During my early career as an engineering undergrad I was
sponsored through my training and degree by British Rail. Not only has this
given me an excellent grounding for the rest of my career, it also led me to
meeting people who have become some of my best friends.
I often remember chatting to one of these friends in our
first year on the railway about my desire to restore an MGB, and I recall
him babbling on about wanting a some kind of kit car. I didn't take that
much notice because I didn't have a clue what he was talking about.
Then in 1991 the year I graduated he beat me to it. "He"
being Giles Turner. On a day in early August he invited me to his Mum &
Dad's house for lunch and proudly presented his new purchase. This kit car
thing! Only I discovered it was not really a thing it was in fact a Caterham
7. From that day I was hooked and the MG fell to a poor 2nd!
My opportunity came when BR re-located me. They gave me a
good relocation package to help me move and buy a house - so I bought my
Caterham with it! One slight problem with the plan was that following my
order in Feb 1994 the car was due for delivery in late April - but I had
ommitted to complete the purchase of a house so I had no where to put it.
Fortnatley, my then girlfriend (now wife!) was still at uni at Warwick and
some of our friends had a student house in Coventry with an empty garage.
The build started there and was completed by September but with a move to my
new house in June as a rolling chassis.
Jabba, as it has become known due to having "HUT" as part
of the reg, was registered in October 1994 and has been with me ever since.
I don't think I have changed it at all so far, with the exception of a
lovely new Raceco exhaust can this
month to replace the origonal which had a huge crack in it. However that is
due to change just as soon as I have finished the MG! See
upgrades for the plans.