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With its peeling paintwork and clunky suspension, Ella Wilkinson’s battered Mazda 3 was not a picture of health but she loved it all the more for that but had to resort to a hammer when she locked herself out!

Bernice Hartley’s first car was a 1933 Austin 7, called Chug, and it certainly did after she drove into some flood water and had to be hauled out by a tractor.

Richard Baxter recalls the pride he felt about owning his first car, a 2000 Ford Fiesta, and the sense of freedom that it gave him.

Ben Craske’s first car, a sun-bleached 1996 Toyota Corolla, wasn’t a looker but it took him the equivalent of 2.5 times around the world, only letting him down once.

John Wyatt’s 1955 Ford Popular never failed him, as he travelled between bases while in the Fleet Air Arm, and doubled up as a camp bed.

Owning a Vauxhall Viva proved educational for Bob Hobbs – engine problems while on holiday in France led to a lifelong study of speaking French.

MG fan Alistair Shaw has brought an MGB GT Jubilee, which celebrated the famous British sports car marque’s 50th anniversary, back to life just how it would have been when it rolled down the production line. Motoring editor Andy Russell says it was a labour of love.

After a summer travelling around in a Renault 4L camionnette, running market stalls in France, it transported Sylvie Wheatley to university where she experienced a scary moment with a sleepy ‘stowaway’.

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Bob Vousden had a hairy moment after tackling the hairpin bends on a mountain road when the brakes failed in his well loaded Morris 1000.

It was 12 years before Sharon Willmott was able to afford her first car, a £20 1948 Morris Minor, but she then kept ‘him’ for more than 20 years... with the help of her father.

Roger Norvill found life with his 1931 Austin 7 could be an uphill struggle but playing hide and seek after fellow Servicemen’s good-humoured antics were all part of the fun.

Graham Coe’s first car was a Ford Prefect 107E and he aimed to keep it as immaculate as the previous owner had done with plenty of polish and a plastic cover to protect it.

Duncan Bradford’s first car was a 1953 Ford Prefect 100E, his second – a Reliant Fox – was his first, and only, new car and he’still driving it.

John Telford and his identical twin shared a Ford Popular but sometimes it ended in double trouble as he recalls here.

Eileen Kittell has fond memories of fun and laughter travelling with friends in her 1933 Austin 7, including cooking for 200 boys on a summer camp while she was on half-pay as a school cook.

Ron French passed his driving test first time after just 10 lessons and says it might have helped that, being a keen cyclist, he had good road sense.

Ronald Wood’s first set of four wheels was a Ford Squire van, followed by a Mini Traveller. They put him on the road to a car-buying bug which sees him buying a different model almost every year.

John Pollak tells of his motoring pleasure, and scrapes, in Samantha, a 1948 Vauxhall Wyvern, and how she helped King Harold on a college rag week stunt.

After seven years of motorcycling and the excesses of fresh air, Keith Shaw thought a 1939 Standard Flying Nine open tourer would provide some compensation.

Trevor Lightening kept his 1958 Vauxhall Cresta PA running smoothly, albeit rather smokily, with the help of shots of Redex.

Patricia Abbott explains why her Fiat 127 hatchback, a temperamental starter on cool mornings, had so many dents on the roof over the driver’s door.

Peter Elphick’s first car, a 1934 Austin 7 Ruby, was 25 years old when he bought it but his first new car was a Morris Traveller.

The end of the road for Charles Drake’s 1947 Standard 10 Tourer was something of a moving experience on a foggy, frosty morning.

Rover, once a driving force of motoring, came to the end of the road in 2005 after a century of production. But a dedicated group of motoring enthusiasts is not only keeping the famous name alive but looking to grow Norfolk and Norwich Rover Owners’ Club across East Anglia. Motoring editor Andy Russell finds out more about the romance of Rover.

More than 60 cars later, David Woodhouse’s favourite is still his first – a 1949 Triumph Dolomite Roadster.

Perry Parsons had a lot of fun in his 1954 two-seater Morgan Plus 4 sports car which, unfortunately came to an untimely end when hit by a bus.

Michael Redgrave shared many exciting and hairy moments with Paula – his 1929 Morris Cowley.

Alan Payne’s 19-year-old Morris 8 would not go up steep hills forwards so he had to go up them backwards.

Repainting Romany Poppitt-Price’s first car, a Hillman Hunter, went with military precision and the help of a tin of Dulux!

Russell Whipps worked for a Ford dealer when he bought his Anglia which made it handy when it needed repairs.

Motor trade apprentice John Smith faced a serious challenge to bring his first car, a Ford Taunus 12M, up to his standards. But, unfortunately, his labour of love did not last long.

Geoffrey Green is reliving his early ‘scooter boy’ days having bought another Lambretta and lovingly restored it in retirement.

Richard Clarke bought an ex-Army wartime Austin 8 AP tourer staff car as his first car but it certainly didn’t run with military motoring precision.

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