Went for an MOT and had a great chat with the tester
September and its the annual visit to the testers for
DVO. Coming up to 12 years, with my sorry rear, to and from work in the Elise.
So off I go to RG Autos in Slough, just of Wentworth Av behind a garage selling
very questionable S/H cars. By the way Reg has nothing to do with them.
Reg was not in even though his Triumph Tiger was
there. So Keith is doing the tests today. A grey haired old chap slightly bent
over and walks at a relaxed pace. Wearing a pair of faded jeans, a multicoloured
polo shirt, jumper over the top and an anorak.
So before we start we are talking about wooden go
karts for the kids, I have a chat about the dustbin lightning car I want to
make for my lads. The conversation goes on to some old cars from the past then
he laughs and starts about a few cars he bought and sold just after the
One he acquired was a pre-war Italian Al Capone
thing, Isotta he says, straight eight beast cost £85, went down to Beauleiu
auction before the famed auto jumbles and entered the car. Fell under the
hammer at £850. He did have to repair the block. Had a big crack down it, so we
made a plate for it, tapped it in and sealed it. Ran the car for a bit just to
make sure it was good.
All I can find re Isotta is this:
Another a he said he got his hands on was a BMW Mila Miglia 1 of 3 or so, small
thing 2 litre six up front with very small doors for the regulations and a low
ratio rear end (mountain sections). That one he sold for £380. AFN wanted it
for £300 as they wanted the low ratio for their own. AFN I said, yes Archie
Frase Nash, no me says that’s what AFN stands for. Well I live and learn.
The only thing I can find is a 328 Mila Miglia of which 5 were made and meet
the description. Wonder how much a 328 Mila Miglia would fetch now.
Great chat, had to get it cut short so he could test
my car, he had 2 waiting by then
and spend some tome having a real chat over a pint with him, great chap.
His ending words were off to Jamaica to do some work re importing cars for the
Images as I failed on that :(