“Van”, as we call her, is a 1990 Vauxhall Rascal “Mover” - the top of the range model, with rear wash/wipe, nudgebars, and foglamps as standard and always ‘Marble Beige’ (it’s not white!) with brown ‘go-faster’ (?) stripes. I bought her from a man in Portsmouth in January 1997 - he had inherited her but had no use for her.
I bought a well-used Daihatsu 850 microvan after passing my test in 1993, I thought it would be good for carrying me, a friend and our mountain bikes to exciting new places. She spent more time in the local garage than on the road, and so was replaced with a
Ford Fiesta. Getting two bicycles into that wasn’t easy, so when she had to be replaced, the guy at the local garage, who I had become to know well thanks to the Daihatsu, knew of a man with a good Rascal for sale. Remembering what fun the Daihatsu had been when it was running, I paid him a visit.
Her compact size and manoeuvrability make her ideal for driving round Oxford, with it’s crazy road junction systems where you have to change lane every few metres, avoiding traffic that is stuck between ill-sequenced traffic lights, and lost and confused tourists. Her size also allows you to park in spaces others have to pass by. Speed bumps are no fun at all though and should only be approached at a snails pace - you need a big, fast car for those.
She had just over 30,000 miles on the clock when I bought her, but has now travelled over 108,000. This includes regular trips to relatives in Portsmouth, Coventry, and Weston Super Mare. We have also been to Portmerion (bit of an adventure that), and have camped in her at the Towersey Village Festival (we are small people).