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Welcome to my humble website

Hello and thanks for dropping by. My name is Donald Fletcher and I can be contacted at 120 Bark Street Bolton BL1 2AX or by just think thewhy.

I have always been fascinated by history, and in particular by the history of cars. Every single one that has ever been made has a story behind it; of success or failure, hard work or sloppiness, good or bad luck, right or wrong timing, and all the countless factors that can make the difference between overwhelming success and spectacular failure

It is often easy to believe that the planning of a car is straightforward; you research your market and decide what will sell, manufacture a prototype and test it, build a production line, advertise your car and wait for the money to roll in. We forget that the wrong choice of a financial partner; a component supplier that goes broke, fails to provide the right goods on time, slips up on quality control or has a dispute; another manufacturer that brings out an unexpected competitive model; a downturn in the economy; even the choice of the wrong colour schemes at the wrong time can completely derail a project that has taken a lot of time and money to develop.

I have owned a lot of cars in my time. Some of them have been complete lemons such as a Vauxhall Victor 2000 that rusted through along the wings almost as I watched it, a Datsun Cherry whose engine was shot after just 35,000 miles, a Rover SD1 in which something broke on almost a weekly basis. I've also owned some absolute crackers such as my current Rover 75 limousine which I bought for relative peanuts when Rover went bankrupt and which has given me almost fault free motoring for over 120,000 miles. In the meanwhile though I have watched the average family car begin to look like every other family car and sometimes I yearn back to the days of old when cars were not terribly good but at least they had character and you could tell them apart.

This is why I decided to create this website. The cars that I've written about are all individuals. Yes they have their faults as well as their good points but they all represent someone's desire to create something different from the routine identikits on the market – and hopefully make money at it too! Sadly building cars has never been an easy route to profits and history is littered with car manufacturers who had dreams that ultimately turn to dust. But then that's life.

I hope you enjoy reading what I've written and if you have any comments complaints criticisms or even praise I would love to hear from you.
With best wishes
Don Fletcher

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