Sunday, December 12 2010 @ 04:22 PM EST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Carol and I have been involved in car hobby since I happened to knock on her door some years ago to ask about an old Ford truck parked out by the garage. At the time I owned an old Jeep and a Porsche that I had purchased new a few years before. While I was unable to make a deal on the old Model A Truck, I made a better deal by marrying Carol. With her support many other collector car deals following bringing us up to the early fall of last year when I made arrangements to sell another old Ford on eBay.
After a chap in California made the winning bid on the Ford, his wife decided to kill the deal by draining the family savings account of 'all' moneys. As it happened, another chap was interested in this old Ford and after the dust settled we made a deal with a bit better pay out and this Model A headed off to Minnesota.
With cash in hand, I was soon off to Fall Hershey to check out the Car Corral only to find that a restored MG would cost more than the money now in hand and there would be no warranty.
Hmmm, with CD's paying so little, what about replacing one old fun car with a new fun car, a new fun car with a warranty. What about a Miata, a car I'd test driven a few years before so off I went to the local MX-5 store after reaching out to see what cars were out there. Young's had a nice Blue Grand Touring, but a bit far from my Berks County home and I'd delt with them some years before after buying a new VW Sirocco - nice people, but a bit too far.
Another hobby is aviation photography and flying out of Queen City, Scott's is just down the street and this where I met Touni Murra, a true car guy and after capturing all the details, he reached out to New England for my first choice of a Copper Red Grand Touring with tan top and satilite radio system and I still had some money left over in pocket after the earlier Ford deal.
To truly appreciate THE FIVE, one has to have driven other sports cars and this one has it all over my 914 plus others - what a neat fun car. Having flagged at SCCA Races some years back plus held membership in various sports car clubs, I mailed off my dues to LVMOC. Winter pretty much held our FIVE in the car barn over winter and in late March Carol flew off to England for some gal shopping for collectables with Anne from South Yorkshire, a good friend we first met with her husband Steve when we joined them and others for a three day car tour in and about the Yorkshire Dales. We've since exchanged any number of visits with them and other folks living in the UK, all a result of links made around the world via the internet with other car hobby folk.