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Old 03 February 2014, 17:58   #31
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Yeah, vaguely. I didn't go into there often.
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Old 03 February 2014, 18:01   #32
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Had a few 'warm' hatches in my time. Escort XR3, MG Metro Turbo, Rover Metro Gti, Octavia L&K, Fiesta Zetec S, Ibiza FR and currently have a new Leon FR Coupé but if there's one car (not a hatch) from my past that I wish I'd never parted with it's the 1965 Buick Riviera 425ci Super Wildcat. The 7mpg would be a killer these days but the smiles per gallon ratio would more than compensate for it.
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Old 03 February 2014, 18:02   #33
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My only proper hot hatch was a Citroen BX GTI 16V in Red. Used to fly, but sold it after having hydraulic problems. The French electrics was also shocking with sensor lights flashing randomly on the dash.

Not sure if the next car falls in to the category of Hot Hatch but I did own a VW Scirocco MK1 it wasn't the GTI but a 1500 GL. It was the best handling car I've ever owned and just like the one below.....sexy!!
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Old 03 February 2014, 18:04   #34
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Yeah, vaguely. I didn't go into there often.
In 1989 Williams changed over to Renault engines.
I remember prepping a couple of Alpine GTA Le Mans for the launch party.
I think one was going to Massell. Ironically that was the year he signed for Ferrari....

I drove both of those GTA's
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Old 03 February 2014, 18:12   #35
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Erm... Does the ex CID manual V8 SD1 I had at age 18 count...? It was a hatch after all.

Had an XR3 briefly, but it was a parts bin special that lasted about a week.
Nothing was a patch on either the SD1
I had one of them at 18, was driving a Hillman Avenger 1.3 estate for 8months, took my driving test and 1 month later bought a white SD1 3.5 manual, PDD170R, my friends were driving Escort 1.1s, minis etc.

I also had 4 Fiat Uno turbo's over the years, last one I slightly modded and there wasn't a RS turbo or Renault 5 turbo in Plymouth that could catch it.
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I had an XR2i before moving on to an Escort RS Turbo. I drove that from Surrey to north of Inverness early hours one Xmas eve in 6.5 hours, which included getting stopped for speeding on the M74 at 105mph
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Fiesta supersportFiesta XR2


But the winner by a country mile was the Escort Mexico....phew!
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Fiesta supersportFiesta XR2


But the winner by a country mile was the Escort Mexico....phew!
Another Supersport! With only about 1000 built it's a small world.
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Alfasud 1.5.

Best over run exhaust note imaginable....and a bit of a tart-trap to boot.

Life was so simple back then. Friday = pay day. Fill car with enough go juice for the following week, head to the pub, kop off, drive home, lie-in, get up, repeat.

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