Growing up in the 50s and 60s
First experiences of driving in the late 1960s
My first cars of the late 1960's
Sometimes cars went for a 100 miles without going wrong!
The ironic thing about this is the fact that I paid more for my first car than I have collectively for my last 3 cars !
It was 1969 and upon attaining the age of 21, came into the grand sum of £1000 (my Aunt Lucy had passed away and left me something). I think I paid £340 for it.
Basically the Hornet, together with the Riley Elf, was a Mini with a bit on the back, making the boot ample large enough to fit one guitar and a microphone in!
But we all recall that huge space on the left of us when we take our first trip out alone after passing the driving test. I drove at night for the first time and remember speeding to the petrol station to say I had a problem, the warning light was on - it was the main beam!
Happy memories indeed with this car. Gone were the days of the 'Bus and Train', now it was courting which was more directly to the point.
The Hornet gave me, and others!, great pleasure. Just once in a while I see one now and it always brings a tear and a gulp.
Then the Ford Anglia. After the Hornet, like a Tank. You got arm ache after three miles driving the thing. It looked pretty sharp though
A string of cars followed; Austin A35, Austin A40 (yes, they got worse). But the favourites were the Mini Vans I had. Although back down to 850cc, they weighed nothing and you'd scoot around the lanes with ease.
The Classic Hornet in, 1969, when
Led Zeppelin released their first album
President Nixon was elected
The Beatles gave their last public performance
Boom Banger Bang jointly won the Eurovision Song Contest
Charles became Prince of Wales
Neil Armstrong became the first man on the Moon
The Woodstock Festival
New comedy series 'Monty Pythons Flying Circus'
and the average......
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