Saturday, 8 January 2011

Doesn't Look Much Like A Racing Car...



We bought our current car in January 2007, just after moving house. Ever since then, the old car has been sitting - neglected and unroadworthy - on our drive. Every year we've had to fill out an off-road form to avoid being taxed or fined for our possession of this lump of scrap metal.

On a few occasions I've tried to encourage it in the direction of the scrap yard, but since I can't drive there's a limit to how much I can physically do. Occasionally I would cast a pointed glance in its direction, or encourage my husband that maybe we could move it by the end of this or that year.

This morning, however, our little car finally departed. Incredibly, it isn't going for scrap - it's going to become a race car! Seriously. How cool is that?! They're going to put in a high-performance engine and a roll cage, and expect to get a couple of years' life out of it. We've asked if we can go and see it racing when it's been rejuvenated.

Which just goes to show that sometimes it's right to leave things until the right moment comes along, because I'm much happier that it's getting a new lease of life rather than just being crushed.



15 comments:

Ginny said...

I like to get things done way ahead of time, my husband is the opposite, he's a procrastinator. And sometimes we have found that it can really pay to delay stuff. Looks like this was meant to be! This is so cool, did they tell you when it will be ready to race? Hope you post pictures when it's finished!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

My hubby would love that! Racing is his thing!

Johanna GGG said...

congratulations - we sold our old car at the end of last year and it was a challenge to make sure it didn't end up on the scrap heap - which annoyed me because it had been such a good reliable car for us - the way cars are valued is very wrong!

Elisabeth said...

There's nothing like a new lease on life, even for a little car, that does not look so bad in your photo. in fact it looks respectable. But it's what's inside that counts, is it not? Appearances as they say can be deceptive.

Tabor said...

What a nice way to recycle!

christine said...

I shall miss manouvering around it at the top of the mountain, though! Good on you, little car:)

Alice Braga said...

Congratulations on making more "vroom" in your yard and in your life for the things you DO want. :)

One thing I'll always have room for: your delightful sense of humor!

Jules Woolford said...

That is very impressive, and very cool! I linked to your birthday/book post today and did a bit of blurb, hope it helps you sell more copies!x

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

You will have to take pictures of it racing! I'm sure it'll be un-recogniseable but brilliant! Wishing you a good week ahead, Love from London xo

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I have to admit that when I first looked at the car in the picture I never thought it would become a racing car.

Fly Girl said...

Very cool indeed. Recycling is always better than waste.

ladyfi said...

Wow - every car's dream is to be a race car!

Rachel said...

"The Little Car That Could", then - great news!

cornflakegirl74 said...

I'm so happy to hear that your car is getting a second chance! And that's very cool it'll be used as a race car :) Maybe you'll feel like a proud parent watching it from the crowd.

I recently sold my junk of a car, too. It was a '95 civic with something like 5 billion miles on it. Because I don't have parking where I live, it sat in my parents' driveway for ages until someone came by to see if we'd be willing to sell. I was thrilled it goes to someone who cares to tinker with it and give it a proper home :)

Jeanne said...

How cool.

I wish that could happen to people.

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