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Right Place, Right

By: Eamonn Sadler

In 1987 I my dream car. No it wasn’t a or a Porsche, it was a five-year-old Mark II 2.8 fuel injected Ford Ghia. It was my dream car because to that I had been driving a 260Z sports car which, I loved it, had given me nothing but and a bad back. Hence my dream car had the complete antithesis of the Japanese car, the American Executive It was so comfortable compared to the Datsun in 1988, my friend Colin and I to take it on a camping tour Germany.

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Early one evening during our on the outskirts of Cologne, a loud grating noise started from somewhere near the offside wheel. I pulled and we climbed out cursing to see what was Luckily Colin was a qualified so after a lengthy inspection he explaining the situation to me in what to me like Greek. About 30 into his technical  analysis I put my over his mouth and asked him to tell me how bad it was. He said it was bad, something to do with an bit of the car behind the noisy wheel had broken. Just down the I saw a sign for a campsite, so I nursed the Granada into the large and we put up our tent before heading to the to consider our plight.

After three or four beers and no sensible ideas either of us, Colin decided to my that he could speak With completely misplaced he approached a friendly looking couple at the bar and said in a loud “Excuzen Sie mir bitte, mein ist kaput.” The girl spat all over her boyfriend as she burst out and as he wiped the beer slowly the front of his shirt he said “Sorry about zat. chust zat you Eenglish sound fanny ven you try to spik Cherman.” I was to point out the irony of his statement we suddenly became very friends. “I tell you vot”, he before I could speak, “I buy you a beer and ve talk about ‘kaput auto’ ya?” A of hours later we were outside Klaus and Brigette’s playing a very complicated game and being entertained by black labrador which, were very proud to us, understood five languages. went on to prove it by telling the dog to sit, lie down and roll in Italian, German, Spanish, and English, and the dog dutifully obeyed time. We crawled off to our tent at 3am after

a small alcohol fuelled but with a promise that would take us to see a friend of who could help with the car in the

To be honest I wasn’t actually them to show up the following after our argument, but as it turned out weren’t quite as upset their country losing two wars and one World Cup to the English as I they had been, so at about ten we awoke to the sound of Brigette’s Volkswagen Beetle ticking noisily outside our tent. We quickly, squeezed into the seat and, with at the wheel, headed off to see their What we found when we got amazed us. It turned out that the Markus, owned a car scrap and there were at least 20 and scrapped Ford Granadas mine lying around many other makes and Apparently all Ford Granadas in the UK since 1977 had been in Cologne, where mine had happened to break down, and made his living by cannibalising cars for spare parts. An later Colin finished a perfectly good second universal joint to my Granada and we on our way. Markus had refused to any money, and, while was working, Klaus and Brigette had bid us and disappeared in the general direction of never to be seen again. good people.

If you’re going to break do it in the right place (but mention the war).

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