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Your First Squaddie car

#1
Nowadays as soon as they pass out, first stop is to a proper dealer and buy a 2002 Vauxhaul Corsa. Normally in black to give the impression that the driver is wrestling with more than just a Singer Sewing machine under the hood. But at least they are reliable......

Back in the good old days, after arriving in Germany in 1988, the first car I bought was an ex-Wermacht Kubelwagen for 600DM, purely as I wanted to feel like an extra from Where Eagles Dare. It was held together with Blu-Tac and bird pooh!

Naturally, my folly was exposed when it caught fire on the side of the road in the Harz Mountains and other than my BFG license, I hadn't even thought of ADAC.

Only then I discovered that Sgt 'Bob' Martin, the Regimental Chippy, had a veritable showroom of clapped out classics which he was ready to sell me, including a Citroen Dyane in powder blue, with only brakes on the front as I found to my horror whilst pelting down route 2.

The situation did not improve back in Blighty where a garage in Amesbury would cheerfully sell you a 1982 Cortina on the understanding that if after a weekend away and you managed to bring it back in one piece you could swap it + tens of ££'s for yet another relic of Britains motoring heriatge.

I'm sure that everyone out there bought a lemon that was held together by two woodworm shaking hands, but at the time it was freedom at the weekends away from garrison towns.
 
#2
Mk 1 Opel Manta from one of the LAD bods.Then havin shoutin match with a traffic warden back in the UK for having "false plates"...the t@wt.
 

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#4
A 1979 Hillman (Chrysler) Avenger
My old fella bought it off a mate who had won some cash on t'pools in '86
We then spent time in scrap yards and stuff doing it up
I passed my test and was the only kid with a car a 1600 to boot so it had a bit of welly for the day

Nobody had flash cars the best cars on camp at the time was my mates Mk 2 RS2000 (pointy nose) Escort and some Sgt bought a Seirra Cosworth 4 x 4
Until some Kuwaity Cadet turned up with a Ferrari and stopped the show everytime he drove it
 
#10
1984 opel kadett c coupe with a squirt of primer down the sides didnt know much about cars ,i soon learnt with this one , i tinckered with it for ages, cost me 500dm and then it passed its bfg, so got it insured ,and went out in it every night just driving around ,until i stuffed it into the back of a golf, showing of :oops:
 
#12
Boys service 1975 my step-dad and me bought a Hillman Imp.Cost us about £60.Had it for about 2 years .Sold it for a profit , a bit surprised at that.

First car in Germany was a VW Beetle had that for 9 months.Broke down outside Newcastle on the way home.
 
#13
Nissan Micra from some REME bloke in Detmold, which I then subsequently bogged down in the woods around Hermans Denkmal and had to be towed out by the LAD bods at a cost of thousands of bottles of beer and a few extras from the badge.
 
#18
Datsun 280c in Gold. Nicknamed "the tank" after someone illegally parked and forced me to rip the front wing off their car with it to get back for first parade, my car had some light scratchs. Had to scrap it as parts could not be had.
 
#19
One of these bad boys - Austin 1300 Countryman, except mine had double doors at the back. Cost me £95 from a bloke who traded off a scrap of land by the roundabout in Catterick. Awesome car. Could fit loads of blokes in for a trip to the Bay Horse in Tunstall!



Oh, and Santa Sunday ... I have always dreamed of owning a Triumph Dolomite Sprint. Don't ruin my fantasy.

Likewise a Triumph Herald Vitesse.
 

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