Motors & Me - Donie Harrington

Donie Harrington and his 1960 Rover 100 which he bought in Blarney, County Cork. The car was in good condition when he bought it a few years ago.
Motors & Me - Donie Harrington

What are you currently driving?

I’m currently driving the Rover 100 which I bought in Blarney a couple of years ago. She was in good condition when I bought it.

Love at first sight, or just a means to get from A to B?

I’m involved with a few friends who are interested in vintage cars and I’ve always been saying that I would buy a car if one came my way. I saw this one in the pink pages, so the following day, myself and a friend of mine went to have a look at it and we thought it was nice.

She’s a big car. So we came away home and I wasn’t long back, and I was humming and hawing and talking to my wife about it and she said to me “can’t you buy it if you want it” and so I phoned yer man back. He said ‘make me an offer’ so I did and we did a deal there and then.

What’s under the bonnet?

Donie’s Rover is in pristine condition. He says it is a totally reliable car and he would be happy to bring it anywhere
Donie’s Rover is in pristine condition. He says it is a totally reliable car and he would be happy to bring it anywhere

The engine is a straight-six - don’t ask me about the CCs - I have the paperwork here somewhere. It’s the original engine from 1960.

Petrol head or Sunday driver?

I wouldn’t describe myself as a car enthusiast. I don’t have a huge interest in vintage cars, but I’ve been around cars all my life. The lads are in vintage runs on Sundays, so I go to those.

What was your first car?

Donie Harrington’s Rover 100 gets regular outings at vintage events regularly held on Sundays around various parts of County Cork
Donie Harrington’s Rover 100 gets regular outings at vintage events regularly held on Sundays around various parts of County Cork

The first car I had was a 1962 Ford Anglia.

What else do/did you own?

After the Anglia, I had a Ford Cortina, then a Morris Minor - you name it, I probably had it at some stage. I can’t pick a favourite, but I’m still driving a Ford today - a Mondeo.

Dream drive in dream location?

I already have my dream car - it’s out there in the shed - the Rover. I could take it anywhere, I could trust it to bring it anywhere.

Passenger you’d most like on a long journey?

I suppose it would be my wife, she doesn’t have any real interest in cars, but she comes along with me.

Passenger you’d least like?

I’m not normally fussy, but I have no time for back seat drivers.

What’s on your playlist?

I have the radio on and listen to my local station here in Bandon. It plays all the music I like when I’m out for a Sunday drive.

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