Car nut drives vintage Vauxhall Nova 'home' in 400 mile roadtrip

James Harrison

A Scottish petrol-head has completed a 400 mile roadtrip to Windsor to return his beloved car to its first home.

On Monday, Alex Carter, an analyst for financial services firm Prudential, drove from his home in Falkirk to Windsor Vehicle Leasing, in Dedworth Road, to see the spot where his red Vauxhall Nova first hit the road a quarter of a century ago.

The family saloon had been given away in a competition 25 years ago, over which time it had steadily migrated north, eventually ending up in the hands of Mr Carter, who has been a fan of the vintage model since buying one, in brown, in 1996.

And amazingly, it remains in largely the same condition it was in when it first rolled off the forecourt.

Asked why he had made the drive, Mr Carter replied 'probably because I'm nuts' before adding: "I wanted to come down on a road trip and I knew the car had come from down here and I was just on the website trying to find some information and a picture of the car appeared.

"What are the chances of seeing that car, out of all the cars that have been sold here?

"As soon as I saw that I knew I had to come down."

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