It had to happen, the Megane had to go, it was costing too much to keep working and I was getting too worried about future reliability.
My faithful steed that has only let me down once.
Always one to be ahead of the curve, I find myself experimenting with what Autocar Magazine has dubbed â€˜Bangernomics'.
Itâ€™s amazing how many things can blaze through your mind in a short space of time. If printable, Iâ€™d be able to recite every detail that ran through my head as my little 106 GTI came to a gritty end on an extremely hot Saturday afternoon in April.
Weâ€™re hammering down a long straight in fourth gear. Ahead, the road snakes left into a dip before firing up again harder to the right. A rutted apex to the incline provokes a flick of lateral motion and a swelling of sound. This is what I drive for.
I must admit to feeling a bit of a fraud. Having grown up on the verge of the Lake District and being a car enthusiast all my life, I should know the areaâ€™s best roads like I know myself.
My inspiration for purchasing a 106 GTI came from owning an early Saxo VTS some years ago now.
On the 2nd October, I became the proud owner of my sixth car in the space of 18 months, a 1995 Series1 Peugeot 106 Rallye. It was a car that I had lusted after for some time after owning a 106 XSi at the start of my driving career.