Not wishing to swank, but spent the New Year festivities in Marrakesh, and a good time was had by all.  However, the point of this missive is to remark on the multitude of taxis in the city.

There are two types of motorised taxi services available, the ‘petits’ taxis and the ‘grande’ taxis. The petits are nearly all Dacias, all in a uniform dirty beige and only able to carry three passengers.  They can only operate within the city, but because of their limited carrying capacity, there were four of us, we never used them.

Merc W123Now the grande taxis were much more interesting.  Similar colours but almost uniformly big old Mercedes Benzes.  E Classes (Einspritzung – Fuel Injection) with various engine sizes of the W123 range (1976 – 1985)


There were also many of the older W114/115 range with engine sizes ranging from 2.0L petrol (Model 200) to the 280D and 300D.

The condition of the magnificent vehicles was fairly poor, battered and worn but considering their mileages still running and working well beyond their design life.  850,000KMs was on the speedo of one that we sat in.

I suppose that the dry warm conditions of the area has contributed to their longevity, but there was something special about the W114/115 class; light and airy yet satisfying solid feeling.  Modern cars seem so dreary.


Forlorn Mercedes

I have done the drive from Harrogate to Leeds more times than I care to remember, and when I had a ‘proper’ job in Leeds it was of course a daily commute.  On the Harrogate Road, near the Esso garage on the right as one heads south to Leeds there is an Edwardian (I think) semi detached house typical of many in the area, but with a red Mercedes R107 500SL in the drive.

It has stood without turning a wheel for at least 12 years, maybe more.  The paintwork is looking shabby, the tyres appear to be still inflated but there are plant pots surrounding it and a very forlorn 500SLcar it looks too.

I would love to know the story behind this, that model of car in good condition can sell for up tp £50,000.  I suspect that this particular example may be beyond salvage now, but why has it been left to decay?  I have had several examples of these over the years and enjoyed every one, it seems so sad to see one in this condition.  I wish I had the nerve to knock on the door and inquire.


Took the wife’s BMW X5 to Scotland and back today.  Round trip of around 240 miles up the A1, across the A66 and then up the M6 etc….

We’ve had the car a few years now and it has been almost faultless and although we paid a good price it has been an amazing car.  It just does ‘what it says on the tin’.  It carries us in comfort and style with heated seats and even a heated steering wheel.  It doubles as a skip and general load carrier, the dog adores getting in and travelling, anywhere please, just drive.

I would say that it has been the best car we have ever had; I’ve had a few over the years.  I just hope that I haven’t jinxed it with praise.