Forgive me Angela! by oulgundog

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1963 Ford Anglia, taken at a vintage rally, In Bangor, Co. Down, ‘Norn Iron’, some 23 odd years ago. Very distinctive little family car with the ‘slopey inwards’ rear window. This one had a 997cc engine with a 3speed and reverse gear box. Very ‘popular’ car. Had a great competition record as well with many rallys and saloon car champs’ under its belt. Was a direct competitor to the ‘Mini’. In the background is a ‘62/63 Singer Gazelle, a relative of the Sunbeam Rapier. I once thumbed a lift in one to Kirkiston race track for a meeting, the young fella driving had borrowed it from his Da! He passed everything on the road and never once got in ’overdrive’ a kind of extra gear in those days .. bit like 5th now … the whole way up the twisty Ards penninsula road. I didn’t get a lift home in it as he ‘pulled’ and I was left with my mate to hike again .. got a lift home in a Morris Minor 1000 that had raced and threw a leg out and limped home on 3 cylinders!!

Photographed across from the old Bangor bus station with Lennons fruit and veg shop in the background. Also can be seen is an Ormo bread van.. its actually a ghost. Many family pet dogs were named after the Ormo bread. Most were called soda! An advertising company and a tv station made lots of money from that name!

I had an Anglia… she was called Angela! She was no ordinary Anglia.. she was a 1200 cc ‘Super’ Anglia.. yes .. finished in dark blue with a go faster cream stripe ,highlighted with a chrome strip up the sides.

I bought her for mega money from Kellys on the Shankill road in Belfast about ‘69! Kellys were famous for ….’Isopon’! Experts! It took me eighteen months to pay off this bargain basement dream machine. But I was working and living with me dear old mum, and earning over 20 quid a week and could still pay for the Eko Ranger guitar from me sister inlaws catalogue(club book).

I often dream of ‘Angela’ .. I ask for forgiveness for the abuse I gave her. Anyone local who knows the Carrowreagh road in Dundonald that leads down into the old Ards TT circuit will know. You can make a car fly up there! Hit those dips at the right speed and its.. up .. up ..an’ away!!

Plays hell with the Macpherson struts ..especially if the wings have been packed with ‘Isopon’! Pretty soon the wheels took on an unusual camber. The wings(wheel arches) where replaced by .. yes .. fibreglass pop riveted ones!!

The place I worked at the time had a garage/workshop, and I was friendly with the mechanic. Poor Angela’s engine wasn’t going to good, so under the guidence of my friend, Angela’s heart had surgery!

New rings,gaskets,big ends,wee ends,and anything a boy racers machine ever needed were assembled for Angela. Nothing was too good for Angelas heart!

After much late night oil burning .. Angela was back to porridge. Oh! aye she could sing! Double the g force at the lights and up the Craigantlet at twice the speed.

Boss asked me to go to Lisburn one day ! Yeah ! I’ll take Angela!

Poor Angela.

Bloody clip on the timing chain came adrift and Angela conked out on the Malone road.. “terribly sorry madam didn’t mean to park my jalopy outside your residence .. ahm… any chance of a push!”

After much ‘hoaking’ in the sump , the timing chain and clip were retreived and re assembled .. took three days!

Angela got new fibreglass wings.
Angela got a new silver paint job from 24 four aerosol tins of silver .. cause silver was the ‘new colour’
Angela went to rest in Hammy Stewarts burial place for abused motor cars, Ardmillen, Co Down.

Forgive me ‘Angela’

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Taken around 1990 with a Practica BC-3 Kodakcolour Gold film

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  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Steve!

    – oulgundog

  • jazzdevil
    jazzdevilover 4 years ago

    LOL!

  • I still get the guilt!!:-)

    – oulgundog

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Thank you, Steve, indeed…. anyway, this is bloody brilliant, & it should be said that Anglias fly well over the Glenfinnan viaduct as well. This brings to mind a story of my inimitable mother, who herself had an early-1950s-vintage Morris Minor & a genuine English mechanic a handful of miles away in Canada, just across the Niagara River from our home. A good wee car – despite its Lucas (‘Prince of Darkness’) electrics. But back to the Anglia – my mother was a professional woman who worked in Lockport, NY, about fifteen miles from where we lived. In Lockport there was a man with a blue Anglia; he was around for years, driving his little car here & there quite visibly, & my mum saw him almost daily. Throughout that protracted period, he had a great big sign in the rear window of his car which read: ‘MY LAST ENGLISH FORD’.

  • Thank you Sheila! Yes, but i had my wings before Harry Potter! Morris Minors were great cars and quite a few survive and some are still used daily. I have a fondness for the ‘Traveller’ version, a sort of estate car with wooden bits on the side, sometimes called a shooting brake or a woody. Closest I ever came to one, was a 60’s Morris 1300 Traveller. Nothing like the Minor but based on the BMC1100 models of Issigonis design. Bit like a large Mini. Dreadful car! It had Lucas electrics but that wasn’t the only problem. I took my ageing Grandmother ( who lived quite happily in the twilight zone) with me on an errand. On the way home, passing through the square in Comber and instead of taking a sharp right .. the vehicle decided to do some shopping straight ahead in Porters Chemists and the Ulster Bank nextdoor.. only overcompensating and taking a 180degree turn and tried to climb the statue of Major General Rollo Gillespie I think she then took fright at the prospect of hitting ‘Galloping Gillespie’ .. straightened up and headed to Newtownards! My grandmother remained serene through out only to comment " that was a sharp bend!".
    The man from Lockport was obviously happy with his Anglia and never tried to make it fly. lol I love Fords I still have a Sierra which I am working on .. yes working on it honest!!

    – oulgundog

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Great image!!!
    Please consider putting this into the 5-6-7 Autos, Trucks and Motorcycles group.
    1950s, 1960s, and 1970s or newer cars, trucks, and motorcycles
    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • I will Cee thank you.

    – oulgundog

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you Cee. :-)

    – oulgundog

  • Finbarr Reilly
    Finbarr Reillyover 4 years ago

    many thanks from
    Tina & Fino

  • Thanks again Finbarr.

    – oulgundog

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 4 years ago

    Great shot,
    I think the 1200cc, 105E, were put in the 1st Cortinas. I had a 1963, 1600cc Cortina GT in BR green with a white Lotus stripe.
    I must find photo and put it up,
    Cheers Neil

  • Yes the Mk1 Cortina had them. My brother inlaw loaned me a 1600 gt while I was in England for a few months, she was craicer to drive. I remember going up to Wembley with some English Mates (1970) to see them play ‘Norn Iron’. I burn’t out the clutch in the jam on Wembley Mile. Norn Iron won 1-0 with a jammy goal … talk about a quiet car going home. Had to gewt a new clutch couple of days later!!lol

    – oulgundog

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 4 years ago

    Previous to my Cortina I had a 100E Prefect which I fitted Twin SU too!!
    Cheers N

  • That quickened her!!

    – oulgundog

  • Matthew Floyd
    Matthew Floydover 3 years ago

    My Dad had one of these. Duck egg blue I believe, although I was only a baby and have no real memory of it. Even when he found some black ice and we apparently ended upside down in a ditch! Still see a few on the roads in West Sussex. Thanks for reminding me with your great photograph!

  • You were lucky .. I know some of those wee roads around West Sussex, but they were tough wee cars apart from the wings and inner guards rusted like fluck and the Macpherson struts would collapse into the engine bay!!

    – oulgundog

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2about 3 years ago

    Great classics! My uncle had one of these…and many others. Superb image :))

  • They were great fun to drive …especially if you were mad!! Thanks Angie!

    – oulgundog

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