Reason you purchased your Caterham

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Reason you purchased your Caterham

I've been reflecting today about the reason behind purchasing or justifying purchasing my Caterham.  I had two reasons, the first being an absolutely horrendous work load causing me huge amounts of stress.  I needed a peaceful break away from any communication and to feel like I was working for something. 
Secondly, I was always planning on buying one with redundancy that never progressed.  To be able to purchase an even better model, off my own back, was a real achievement. 

Now that I have shared my reasons, I would be interested to see those of others. Owning a car like this is a real achievement, having a pure toy and being able to actually drive it to it's potential should be something to be proud of. 

Joe

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I wanted a Sylva Strika. After a divorce and rapid promotion at work post divorce (coincidence??) I thought why not have the best!

A major influence was watching caterham racing on Sky Sports circa 1996/97 (another post split treat). The racing looked so exciting and eventful compared to any other motorsport on TV!

 

Ian

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To maintain my links with my home town. Also as a way to unwind after my then work was getting very silly with new owners. Decided we had to buy while we were still young enough to be able to get in and out and drive the car !
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After my BMW Z4M I wanted a lighter more nimble car that was new or near new, track-happy, RWD, manual, good acceleration and engaging. One by one all competition was eliminated due to not meeting one or more of my criteria until I realised I could actually obtain a Caterham in Canada that was road legal (quite difficult due to the regulations and import restrictions). Then it was just a case of finding the right one.

James

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Great post Joe one of the best I've seen hope it gets a lot of replies ,,,,,,my reason ,,always liked cars ,,,saw one on the prisoner ,,was hooked ,went for test drive on  caterham on the hill ,,,taken out by Graham. Nearn  ,,that was poss around 53 years ago ,,,,,remember it well ,,,,,my mother took me in my pram ,,,,after the test drive I was hooked ,,,could afford to buy then ,,but not insure ,,, then ,work ,wife ,kids ,came ,,,,got to 40 years old ordered kit ,, bloke just outside Glasgow built it for me ,,( long story ) , now in my  forth ,, said I will be buried in it ,,,the two sons said you can piss of its ours ,

I worked for myself from 21 years old ,, so to get rid of agro ,,,I bought a.360 cc  Huskvana  trial bike ,( used to run it on Castro's R if anyone remembers it  smelt bloody great ).    ,,used to go out aft work ,to price jobs and call outs ,, worked a treat ,,

  hope this post gets a lot of replies ,,,poss a lot similar to mine ,,,but not put out as much crap ,,,,sorry it's just me 

derek

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I was into cars before I was into girls so there was always going to be something. I started saving a little every month with my first 'proper' job and the first Sports Car Fund went on a house deposit. The second a new kitchen. The third was going to be spent on a car before it could be reallocated!

i wanted a TVR T350C but TVR had gone bust and I couldn't (can't) afford to run one. It was the Wife who suggested if I was to get a silly car why not get a very silly one so I booked a test drive. And then bought the first one I saw. (After a lot of internet stalking)

It's still a hoot to drive, way more competent a car than I am a driver and the club throws up a lot of interest. I've been lucky enough to meet some great people and drive some even better roads as a result.

 

(About that car cover OP?....)

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I remember reading the AA's "Drive" magazine in 1968 (or 9) and that set me off.

Stephen

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1) i wanted to feel like Toad of Toad Hall

2) Having sold a 993 to start my business i needed something quick but affordable after year1

3) It allowed me to learn whilst upgrading

4) My wife says it makes her bits tingle under acceleration

5) After taking my wife to a BBQ with aeros on her 'goggle marks' that remained for 2 hours are a priceless marriage memory

6) I wanted a mix of old school motoring with modern acceleration that could keep up with Porkers and Fezzas which necessitated 3

7) I wanted to experience French roads with 6 in mind

8) I was driven round combe by a pro driver in a friends Lotus 7 which had a BRM engine (he didn't terrify me although other owners have because i realised they didn't have a clue) and also drove various sevens in the late 90's round Combe where my then employer used to have trackdays.

9) Oh you know, that 'je ne sais quoi'

10) It annoys those  who need to be annoyed without having to put too much effort in

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Always wanted one and had just rebuilt a Land Rover Series 3 88 so needed something new to look at (sublime to the ridiculous eh?!) plus wanted to try and get my youngest daughter into something to have some fun with (was a bit intense as a youngster bless her)...it worked and she loves it, one day it will be hers !!

As with the Landie I wanted something I could work on and not have to plug a computer in and remove tons of plastic shrouds to get to the engine....lack of electronic gizmos a bonus too !

This was my Landie..

 

 

 

 

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Some great content, keep the stories coming. TMR I've pm'd you re the cover! 

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It's surprising how many seven owners like land rovers of any description,,,bloody lot of fruit cakes we are ,

derek