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Schoolboy Dream.

By Tooma
When I was at school in my teens, the Triumph Spitfire was the one I wanted to be driving; that was the car I could see myself in when I was old enough. Seventeen was a long way off when I was 14, so I looked at them longingly every time I spotted one, and that put a smile on my face, just to see it drive by - British exotica. I knew nothing of Lambos or Ferraris at the time, and American cars looked amazing, but they were too big and too floppy; I had read that somewhere.

The red one is a 1978, and the yellow version is a 1971 model. Next to the '71 Spit is a Triumph Herald Vitesse rag-top; which had a 2L straight six, with twin SU carbs engine - if I remember right - , and it could leave the Spits, with their 1.5L engines in its dust. A deceptive wee sleeper in its day, and likely could be again with a just a few mods.

When I started work, the Triumph Stagg was the one which really stole my heart, and even now I probably would not say no to one, for the right deal, but could I give up my old Jaguar - ah, there's the rub, I'm a one car guy. My first two cars were Triumphs, but not a Spit, and not a Stagg. Maybe I don't keep my focus too well - squirrel!

Tags: Street Transport Lanarkshire 2017 Triumph Spitfire Hamilton Classic Car Show

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taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
16 May 2019 2:23AM
You see, the thing is--hauling kids to school, instruments to classes and schools, all sorts of stuff and so on--- I love these speedy little cars,

We have always chosen a station wagon--they have no morphed into suv types---no class at all

TWO great images!

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16 May 2019 2:25AM
nice car
16 May 2019 4:20AM
Lovely captures of these beautiful classics Tom , could just picture the pair of you whizzing around the highland roads in one of these !! The lead shot is a beauty , some interesting characters in the shop window by the way !
IanSmile
Rock Plus
17 10 2 England
16 May 2019 7:31AM
I had two !
My favour car .

Rock
bluesandtwos 9 390 1 England
16 May 2019 7:44AM
I had two too!!!Smile One after the other, both two tone, white and rust.Wink Wrote the first one off ( my fault, the perils of yooof!), the second succumbed to the rust rat.

You have just bought back such pleasant, almost certainly never to be lived again, memories of driving country lanes in cornwall, in the sunshine, with the tops off both the car and my hippy female companionGrin....happy days!!!! Thank you Sir, you have made my day!

Dave
16 May 2019 7:57AM
Like both Tom,
Fred.
16 May 2019 8:44AM
Wonderful blasts from the past, Tom and the days of the rust buckets!!
............ and when, if one owned a Spitfire, one could easily remove oneself from the driver's seat!!WinkWink

RichardSmile
16 May 2019 9:12AM
Both the Spitfires have 1998cc engines according to the DVLA website the Red one even has a GT6 bonnet.
Tooma Plus
3 1.6k 2 Scotland
16 May 2019 4:21PM

Quote:I had two !
My favour car .

Rock

Rock on, Rock - you lived the dream. Proper wee stylish sports cars designed and built for the pleasure of driving. Once I saw the GT6 - with the Vitesse engine - wow - the love went up a notch. Taking nothing away from your experience - which was so good you did it twice - just thought about the GT6. Smile
Tooma Plus
3 1.6k 2 Scotland
16 May 2019 4:23PM

Quote:I had two too!!!Smile One after the other, both two tone, white and rust.Wink Wrote the first one off ( my fault, the perils of yooof!), the second succumbed to the rust rat.

You have just bought back such pleasant, almost certainly never to be lived again, memories of driving country lanes in cornwall, in the sunshine, with the tops off both the car and my hippy female companionGrin....happy days!!!! Thank you Sir, you have made my day!

Dave

Wowza! - you too, Blue - and twice too - you much blessed lads. Glad to prompt wonderful memories for you and Rock. Ain't pictures grand. Smile Rock on Dood.
Tooma Plus
3 1.6k 2 Scotland
16 May 2019 4:25PM

Quote:Both the Spitfires have 1998cc engines according to the DVLA website the Red one even has a GT6 bonnet.
Aha - a wee bit o modding been going on - and so right too. Cheers, Paul. Smile
16 May 2019 9:50PM
May I stop drooling now! I used to love looking at these as a kid and thought they had to be wonderful because they were called 'Spitfire'. The nearest I ever got to anything like this was owning two Triumphs. The first was the 1500 - my first car, bought for 220, green with subtle highlights of rust. (The front end was basically powder held together with paint!) The second was a Triumph Dolomite 1850 (the poor man's Sprint) with overdrive - oh the sense of power and sophistication! A lovely car with comfy seats, a wooden dash, a sports steering wheel and a propensity to flick the back end out with the least provocation - rather like a Z list celeb with two left feet on 'Strictly...' ! Two beautifully evocative shots! SmileSmileSmile
mac Plus
17 1 Scotland
16 May 2019 11:42PM
Cars to drool over. My boyhood dream was a MG TA (well I am going back a few years) I did get the length of test drive on secondhand one but seem to remember the rust was bad. The one I did have fond memories of owning was my Sunbeam Rapier. Happy days!
Your images Tom have brought it all back, so thanks for that.
Ian
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
17 May 2019 4:34PM
The little boy's face is priceless !!
Isabel GrinGrin

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