When I passed my driving test and it was time to look for a suitable car to buy, I soon realised that I didn’t really want a suitable car atall but a totally unsuitable one. I trawled the local garages with my dear Dad desperately hoping to find something that wasn’t a dull old Ford or boring Vauxhall within my modest price range and had almost given up hope when we were driving through town one Saturday morning and my Dad suddenly pulled up outside a garage and pointed to a beautiful silver sporty looking vehicle bearing an almost unbelievably achievable price ticket upon it’s windscreen. A test drive later I asked him the big question, what did he think? to which he replied that it was of course not very practical and rather expensive and Italian to boot but that if he were me he’d probably buy it anyway. And so it was that I became the incredibly proud owner of a beautiful Alfa Romeo Sprint. That car was my almost trusty, highway steed for nearly a decade and I was heartbroken when it finally had to go. I’ve never owned anything since that was as much fun to drive and I nurture the secret hope that some day I can throw caution to the wind once more and find myself another………..
In the meantime here are a few more images from amongst the participants in Angoulême’s ‘Circuit des Remparts” classic and vintage car rally.