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My first car: Austin 1100 with red leather seats was scrapped in favour of a Mini - which didn’t last long either

PUBLISHED: 21:00 14 July 2014 | UPDATED: 08:56 15 July 2014

Janice Poulson's Mazda 323

Janice Poulson's Mazda 323

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We may complain about the treacherous roads when it snows each winter but it was far worse in the 1970s.

Janice Poulson remembers driving her Mazda 323 around Ipswich, struggling to get up the hills in Belstead.

She said: “That wasn’t my first car, my first car was an Austin 1100.

“I used to work at a garage called Graham Avery along Main Road in Kesgrave, I had a Saturday job and I saved up and bought that. It was E-registered 1967 model and I would have been about 17 or 18 at that point,” added Janice, 60, of Kesgrave.

She continued: “It was white with red leather seats, I paid £50, which was quite a few Saturday’s worth of wages.

“I got rid of that and bought a Mini. I think it had nearly had it when I bought it. It was four or five years old but they were notorious for smoking.”

Janice drove the Mini to and from college but it smoked so much she eventually gave in and upgraded.

“I bought a Mazda (pictured). it was a rotary engine, Mazda 323 which was quite a big car for those days.

“I got that for about £150, I was about 21 and I saved up myself.”

She added: “That was a beautiful car, it had leather seats but no power steering, that came later on.

“It was quite a heavy car, with big wide tyres. I used to live down Belstead and had to go up a hill to get anywhere.

“They didn’t grit the roads in those days and it was a nightmare. One day I got stuck and it started to slide backwards, there was a bus coming up behind and I managed to go sidewards, luckily I managed to stop and then I took it home and went on the bus that day.”

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