It wasn’t so much love at first sight. When we bought the car first, I knew it was a beautiful car, but I was younger and didn’t have much time to enjoy it. It was my dad and mum that used to use it on Sundays or on vintage runs. The car eventually grew on me to an extent that I am now caring and using the car the way my parents did.
There is a 4.2-litre engine in it that runs as smooth as a whistle. I am lucky to have a good friend and mechanic, Pat Murphy of the C&M Garage Clonakilty, who services the car twice a year.
I’m a Sunday driver when it comes to classic cars. Fresh air through the open windows and listening to the purr of the engine along the roads of West Cork.
My first car was a 1983 Citroen Charleston WZK 524. Those cars had a rather vintage look to them for that era. There weren’t many horses under the bonnet either.
I have a 1934 Rolls Royce Open Tourer and a 1960 Jaguar mk2. Cars like these take a lot of TLC and there’s always some work to be done to them.
I would love to drive all along the Wild Atlantic Way to enjoy the beautiful scenery we have along the coast of the west of Ireland. What ever ups and downs we have in Ireland, I believe we still live in the best country in the world and what better way to view it than travelling along in my Daimler Sovereign.
I have to say that my wife Carol would have to come with me and if I could pack my three daughters Kate, Ashlie and Jane and son Joseph in the back seat it would be really great, but seeing that they are aged from 13 to 23 it wouldn’t be possible.
Someone that talks too much.
I would listen to all kinds of music. Depends on the mood, Liam Clancy, Dean Martin, or classical Andre Rieu.