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A History of my Vehicle Fleet :)

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Posted 25th March 2008 at 19:27 by MikeCracknell

Woohoo a Blog of mine at last! Not had one of these before lol!

Anyway, gonna put up some stuff about the various vehicles I have owned over the years!

I passed my test on 11th November 2000, but even before I had my car licence, I had my motorcycle licence, and I owned two scooters and enjoyed life to the max on them!

My first scooter I owned was a Gilera Runner 125FX - two stroke engine, very nippy. I bought it in March 1999, and I got it March 1st 1999 - the first time ever that the number plates changed to twice a year, and yes, I got some very confused looks! This was the scooter that I did 55,000 miles on in the 2 1/2 years I owned it (I KNOW I have a chavvy load of clothes on!!!!)

I passed my full bike test in July 1999, which meant I could ride an automatic motorcycle that was more powerful than 125cc, but I didn't upgrade the bike until May 2001 - I had the two until about September 2001 when I sold the red one to a friend. My second scooter was a Gilera Runner 180SP - 180cc scooter, faster to 60MPH THAN A VTS. It started off life being completely silver, but I soon changed the paint scheme to make it totally unique and stand out! I travelled all over the country, and Europe on that scooter! I owned that until May 2006, when I sold it as I have got too much into having a car! I really enjoyed owning the scooters, but believe it or not, because they had to be serviced every 3000 miles, with the mileage I was doing and the cheapest service being £100, it was cheaper to run the car!

On the pavement in Barcelona

Before the paint job: Outside a cafe in Invermoriston nr ish Inverness

In the Olympic Village in Barcelona


I started to learn to drive when I was 180 - I wasn't really interested in cars at all back then, as I had the scooter, but when I passed my test in November 2000, I had to go out and buy a Peugeot 205 - it was only a 1.1, it had no modifications and cost me a whopping £1300 to insure TPF&T. I owned it a month before realising that it was ridiculous trying to keep paying for it as a student on part time wages! This was the car:

I got a full time job in June 2001, and I always liked the look of the Peugeot 106. In September 2001, I bought a brand new (big mistake money wise) 1,1 Peugeot 106 Independence. The insurance as a 19 year old was a mere £1500 on that car. I did 75k miles in the 106, I sold it in February 2004 to a friend. Here it is in the Highlands of Scotland:

While I owned the 106, I wanted to have a car to have some fun in, and I bought this 1 litre 205 that was chav style, I sold it after 1 month as it was a waste of money!:

In December 2003, I bought a brand new (big money mistake!) Fiat Punto Active Sport 1.2 Litre. It even had Air-Con! Was a very tacky car to say the least, but it did me very well, and I was very proud of it! It has been all over Europe and Britain. The first years insurance was free with the car, the second year cost me about £800. 45k miles later I sold it on.

During the ownership of this car, I bought a 205 GTI to "play around" with, but again, it was a waste of money, but a lot of fun!

August 2005, I bought a Saxo VTS, totally standard, was another "project". I had no intention of using it as my main car, or even selling the Punto in favour of the VTS, but time took its course, the Punto was sold, and the VTS was modified.

While I owned the saxo, another car caught my eye, it always had done, but as I had only just got into "hot hatches", I hadn't really thought about which one I had really wanted. Anyway, I bought the Zetec S - and owned it alongside the VTS. I hated it to start off with, but then I started to really like it. Due to money, I had to sell one of the cars, and I chose to sell the Zetec S. Here are some pics of my 1st Zetec S:

The Zetec S went in May 2007, and within a week, I had realised that perhaps I hadn't sold the correct car. The VTS really was a nice car, and I had many a good moment in it! It had been into Europe and round this country, but there was something about the Zetec S that I really did miss, so I gave up the VTS in January with 107,000 miles on the clock and bought another Zetec S, and I have never looked back at it!

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    barrett's Avatar
    interesting read crackers.

    cant imagine how the fook you did 55k miles in 2 1/2 years on a scooter, where the hell did you go on the thing to clock up that many miles!
    Posted 25th March 2008 at 21:44 by barrett barrett is offline
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    MikeCracknell's Avatar
    I have no idea how I managed to do it either lol! I have done 4k miles in 2 months in the Zetec S and haven't been anywhere loL!!!
    Posted 25th March 2008 at 22:44 by MikeCracknell MikeCracknell is offline
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    shooorn94's Avatar
    I knew you did some immense mileage but that's insane... especially on the scooters.

    Good read Cracknell
    Posted 25th March 2008 at 23:00 by shooorn94 shooorn94 is offline
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    adamsax's Avatar
    I never knew about the 205's Mike!
    Posted 26th March 2008 at 00:57 by adamsax adamsax is offline
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    Adam_Q's Avatar
    110k now on suki
    Posted 26th March 2008 at 21:02 by Adam_Q Adam_Q is offline
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    MikeCracknell's Avatar
    110k?!?!?!?! My old 106 1,1 is now on 150K, and it's a year younger!
    Posted 1st April 2008 at 19:01 by MikeCracknell MikeCracknell is offline
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    Adam_Q's Avatar
    Mike you drive way too much.... maybe get yourself a tdi or something lol!
    Posted 1st April 2008 at 19:28 by Adam_Q Adam_Q is offline
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    MikeCracknell's Avatar
    No chace of getting a diesel now....they are false economy (the larger diesels are anyway!)
    Posted 3rd April 2008 at 18:20 by MikeCracknell MikeCracknell is offline
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    seriously how do you actually drive that far? i wouldnt even be able to think of where to go lol

    nice history
    Posted 6th April 2008 at 11:08 by davew davew is offline
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    MikeCracknell's Avatar
    A lot of mileage in the last 3 years is down to good old Sax-p meets - well over 12k infact lol!

    Other than that, I have no idea, but when you realise that a week in Scotland is 3k miles, it is easy to see where the miles go lol!
    Posted 7th April 2008 at 20:42 by MikeCracknell MikeCracknell is offline

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