The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

How Far We Have Come …

When I was young, I loved cars.

OK, I still do … but back then, they held a particularly strong fascination.

Freedom. Independence. Status.

Now while there are many cars that are burned into my consciousness – the Ford Fiesta XR2, the Fiat X19, the Triumph TR7 to name a few – there is one that has a special place in my heart.

Not because I wanted one, but because in my provincial mind, it represented the pinnacle of success.

It was … a Ford Granda.

Yes … that tank like thing at the top of this post.

I know … I know … how utterly shameful.

As I said, it wasn’t a car I aspired to owning or driving – besides, I was years off being allowed to drive – but it was the biggest car on the road and in my small, little mind, that meant the driver was doing one of the big jobs in life.

You have to understand that I was entering as period of my life where school life was soon going to make way for the rat race … and while I was good at school, I was crap at exams so I was looking for direction in terms of a job that could one day, potentially let me own a Ford Granada.

Jesus, I was sad.

It gets worse … because I still remember seeing a man drive a BMW 7-Series when they first came out and going up to him to ask what he did for a living as I couldn’t believe anyone in West Bridgford – my home town – could ever have a job that let them buy a car like that.

The irony was it was less about having something that would convey status and success to the outside world and more about setting a goal that would let me think I have done OK in life if I ever got to own one.

Which I didn’t .

The reason for all this is that I recently watched a video for the launch of the MK II Granada.

It’s long, but it’s worth watching for a whole host of reasons.

Part of it is because it highlights how far the car industry has evolved since 1984 interns of technology and what they regard as driver/passenger comfort and sophistication … part of it is because it’s funny to see them make big claims about small features [digital clock anyone?] … but the biggest part is how much technology we still regard as luxury is over 30+ years old.

It doesn’t make me want a Granada, but it does help me feel less foolish rating them in 1984.

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That video is amazing.
Is the SQ5 your version of the XR2?

Comment by George

I was going to say that is Rob’s version of a midlife crisis then remembered he has been going through it for the past 20 years.

Comment by Bazza

I’m hypnotised by that video.

Comment by Bazza

You better believe it.

And – to be honest – given how bad my taste is, an Audi is way less horrific as it could have been.

Comment by Rob

I am amazed. I would have bet everything you’d have a Tesla. There’s still time though.

Comment by Bazza

dont get comfortable campbell, its still fucking horrific.

Comment by andy@cynic

“I still remember seeing a man drive a BMW 7-Series when they first came out and going up to him to ask what he did for a living as I couldn’t believe anyone in West Bridgford – my home town – could ever have a job that let them buy a car like that.”

This is the essence of who you are in a paragraph. Cheeky. Curious. Clever.

Comment by Pete

You mean insane, shameless and ambitious.

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Comment by Pete

Thanks for your support gents.

Comment by Rob

And the X19 was beautiful.

Comment by Pete

It was. I wanted that car so so much.

Comment by Rob

I used to drive my uncles Granada Ghia so watching the video brought back some vivid memories. It was the first time I had seen a car with electric windows and would play with them so much I burnt the mechanism that raised and lowered them. I didn’t get to drive my uncles car much after that.

A beast of a car that inspires strong feelings.

Comment by Lee Hill

This is a side of you I never knew existed.

Comment by George

Lee … you were a player!

Comment by Rob

Great video. 🙂 You should see the vehicle my husband and I drive – a 1992 Caprice Classic Station Wagon, not another like it in Vancouver! Mint condition from chrome spoke wheels to pop-up rear facing third row of seating. Long enough my 6 foot, 4 inch husband can lay comfortably in the back when seats folded down.Powerful V8 engine, suspension like riding on a cloud. Jaws drop, people point and stare when we drive city streets. It’s hysterical. 🙂

Comment by Notes To Ponder

I think Amazon have just found their new presenter for Top Gear. Or whatever it was they called it. Your car sounds magnificent.

Comment by George

Top Gear plays to a demographic thirsty for wizardry. Driving is a skill, not catatonic reliance on technology. OMG, I lose my mind watching nincompoops try to parallel park “parking assist” vehicles! And yes, our wagon is a treasure. 🙂

Comment by Notes To Ponder

I’ve just got parking assist and I have to say, I think it’s amazing. Of course I end up parking manually more often, but when it works, it’s a hell of a trick.

Comment by Rob

BMW Series 7 + Nottingham = drug dealer.

Comment by John

Don’t you mean BMW 7 series + Nottingham = Stolen BMW?

Comment by Bazza

Now we’re in the realm of simultaneous equations. Perhaps we should enlist the help of someone who did well at school. Rob?

Comment by John

My Dad thought he’s made it when he got a Ford Scorpio as a company car, bloody loved loved that car

Comment by Northern

The Scorpio? He had definitely made it.

Comment by Rob

this post and that fucking video explains a fucking lot campbell.

Comment by andy@cynic

So much.

Comment by DH

[…] It’s so sad because cars offer so much more than status and lifestyle. […]

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