August 04 - really must get my van back on the road. It has sat here on my parents drive for about 4 years.
Stevenage '95 1968 VW Camper Van and 1982 BMW E21 323i
At present the Caterham is our only car. Now we have moved out of London at some point we are going to have to bite the bullet and get another runabout - I'm thinking of a first generation M3 perhaps!!
My first car was a VW Camper van. Bought for £750 in 1990 for an exchange trip to Belgium, I still have the van, though it is currently off the road at my parents house. I have vowed never to sell the camper - I really should get it back on the road again - its mechanically sorted, all major rust has been fixed, body panels replaced etc. True to form, I have done many many miles in the van, all around Europe. I love it - its reliable, easy and cheap to work on, versatile and most importantly has character. Maybe it will make a perfect tow car one day (for our race Caterham!)
I bought the BMW from a work colleague around '95 for £500. I cracking car, it was top of the range in its day. The most comfortable seats (Recaro) in any car I have driven, and the best engine - BMW's straight 6. Rear wheel drive and fun in the wet. Great on long drives. Dodgy colour. I reluctantly sold it when in London, having not driven it for a year after buying the Burghmann.
London '98 Suzuki Burghmann 400
Whilst living in Balham I got a job in Datchet, near Windsor. Soon getting very fed up with the commute by train I jumped in at the deepend of scooter ownership with this little baby, bout 2nd hand with only 1500 miles for about £3200. I took my bike test and gulped at the huge insurance costs, but never looked back once I bought the bike. The BMW which I had at the time was never used again. Twist-n-go to 100mph, the bike was surprisingly quick, and great for the 21 mile each way commute, which consisted of 10 miles in town, 11 miles on the motorway. Again, true to form, huge mileage was covered. 22,000 miles in 18 months, the bike went to Scotland with luggage for a holiday and to France a few times on holidays. One of the reasons I got it was the very comfortable seat for the passenger. Girlfriends would (usually happily) ride on the back, where as they would not of gone on a more sporty motorbike. The seats were very comfortable with the lumber support, and the bigger screen very good in all weathers.
An A3 briefcase or portfolio fits under the seat. I fitted a luggage rack on the back for a top box, suitcase, and on one occasion, a kite buggy!