It does feel like I’m jumping on the bandwagon a little here, but In reality I have been an advocate of the unloved cars of the past for a very long time, the crap cars, the cars that you really didn’t want your mates to see you in at the school gates.
I have never hidden my desires from anyone, in fact if you watch repeats of Bangers I can be seen proudly confessing my love for an orange Morris Marina on national TV.
I have always known that one day the nation would listen and listen they have!!
2021 has seen an emergence of crap car enthusiasts, bold as brass, usually a little nerdy, maybe dressed a little different to most, but they are alive. No longer afraid to rave about beige velour on social media or post arty shots of their much-loved Allegro next to a block of 70’s council flats. And it’s not just ordinary folk who are talking about them, the shiny people have realised too. With articles hitting the web from well respected ‘car greats’ reminiscing about vehicles ‘Uncle Harry ‘used to own back in the day when we were sticking bread tags on the spokes of our bicycles.
Onwards and upwards to The Festival of the Unexceptional at the end of the month, something tells me the display is going to be bigger and better than ever, with onlookers drooling over the most unextraordinary vehicles.
So, why is it that in 2021 we are embracing the cars we loved to hate? Why are Reliant Scimitars and Bond Bugs seeing an increase in value, why are marques from the Rootes Group flying at auction? And who suddenly decided that if you own a Wedge you’re cool?
Well let me tell you, I ain’t bothered who, I’m just eternally grateful that many of the cars formerly left to rust in shame are now being saved. These motors are part of our heritage and long may they live.