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Results - What's Your Greatest Motoring Regret?

I've read through them all, cried at some, laughed at others, and here is the result.

19w ago

Thank you to everyone who submitted a story, I've trawled through all 100+ answers and come up with a winner. I was looking for a story that'd tug at my heartstrings, leave me with a lump in my throat and a tight throat, swallowing back tears on the writer's behalf. It has not been easy. And the winner is...

Ernesto Rosa De Armas

"Like many people, there is one car I sold that I wish I had kept.

I actually owned Scuderia Filipinetti’s Fiat X1/9, the first X1/9 that ever existed. Back in the 80’s there was no internet for us to play with and even though I knew my car was special, I didn’t know it was THAT special. I loved the little car, but to me it was just a race car. One that had served its purpose and was just sitting pretty at home.

The Filipinetti X1/9 was brought to Puerto Rico by the Fiat importers and raced briefly. My parents bought it for me to start racing and after I started to drive for other people in bigger categories the beautiful little X1/9 just adorned the garage. I reluctantly sold the car to a racing friend who at the time was battling cancer. I actually told him that the car had a reputation of being temperamental and that I was worried people thought I was taking advantage of his situation to get rid of the car, but he responded he needed a project to serve him as a goal during his recovery.

And so I sold it.

He eventually did get better and won a championship with the Filipinetti. Sadly his cancer returned short after and passed away. I still miss him. The X1/9 sat abandoned for years, deteriorating and looking like all was left was throw it in a junkyard. Enter the internet, and a German fellow had tracked down the car, bought it and took it back to Germany to have it restored. At least the Filipinetti didn’t end up lost forever in a junkyard."

The car in question.

The car in question.

Special Mention to David Sperry

"While living in Montreal I owned a well used 1956 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 convertible. It was great fun but developed mechanical problems and burned a lot of oil. In 1960 I decided to trade it and cruised the used car lots.

I new nothing about British sports cars, but spied a 1960 Austin Healey 3000. It was low mileage and was owned by a school teacher who found the driving position too uncomfortable.

The salesman let me take a test drive and it blew my mind...the raw power, the exhaust note, the beautiful body style. The salesman was willing to sell, so we struck a price and he asked to test my Oldsmobile.

The Olds had been sitting awhile so when he started it up a huge cloud of smoke came out of the exhaust. That quickly ended our deal. He was honest enough to say that if I had added two cans of “honey” to the engine oil, the deal would have gone through.

So for $10 worth of honey, I could have been the owner of a 1960 Big Healey. After that, I owned a string of interesting cars...a 1960 Triumph TR3A, a 1964 TR4, a 1967 Mustang Fastback and a 1970 Datsun 240Z, but I never forgot the missed opportunity on the Big Healey."

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Comments (10)

  • Massive congratulations to for that beautiful, and sad tale of the little Fiat that could. Beautiful

      4 months ago
  • Had to chuck in the honourable mention to for his anecdote on missing out on a beautiful Big Healey

      4 months ago
    • Thanks Jesse. Every time I see an Austin Healey 3000 (which is very rare these days), I say to myself “once upon a time I almost had one of those”.

        4 months ago
  • Driving a 2004 v8 Mercedes-Benz at age 16 on $10 an hour salary

      4 months ago
  • Yeah my greatest motoring regret is that I drove myself to my wedding and that I didn't do a runner in the opposite direction.

    Maybe I would be eating a pineapple on Tahiti right now see.

      4 months ago
  • I am guilty of sampling, very briefly, Der Fuehrer’s “beetle” when I was a lad @ 16.

    Hideous red german bollox-motor that broke down a lot in the summertime.

    Answer: it was a hand-me-down. And it was free

      4 months ago