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"Here in my car", said 80s pop hero Gary Numan, "I feel safest of all". He obviously never shared the same stretch of road as me, then. Automotive tales of mirth and woe, please.

(, Thu 22 Apr 2010, 12:34)
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Wait... wait... wait... *BANG*
My first ride was my Dad's old Lada Niva. It was awesome, and was one of only two 'cars I've had' that I'd buy again*. I took it to Hatfield, where I was busily studenting. End of term, time comes to drive home, so I packed it full of my stuff and off I went. Now, with an 0-60 time of 22 seconds, it wasn't any kind of roadburning ubermachine, so a certain amount of patience was needed at busy junctions. There I was, by the college, on the A1M roundabout, waiting for a gap in the traffic, when *BANG*. 'Bother', quoth I, and tried to remember if I had the right amount of insurance (I did).

I got out to find that a young lady had wrecked a Ford Fiesta on the back bumper. Being as the Niva is an off-roader, the bumpers were made out of fairly hefty stuff, unlike a Fiesta. She'd smashed the radiator, the grille, both headlights, and a load of other stuff. Er. She also didn't have insurance, as it was her husband's car... Oops. My fog light was a bit bent, and that was all the damage I had, so I told her to leave it and drove off. In hindsight this was all wrong, but I had no idea what to do in an accident, so I had to leave it.

* The other - my mint, brand new Alfa Romeo 145 Cloverleaf!
(, Sun 25 Apr 2010, 9:28, 2 replies)
Lada Niva?
(, Sun 25 Apr 2010, 11:14, closed)

The same thing happened in Luton to my Dad's Lada when I was a kid. A pissed bloke went into the back of us when we were staionary waiting to join a roundabout. His car (can't remember what make) was shortened by a foot and the bonnet almost folded in half. My dads car had a 4 inch scuff on the paintwork.
(, Sun 25 Apr 2010, 14:27, closed)

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