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So what happened to the British car industry???
September 5, 2015

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So what happened to the British car industry???

September 5, 2015

Were to start growing up in the 50's there was few cars on the roads,a lot were pre war old Austins,Fords and Morris with a few Hilman Jowet Rover about. I think cars as a main family form of transportation was late 50's early 60's with the advent of the Mini,Imp and Morris 1000 oops forgot the Ford Anglia ,the one I liked was an Austin California,soft top ,multi coloured,and then there was one named Riley having my family name was another favourite,but scarce on the roads.Yes you say great named companies,some fabulous looking cars,leather wood ,real Crome ,running boards ,sticky out indicators, so what happened? Jumping forewords to the 21st century ,cars now are all clones ,being a car nut from early age you have to really look now to see who made a car,they don't have character of the the old bone shakers,yes they are very reliable made by robots,and if you Google them the vast majority made abroad,why.???My son was on holiday in France and noted that the vast majority of cars are made in France,and him living in Germany has a BMW and a VW ,and his wife's family have Audie and Mercedes .....so the continental drivers are loyal to their countries cars, why are the British driving a Jap /Korean or French,German model ???? So having a real duff Ford Cortina that broke down at every time it rained ,lousy electrics,gave me the excuses to buy foreign cars plus the price of the decent British motors LandRover/Jaguars are out of my range.When you consider that Nisan/Honda/Toyota and TATA all build cars in the UK,not to mention the elite RR/Bentley/Aston Martin so the British worker must be doing something right.........so let's have answers to "why the British owned car industry is no more "?????

September 8, 2015

Joined: May 9, 2014
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So what happened to the British car industry???

September 8, 2015

Hi Bob, I have a British Racing Green MG Rover with just 70K mileage and I am pleased to say that this is from a long list of "Rover" owned vehicles.   Albeit the engine is BMW (and probably a considerable amount of the parts), it continues to serve me well and I fly the flag for UK. You certainly keep the website active together with Tom, John, Dave and a few other stalwarts.   Keep your posts coming. Ken

September 8, 2015

Joined: May 8, 2014
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So what happened to the British car industry???

September 8, 2015

Ken my Rover 800 sits proudly on my drive,gas converted T reg with 90k but over here €700 to road tax and no lpg stations anymore...so driving a Hyundai i20 diesel,65mpg and only €200 a year tax ,maybe if my pension was a bit larger I could get the Rover running again but economics has raised its ugly head.On another level Ken are you in Chester in November if so see you old friend .

September 9, 2015

Joined: May 9, 2014
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So what happened to the British car industry???

September 9, 2015

Hi Bob, I am fortunate that diesel has dropped in price and I do very little mileage, taxation is not too bad either so quite economical.   My other car (driven by the long haired general) is a Hyundai ix20 and likewise very economical. My quarterly visits to Stamford in Lincolnshire and the occasional visits to Cosham down south are perhaps my longest journeys these days and the Rover stays in the garage.   However, I did use it  for my annual pilgrimage to london (Irish Regiments Parade) and to Belgium (Ypres). If I can encourage "madam" to attend; I will try to make Chester in November.   It would be good to meet up after all these years. Keep well. Ken

September 9, 2015

Joined: May 8, 2014
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So what happened to the British car industry???

September 9, 2015

Yes we need the Hyundai economy as our nearest town (tesco/Aldi) is 14 ks away ,so is the library oh and the petrol station you get my drift  but rural life is ok ...take care see you November.....Bob  


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