Thought you might be interested in how many “toys” a boy can own. These are my family of cars over the years.
And I have included some of the trucks I have driven.
However the first acknowledgement is to the London bus in Bexleyheath….(Did he really drive a London bus at 14?..) No. but I did drive my Uncle up to London in his Wolesley to his clubs when we shut the roadside cafe at night but let me tell you… this is where I first learnt to drive.I used to sit in the front seat upstairs and mimic what the driver was doing in his cab. Put into 1st gear , Clutch out accelerate, move off. clutch in 2nd gear and so on. Bus stop, brake gently and so on. I really believe this gave me a great grounding to driving. But When I came to Australia I got a job with the Metropolitan Transport Trust driving buses. There is a short story to this>I went to the head office in the city and said I was looking for a job on the buses. The manager there said to a driver “hey Fred or whatever,take this guy for a test drive, so he did and reported back “yes boss he is OK. so I was given a uniform and told to “start next week” They never asked how old I was or to have a look at my license so I was probably the youngest driver ever to drive buses in Hobart. it was a good job but after a couple of years I quit and headed off to the mainland to drive Bigger and Heavier vehicles. have a look below
ERF with a six cylinder Cummins engine and 13 speed roadranger gearbox
The Scammell heritage began in the Victorian era, when the wheelwright, George Scammell of Fashion Street, Spitalfields, in the East End of London, developed his business. Later named G Scammell and Nephew, they were involved in the building and repair of craftsman-built carts and vans. In the early 1900s a substantial business had been built up selling and maintaining Foden Steam Wagons and small trucks. They had an aluminum gate on the gearbox which used to shake and vibrate against the gear stick making the hell of a noise
KenWorth..Dubbo – Melb in 12 hours full of cattle or empty. A great truck to drive.
(Now for our cars, I think I can remember them all).
Maybe you can “Show & Tell” us about cars you have owned.
Way back in 1963, when I jumped ship in Australia I bought my first car. A Triumph Mayflower AKA a Triumph “Butterbox”.
Then shortly thereafter I “progressed” to a Ford Zephyr, about a 1950 model. The salesman told me “not to buy it” . I did… He was right !!!!!!
From there I have had, to the best of my memory:
A Ford 500 One with the “torpedo tubes” on the rear sides.
A Ford Single Spinner Ute
A 1959 EJ Holden Van.
An Austin Healy (Bug eyed) Sprite.
A Commer “Knocker”.
A “Mr Whippy” van . Caught fire on the streets much to the amusement of the kids !!
A 1959 EJ Holden Wagon.
A 1960 HD Holden station wagon.
A 1960 Mercedes (Former Diplomatic car from Singapore.)
A Toyota Land Cruiser bought new in about 1976,
for a 1 year trip around Australia with a 32 foot caravan we had especially built for the purpose.
A 1960 Toyota Corolla bought to take as a “scout car’ on the trip (Died & buried in the Snowy Mountains).
A V6 Mark 11 Jaguar (Mine).
A V12 Jaguar. (Jewel’s).
A LWB Landrover.
A Toyota Corona Wagon.
A Toyota Lexcen station wagon.
A 1988 Toyota Camry station wagon.
A 2002 Toyota Altise
A 1981 Mercedes 320SE bought as a Valentines day present for Jewel.. Made the TV and newspaper !!!!got me into “trouble” FROM Friends who only gave wives a box of chocolates
a 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Bought for Jewel on her 80th
A very useful vehicle.
I don’t know how I ever managed without one !!!
Mitsubishi Triton Ute.
And the latest addition to the list for Jewel’s birthday August 2016
she is the slickest granny on the road. 🙂
2008 Toyota Aurion Sportivo. Absolute “magic” !!!
Our latest addition. Kia Rio bought for $100. Needed a clean and a bit of bumper touch up.
Bought this at Auction.. Cheap.. Mechanic had it for 18 months.. Cost me “an arm and a leg” sold it for a loss. Moral is don’t buy from auctions. (Although the gold Kia above was a good auction buy)