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    Mark HeenanMark Heenan
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      Hello all, been watching Eric’s videos for a few months now so it was about time I joined the forum… Rather than introduce myself, I’ll give you a Top Gear-style car history…

      My first car was a Peugeot 309 with a 1.1 litre engine. It wasn’t much to look at, had no power but it handled SO well, so predictable and with great feel. It’s still probably the second best handling car I’ve driven and it started first time literally every time. Very much a ‘Reliable P.O.S.’! I learned to drive (and how to scare my Dad with lift off oversteer) in it, and the day after I passed my test I drove 150 miles solo down to Silverstone to watch the 2001 British Grand Prix. A month later I crashed it into a hedge, but it survived and I had it for three more very happy years before a hub bearing failed and I decided to part with it.

      My next car, a 2001 1.0 VW Polo, was a really well built car, everything on it had such a solid, clever feel. I did have a gearbox go but I think the previous owner was probably the culprit as the old ‘box had always felt a bit strange, and other than that it did need a new alternator. It again wasn’t very fast but it tried hard. I drove it round Le Mans and the Donington GP circuit, and did about 50,000 miles in it before a black Audi (what else) drove into the side of it at about 40mph. You really get fond of a car when its strength means you get to walk away from a pretty nasty accident…

      Right now I’ve got a 2007 VW Polo 1.2 12V which is the prettiest and most powerful but probably the least interesting of the three, and it’s not quite as well built as my previous Polo. Still, it gets me around.

      Other than that, my Dad drives a Jaguar XF and lets me drive it occasionally. It’s a great car in every respect except that I personally prefer the feeling of my Polo’s steering. He used to have an S-type that I also drove. Mum’s got a horrid Peugeot 307 which she drives very badly indeed – she’s lost some hearing so she can’t hear when to change gear and just revs the nuts off the thing all day long. I drove it to and from France once and just hated it in every way possible.

      The best car I’ve ever driven was a Caterham 7 Supersport than an ex-girlfriend hired for a day for my birthday, such a crazy little car and it takes off like a flea! The best car I’ve ever sat in is a red Series 1 Jaguar E-type roadster which belongs to a mechanic friend of mine. Perfect condition. Beautiful! Sadly the way the seats and steering wheel are I don’t think I could ever drive it comfortably as I’m a little too tall…

      Other than that I’m just some guy who maintains his own car. My main hobby is playing cricket in Summer, and in case there are Americans reading this who don’t know what cricket is, it’s a lot like baseball except that it’s completely different in virtually every important respect…

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      college mancollege man
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        Welcome mate. 🙂

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