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Loving being an Alfa owner

It occurred to me today, as I merrily bowled along, that it was only a few weeks to my annual holiday in North Wales. It dawned on me how much I was looking forward to driving those wonderful roads, some familiar, others less so, in what has turned out to be my best Alfa yet. I loved my little brilliant blue 156 saloon, but the sportwagon has been belting in every respect - swallowing miles and rubbish for the tip with equal enthusiasm.

This past year, with the assistance of some of the good people here on AO, I've even had my hands dirty and when I presented the car to my local indy for it's MOT there was no question that I was a bit anxious. After a bit of work on the top arms it sailed through, validating, I suppose, my work on the front and back brakes. The car has driven like a sweetheart since I did them and the 'stat. Some of you know how ridiculously hard I made it for myself on all these jobs, but I really do thank you for all the help.

I mention all that because it just adds to the anticipation. This is my car. My car. The one I paid for and the one I fixed. I know more about what happens underneath, and so I respect it and appreciate what it can do.

There will be lots of lovely memories this summer. Pootling around Llandudno, whistling through the mountains - and I imagine I will be making the occasional excuse for a solo run to the paper shop a few miles away.....or perhaps a quick scoot along to Ogwen Cottage for a Bovril.

Happy days!

p.s. i have had 2 little stubbies 4.8%

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what gibbo said.

brasserie 10 for £3.05 from aldi?
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The feeling of driving your car, when you've fixed it, and it drives really well is just ****ing brilliant. It's something I've never tired of since I replaced the goosed track control arm bushes on my MKII Escort in about 1989.

There was a MKIII Cavalier back in the day that fought me on every job but mostly it's good.
 
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what gibbo said.

brasserie 10 for £3.05 from aldi?
yessum - not bad and I even extended to a further 3 bottles before retiring to my pit

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Your post made me smile, Steve.
Thanks.
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(but in a manly, alfisti, couple of pints down sort of way)
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Totally relating to this, guys.

I would add that this feeling of ownership is not shared with a Toyota. I did all this with the Toyota: driving to the beach, modifying, fixing... but all I loved was driving in general - not the car itself.

Now I look at her and sometimes pause, thinking: "I love you, you know?".
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Thanks everyone - beers tonight?
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I would add that this feeling of ownership is not shared with a Toyota. I did all this with the Toyota: driving to the beach, modifying, fixing... but all I loved was driving in general - not the car itself.
I feel I have to defend Toyota here! I get exactly the same enjoyment and sense of achievement when I fix and drive my 1987 MR2 mk1 Tbar and come to that any car I have owned where I have fixed things myself.
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fair comment Wid - specifically and generally

i guess the point is about how you engage (or otherwise) with the wheels of your choice

i like the mk1 mr2

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Mmmm MR2.. Some Toyotas are defiantly less.. "Toyota" than others!

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