Run by Julian Balme
Owned since June 1995
Total mileage 79,394
Miles since February
2014 report 1400 (approx)
Latest costs nil
FAREWELLTO MY LOVELY TODDLES
After 19 years, my relationship with the #Ford-Anglia
is over – both emotionally and physically. I’d never totally fallen out of love with the car, despite its demands on my time, but the reasons for providing it a home had changed.
Nearly two decades ago I bought the little Dagenham-built station wagon as an everyday car. Something I could scoot about town in or run parts to various workshops in. Or to do the occasional car-boot sale or go on camping trips. In all that time the reality is I camped with it twice and did one car-boot sale. Yes, I’ve hauled a number of spares around the country, but the fact is that in the past five years I’ve barely been anywhere near the centre of London in the Ford.
Or any other car for that matter. The streets of the capital have become such hard work, what with congestion charges, coin-less parking meters, exorbitant public car parks, increased amounts of traffic and gangs of marauding homicidal/suicidal cyclists. Plus, having a set of keys in your pocket is hardly conducive to enjoying the liquid delights the city has to offer. Consequently I don’t drive the sort of mileage that requires an ‘everyday’ car anymore.
When I gathered up all of the paperwork on the car, I realised the new owner could never come close to spending the sort of money on the Anglia that I did, but hopefully he’ll have as much fun. He already has a saloon and a van, so it’s gone to a good home. Toddles, as it was christened by its previous keeper, always wanted more attention than I was prepared to give it and whenever in the garage, I always found myself having to do something on the Ford before looking at anything else. Although it would behave itself most of the time, now and again it would throw up a real curve ball, including our last journey together when it suddenly stalled at a roundabout on the South Circular and refused to restart. I put it down to fuel vaporisation and after a 10 minute time-out, the 1500cc motor fired into life.
Thankfully the happy memories associated with the little hot rod far outweigh the frustrations. None more memorable than on an MSA Classic Run when I found myself at Castle Combe with three DRIVE-MY staff as passengers. A couple of spirited laps later, including hustling and passing far racier cars, the giggles of four kids were emanating from the Anglia. Happy times...
as bought nearly 20 years ago.
A grand day out with ex-Alan Mann Escort.
At Shakespeare County Raceway in 2002. Not shown: #Drive-My
team breaking into the #Anglia
after Balme locked his keys in the boot.