you're enjoying England, just came back from there myself.

Debs said...

That looks like a very cool car. I would love to have one.

Holler said...

It is so cool that your grandmother gave you her car!
I enjoyed the post!

swampwitch said...

Hope you're having fun with your mom...the two of you are making me crazier...I don't know who's what, or what's who. Great car, by the way.

JennieBoo said...

Is that the Harry Potter car?

AWESOME!

Have a great Monday!

bichonpawz said...

Interesting Car! Have a good visit!

Heather J said...

What a neat first car, I really like it! Sounds like it served you well. (Mine didn't even get me 25 weeks before it decided to commit suicide)

Kila said...

Cool car :) Has a little more character than most cars over here.

Pamela said...

AA? you mean alcoholics anonymous?
ha ha ha... assuming you mean Auto Assn.

cute little car. I had a very hot car (I mean a real muscle car) which I had to sell because it had NO back seat and I was also a mother. Guys would pull up beside me at a stop light and rev their engine - and I would leave them in the dust.
(Dust,seems like there's a never ending source around here.)

RAFFI said...

very cool car with great character.

Sam said...

i wish I'd entered this since there really are real photos of my first car in existence. to bad i have a food blog and not a car blog.

Btw I loved your car when you let me borrow it, remember?

my4kids said...

Cool car! The speedometer thingy sounds pretty cool also!

wolfbaby said...

hey now that is one neat car!!

alfaking said...

I once run a similar car belonging to my cousin. The whole family used that car which was so reliable. But we all started with a mini with which we had our driving licence - easier with a small car. It's funny when I recall how we overloaded it all the time.

My first car was a mini 1000 (morris or austin, I can't remember - but that doesn't make any difference). I bought it out of frustration. I was stranded in a wedding when my brother turned up very late to pick us. As soon as I was back home I went straight to a car broker and had an old mini a little before midnight.

Now I've changed for Japanese, more popular here. Currently a Toyota Startlet; and in a couple of weeks hopefully it'll be a Honda Fit (Jazz), not new, second-hand import from japan.

elena jane said...

oh what a cool car...i love english cars. they are so very OLD black and white movies and popcorn (lol, that's good btw) :-)

CPA Mom said...

that is such a neat car! Reminds me of the magic car in Harry Potter. I've got Harry Potter on the brain though.

CPA Mom said...

AA? Is that the same as our AAA? Must be.

Claudia said...

I just love those old cars! And thank you so much for telling me about the Citroen! No wonder I couldn't find any pictures!!!!

enidd said...

what a cool car, beccy. pity it had to go.

Sally Lomax said...

Great car! First time?

Took me three goes.

Debbie said...

What an awesome looking car!!!