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First thing you owned with an engine in it?
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Rick
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 1:51 pm    Post subject: First thing you owned with an engine in it? Reply with quote

Petrol- or diesel-powered, what was the first thing thus powered that you owned? working, or otherwise ... perhaps a moped, a lawnmower, an invalid carriage or a model aircraft maybe?

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Various 1920s-1960s - Austin, Morris, Commer, Dodge etc.
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PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2019 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morris Minor, followed by Morris Minor....

never owned any grass to cut...until married first time round...[and many many cars into petrolheadism]..
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An E-type. Well, to be brutally honest a 1948 Series E Morris 8, one that was owned by my uncle and fell foul of the Ten Year Test in 1960 due to a rotten chassis. Ah, learning to drive and charge around the field in it!
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
A Bown 98cc autocycle.
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first motorised machine I owned was my first car, a 1936 Austin Seven Opal, but my first motorised driving experience was on a ride-on lawn mower: my grandparents had retired to a semi-derelict old rectory in the middle of Norfolk, and one of his first acquisitions was a fearsom lawnmower powered by a 1000cc JAP engine and three-speed transmission. Imagine a ten year-old tearing around the lawn at twenty miles an hour! It was a BIG lawn:


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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first vehicle I owned was a 1936 Morris Eighteen. I drove it around our Essex smallholding paddocks. I gallon of petrol lasted one hour. Petrol just under five bob a gallon which represented three hours Saturday morning work on a nearby farm. We modified it to run on TVO. (Tractor Vapourising Oil, or power kero.) Clouds of white smoke! I owned this in 1959 at 15 years old.

My first drives were either the Fordson tractor or dad's Commer Tilly, with cushions behind me and under my bum. I would have been about eight years old.

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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A 1938 Austin Big 7, acquired when I was 17 quickly followed by a Morris 8 series E when my father discovered how bad the brakes and steering really were.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An LE Velocette but I never got to ride it.
My first ride was a Puch Alpine 150.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A 1933 MG K1 Magnette 4 seater. 6 cylinders, OHC 1087cc and a Wilson preselects gearbox. Cost me £7/10/- and the only time I got to ‘drive’ it was getting towed behind a 1 1/2 litre Jaguar from place of purchase to home by a workmate with brain damage. (He had a metal plate in his head). I often wonder how we made it the six miles in one piece. The engine had a collapsed bearing in the camshaft drive and I just couldn’t find a spare. Where were you Internet in 1959 when I needed you.
I scrapped it for a £fiver when seduced by a (running) 1948 Jaguar 2 1/2 litre saloon.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:38 pm    Post subject: First drive Reply with quote

My first drive was an old Rudge pushbike with a cyclemaster rear wheel.
I didn’t own it but shared it with a bunch of lads. We took it in turns riding up and down the street, and had one or two telling offs from local beat policeman.

My own first car was a £20 Ford popular, 1954 in Bristol fawn. One wiper, no heater. Loved it, went all over the place in it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1967 Honda 90 motorbike !

Cruised at about 55 MPH (I was a lot lighter then!) gave about 90 miles to the gallon and ran for years with very little being done to it.

Wish I still had it !
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At 16 I had a BSA winged wheel in a push bike.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
The title doesn't require anything ridden or driven, yet nobody has mentioned model aeroplanes, cars or boats with I/C engines.

I only had rubber powered aircraft or gliders, but surely someone had a Glow Plug or Diesel powered model.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately [or otherwise] my first motors were electric, and steam!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As Penman suggested my first IC engine was a Cox .049 model airplane engine from there it got bigger up to .35cc Johnson Stunt Supreme engine.
Now I have 35cc weed whacker engine on my 12 ft Cessna clone plane.

The first fuel powered machine that I could ride was a Velo Solex motor bike
I delivered the Honolulu Star Bulletin newspaper on it - I thought I was king of the road when I could unhook the muffler and roar around with the straight pipe- always put the muffler pipe back on when delivering the paper.
I still remember the smell of Castrol R
cheers
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