After 3 scrap 309s, a short foray into the Nissan Micra, and a Momentary Glimpse into the world of MGs, Rian found just what he needed.
Within 427 Motorsports, there are two of us with a serious problem, and one of us with sense. I will openly admit that me and Rian are the ones with the problem. Basically, we just can’t stop buying cars. All of us have more than one car, but only us two have decided to push it to the extreme and keep going. And keep going. And keep going.
Shea was the first of us with one, buying a BMW for having fun with at the start of 2013. I was next with my GTI, in May 2013. Over a year later in July ’14, Rian got his first 309. I would love to say it was a looker, but you can judge on that for yourself. He loved the thing though.
“It belonged to a family friend”, he said. “I grew up with always seeing the car, sitting inside it and making car noises as a little kid.” (Sadly, I can actually picture that.) “And when the owner passed away, I had the opportunity to buy it, and lo and behold I had my first car”.
I can remember clear as day going to see it, and thinking, “why the hell did you buy that”? But that 309 sparked the start of something, and whilst it needed an insane amount of work, it created a deep love for this oddball car that has oddly rubbed off on all of us, making us all have a bit of a soft spot for them.
As you can see below, Rian got quite a fetish for them. Quite worrying, actually.
But for now, we’re here to talk about that one that you see on the far left, with the ‘G’ registration – something that has become a must have for us, for some reason.
“When I finally was able to get insurance on a car, it had to be my sister’s Nissan Micra. It was so thirsty, and, well, frankly I’m not a nun so it didn’t really suit me. In the back of my mind I always wished I could’ve had my first 309 ready to go for getting insurance, but it just needed far too much work and was never going to happen.
After a long time of saving up, I had some money set aside to buy something cool.”
“I think I genuinely could’ve cried. I could not have been any happier with it when I seen it coming off the back of the lorry. All of the fears and worries were instantly gone. I got it home, we quickly got it MOTd and insured and I was on the road.”
After the obligatory couple of shows, we set out to breaking it in. Our first big trip was to Ballyclare, about 80 miles from home. It did the trip without a single hitch, and despite my personal issues with Peugeots I had to give it credit for how fantastic of a car it is.
So what’s the plans with it then?