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 Post subject: Nick's car?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:20 pm 

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I've noticed people talk about Nick and driving pretty often but i've never heard anything about what kind of car he had. Does anyone know? I couldn't really imagine Nick ever owning anything like a Ford pickup at least...


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:11 pm 

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I read he drove a Ford Cortina in the Sahara Desert...


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:09 pm 
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Nossuri wrote:
I read he drove a Ford Cortina in the Sahara Desert...

In the book "white bicycles" (can't remember who wrote it) they all travelled down the old hippy route in a Ford Escort.
At home, Nick used to drive around in Molly's Morris Minor frequently running out of petrol as he never used to put any in himself. :D


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Strange as it may seem, we've had this debate before!

Various answers here http://www.nickdrake.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=4494&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

I reckon a blue Ford Cortina is the best bet!

Maybe a bit like this (but blue)

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wayne wrote:

I reckon a blue Ford Cortina is the best bet!

Maybe a bit like this (but blue)


Think Nick could drive a car in any of the following colours:

Black Dog Black
Pink Pink Pink Pink

or

Way Too Blue

Yes, OK, I'll get back to work now :)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 7:30 pm 

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Way Too Blue is my favorite!
I'm not too surprised by the Ford Cortina, though I am for the Morris Minor a bit.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:52 pm 

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In Frozen Light Colin Betts says Nick and friends drove a dark-blue Mark One Ford Cortina to Aix.


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The Humphries book mentions him driving a Vauxhall Viva !

And there has also been mention of him driving his Mum's Morris Minor ........

But also a Cortina was mentioned re the overseas driving.


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I haven't tried to see if it is accessible online but in the June 2009 edition of Mojo magazine on page 68 there is a photo of Nick and Gabrielle standing by an automobile whose make I am unable to identify and I'm wondering if someone in the UK can help me out. Going by the ages of Nick and Gabrielle in the photo I would say it was taken around 1954 but search as I might I cannot find photos of anything on the internet that permits me to identify this car. I remember reading that Rodney had a Humber -- if the assertion is correct -- but this car does not seem to be that because there are no horizontal grill elements. Nor does it seem to be an Austin Morris Rover Wolseley Riley Hillman … well hey I just did find it and it appears to be a Rover P4 90. Let me know if I am mistaken.

These according to Wikipedia were produced from '53- '59. The reason I didn't find out until looking today is that I had looked at Rovers that were too old i.e. prior to '53.

I don't suppose Nick ever drove this one though.

I much like cars and like to drive and the fact that Nick liked driving represents in my estimation a positive quality. In 1964 when I was 13 my geography teacher gave me a book "All the Worlds Automobiles" and it was there I first learned about Daimlers. Ever since then I have always wanted one. As a matter of tongue-in-cheek criticism the Drakes most certainly were amiss to not have had a Daimler. I think their plum pudding recipe may also have been wanting.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:12 pm 

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It looks to me from the Mojo photo to be a 1950s Rover.

Possibly this one:

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Rover+ ... 24&bih=538

This was a top of the range car at that time and probably what Rodney, as the top guy in his company, would have driven.


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