Rescuing my abandoned first car from a military barracks

Many of you will wish you could have your first car back, and through a weird twist of fate, Mike Fernie is getting that opportunity. Having sold his first car, a Rover 25, back when he was a teenager, he has stumbled upon that very car in a very sorry state. Time to get it back to the workshop and set about making it a minter!

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  1. Mike DriveTribe

    Mike DriveTribe

    Maand geleden

    I can't believe my luck finding this car to be honest! Here's some behind the scenes if you fancy it:

    • Finland Six

      Finland Six

      25 dagen geleden

      Im glad I said to get it back when I saw you find your first car!

    • Logikure


      Maand geleden

      What about the Mazda MX5 NB when you drove the rover back to the workshop?

    • Steven Erskine

      Steven Erskine

      Maand geleden

      I've passed that car so many times now, always wondered it's story.

    • Cameron Brown

      Cameron Brown

      Maand geleden

      I went to school down the road from where this was and I always went past wondering why it was left to die there, insane its gonna be fixed I need to see it once its done!

    • BertoBringsIt


      Maand geleden

      Can't believe that you're selling it again! It's for a great cause, but that emotional attachment.

  2. Preacher


    Dag geleden

    fit a different throttle body and cable and the ECM will learn the new body,thicko mech.

  3. Stray Llama

    Stray Llama

    2 dagen geleden

    from personal experience those old k series blocks are bullet proof very solid motor except the gaskets



    3 dagen geleden

    7:45 ROVER SMILE

  5. cxllum2822


    4 dagen geleden

    I'm 16 but already have my first car ready a Ford feista mk7

  6. Alasdair Vincent

    Alasdair Vincent

    4 dagen geleden

    That looks like Redford Barracks. I spent some time there in my army cadet days. The Rover definitely needs saving especially as it was your first car. A great video

  7. Ewan Stewart

    Ewan Stewart

    5 dagen geleden

    why was the Green Hills of Tyrol needed? Nice touch though

  8. Steve Jones

    Steve Jones

    7 dagen geleden

    I did a Rover 25 to ZR Mk2 facelift conversion once. Didn't get around to painting it and ended up just scrapping it lol.

  9. Don Simon

    Don Simon

    7 dagen geleden

    Annie Simon USA: First was a Mazda but my love # 2 was a rusty Alfa. Fun car. Landed in the scrap heap of not my choice. And she was red and Her plate was HME 921N. Hermione.

  10. Krieg AufKreuz

    Krieg AufKreuz

    7 dagen geleden

    My second car was a red mg zr x power.

  11. Jase


    13 dagen geleden

    Rather not say my first car ... can we do for like fourth or fifth? - No! ok it was a Morris Marina 1.3 coupe style.

  12. Aristotelis Entertainment

    Aristotelis Entertainment

    14 dagen geleden

    Weirdly enough I saw a rover 25 two days ago. Are there any Rover parts available outside of the UK?

  13. DAVID 1301

    DAVID 1301

    16 dagen geleden

    Respect to the lance corporal

  14. Hakim Dridah

    Hakim Dridah

    17 dagen geleden

    A renault clio 1.5dci that my parents gave me.

  15. Gareth Salter

    Gareth Salter

    17 dagen geleden

    My first car too, was a Rover 25 1.4 impression 3dr in same red. Now dead, engine went (way after I had sold it)

  16. Tom Riggin

    Tom Riggin

    19 dagen geleden

    Oh wow... Ford... I'd love to work there. At that Ford shop

  17. Tom Riggin

    Tom Riggin

    19 dagen geleden

    Wait... The registration number is the same one still... How... Why... I'm confused

  18. Metalhead of Norway

    Metalhead of Norway

    19 dagen geleden

    how about turning it back to a Rover, sell the mg stuff

  19. SpoodarMiles


    19 dagen geleden

    Am i the only one that looks at some of the edinburgh images and thinks “I’ve driven there in Forza Horizon 4”

  20. gav woodruff

    gav woodruff

    20 dagen geleden

    Bet that pcm ecu can be remapped.

  21. David Rosenbaum

    David Rosenbaum

    20 dagen geleden

    You had me at, "We're in Edinburgh. "

  22. N0tDanish


    20 dagen geleden

    0:00 My man is playing FH4 with 4K Ultra graphics

  23. Josh Carter

    Josh Carter

    20 dagen geleden

    My first car is a 2011 Perodua Myvi, I picked it up today.

  24. ghotiiii1


    20 dagen geleden

    My first car was a 1989 MG Metro Turbo. Moved to Portugal, thrashed it for five years, married, had kids, got a decent car (four door Peugeot) and, since I could neither afford to run it or get parts, I sat it for another five years before giving it away to an eighteen year old (zero resale value for RHD over here). Last time I bumped into him, he told me he still drove it at weekends.

  25. Dankish


    21 dag geleden

    My first ever car was a rover 400 I was 18 at the time that car had 110k on it and I got it for £400. I remember I had so many memories with that car with my college friends. I would take random trips anywhere I wanted. In the end it died at 230k plus can't remember exact miles. But I drove that bad boy to it's death lol.

  26. dreams


    21 dag geleden

    they in forza bruh

  27. Shawn Campbell

    Shawn Campbell

    21 dag geleden

    I love the soldier way the bag pipes

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    Mattverick Games

    22 dagen geleden

    Pipein it out was beast lol

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  29. Smook


    22 dagen geleden

    lol map from fh4 in real life

  30. Philip 416 GTi

    Philip 416 GTi

    22 dagen geleden

    Nice video!! 👍👍

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  31. Konrad Sutowski

    Konrad Sutowski

    23 dagen geleden

    This car really paints a picture of what sort of a teenager Mike was. Such a boy racer. Mind you, I can't really talk, I had a Yaris on 18s with a cone filter and blacked out tail lights sooooo...

  32. Steve Mikre

    Steve Mikre

    24 dagen geleden

    1969 Buick Skylark (350 V8)...

  33. mike hay

    mike hay

    24 dagen geleden

    Haha, ma maw used to to say that to me (what's for you won't go by you)

  34. Kieran jones

    Kieran jones

    25 dagen geleden

    i had 1 of 14 rover 45 cvt's in the uk with a blown head

  35. Nobby199


    25 dagen geleden

    cant even get my first car out and about. cant even get a lesson :( waiting list is horrid

  36. seanaldo9187


    25 dagen geleden

    Watching this is brilliant. Monday 1st August 2005 - The day I passed my driving test Friday 12th August - The day I bought my first car....... R998 SCS, a VW Polo 1.4 CL finished in Dragon Green Sadly ended up being scrapped. I sold it to one of my mates when it had a knackered clutch for £250. He ended up putting a VR6 engine out a mk3 golf into it and then after being given the hurry up to move it from where he had it stored, he turned up to see it with a HIAB claw through the roof on the back of a flatbed What i would give to have that car back ☹

  37. Reverse_vr


    26 dagen geleden

    this is amazing I live just 10 min away from the place you picked the car up from and I always wondered why is just disappeared one day xd , I think it was about a year or 2 and a half ago when it vanished

  38. Chris Jefferies

    Chris Jefferies

    26 dagen geleden

    I miss my first car too it’s a Renault Clio 03 plate still on the road as well would love to get my hands on it again

  39. Steve Jeffery

    Steve Jeffery

    26 dagen geleden

    Thanks for a brill video hope theres more to first car was a vauxhall viva 1968 so will be long gone.Paid 95 quid for it.Those were the days lol.

  40. David Withey

    David Withey

    27 dagen geleden

    i always thought the K engine was poorly made but give it credit for starting then.

  41. Raymond Pettigrew

    Raymond Pettigrew

    27 dagen geleden

    This is in peniciulk I stay here lol

  42. michael simms

    michael simms

    28 dagen geleden

    MK3 cortina wtc 62l would love to find that now but i think its probably gone to the great scrapyard in the sky had the MGZR MX55 with factory full leather interior and all accessories fitted as a demo car for MG nice car but wasnt for me cant wait to see how car turns out subbed to watch restoration .



    28 dagen geleden

    Horizon vibes in the meanwhile

  44. Viktor Dimitrovski

    Viktor Dimitrovski

    29 dagen geleden

    wow seriously? I would go standalone and get it remapped.

  45. Wild 30Ksm

    Wild 30Ksm

    29 dagen geleden

    I remember my first car it was Citroen saxo 1.1 3dr in blue my dream idea was to engine swap it to 1.8 and turbocharged it and 6sp gearbox and really simple bodykit I still got the blueprint somewhere

  46. Rs200


    29 dagen geleden

    Hey its fh4

  47. Moshai Hoffenden

    Moshai Hoffenden

    29 dagen geleden

    They dont make cars like they used to

  48. banaanepit


    Maand geleden

    my first car is a 1993 citroen bx. and i knew how much regret people have selling their first car so i still have it. this year it will be 10 years of ownership

  49. Stigs Ukrainian Cousin

    Stigs Ukrainian Cousin

    Maand geleden

    Better fix that and tune it

  50. Alvin Byrd

    Alvin Byrd

    Maand geleden

    I'm from Houston Texas..and just subscribe to your channel..

  51. rob Kelly

    rob Kelly

    Maand geleden

    I’ll take the series 2 in the back there, thanks

  52. Rasmus Söderberg

    Rasmus Söderberg

    Maand geleden

    Noooo way They made The place from forza

  53. James Rowe

    James Rowe

    Maand geleden

    Easy to find out roughly how long it’s been, it expired on its MOT on 13th November 2016, so we looking at 4 and half to 5 years. (Unless Lance corporal was running it without an MOT)

  54. jordan scott

    jordan scott

    Maand geleden

    She need the 2.0 TD out the MG ZR 👌👌👌 no head gasket problem and more power

  55. Duncan McKenzie

    Duncan McKenzie

    Maand geleden

    As soon as I seen the the car in thumbnail I thought,there's one of them at Penicuik barracks...use to pass it everyday👌🏼

  56. Steve P

    Steve P

    Maand geleden

    Sweaty sock. Should have let it rot

  57. Acarsguy


    Maand geleden

    First car I owned was a g reg BMW 320i. No power steering. No abs. No electric windows, nothing. Had the amazing straight 6 engine and that was all I needed

  58. mainecracka


    Maand geleden

    My first car wash a 1984 Ford Thunderbird.

  59. Goofing home diy

    Goofing home diy

    Maand geleden

    Bin the K series engine get mad Ford to drop a zetec in

  60. Lee Kirkman

    Lee Kirkman

    Maand geleden

    Well i for one want to say thankyou for serving our country respect!

  61. William Cawley

    William Cawley

    Maand geleden

    First Car 1985 Chevy Cavalier the first car I learned how to drive in now it's a 2002 Honda Civic LX

  62. Bill Basher bill

    Bill Basher bill

    Maand geleden

    Bagpipes, a nice touch.

  63. T0n3zon3


    Maand geleden

    My first car was a 1979 Austin Allegro. Something went wrong with it pretty much every week I owned it so the likely skint and poor afflicted soul who currently has it now is welcome to it.

  64. Conchubhar beats

    Conchubhar beats

    Maand geleden

    ( disappointed to see it was a rover not an mg) Clicked asoon as I saw that zr, I had a blue one as my first car best thing ever I had to pop the bonnet and pull my alternator evertime I parked up befor I turned the engine off 😂😂😂 still best car ever tho

  65. Hector 2890

    Hector 2890

    Maand geleden

    forza vibes

  66. MyJunker Travels

    MyJunker Travels

    Maand geleden

    My first car was my favorite car. A land boat 83 Oldsmobile Delta 88 4 door wide body sedan.

  67. mrsockyman


    Maand geleden

    I had a Corsa C that I killed on the driveway, went to do the head gasket and freaked out seeing some cream in the oil afterwards, sold it for 175 euro but I'm pretty sure there was nothing wrong with it looking back now

  68. Martyn Hearn

    Martyn Hearn

    Maand geleden

    Your video got me thinking about all my old cars. My first one was a 1984 Nova swing. Red with a cream interior. I just did an MOT check for my all the cars I owned, and only the last 4 are still on the road 😞

  69. Jack Hattendorf

    Jack Hattendorf

    Maand geleden

    Great project for a great cause!!! My first car was a 1980 Olds Delta 88. We called the land yacht!

  70. danificationist


    Maand geleden

    Scenic 1 mk 2 in red 1.9 toi maybe 100 horses?? Bought off my dad who had put 200k odd miles on it, plenty of room for my mates and our road trips. Changed all the interior lights to green L.E.D’s because I was cool like that haha

  71. sdfs sds

    sdfs sds

    Maand geleden

    The quack pentagon biomechanically present because single distinctly try next a cloudy pizza. whispering, weary package

  72. n B

    n B

    Maand geleden

    How come people like you who are afraid to go around a track to fast end up haveing a car channrl

  73. Julian Bailey

    Julian Bailey

    Maand geleden

    My 1st car was a Mini Clubman 1.1 - Reg OOC 827R :)

  74. Samantha Kirkpatrick

    Samantha Kirkpatrick

    Maand geleden

    My first car was a 2003 Renault Clio known as Bubba, nothing fancy but I still have it, it was still a daily driver up until last year when I got a mini. People keep telling me to get rid but I have restoration plans for it because I know if I get rid I’ll forever regret it since I expect if it were traded in for anything they’d just scrap it. Love seeing older cars getting restored, seems too easy nowadays for people to just keep getting new cars

  75. Mayank Maximum

    Mayank Maximum

    Maand geleden

    Some day I would do this to my dads vw polo tdi mk5 i miss it

  76. Peter Simpson

    Peter Simpson

    Maand geleden

    Looks like the short lived 84bhp version. I drove one years ago and simply sawed off the plastic stopper on the throttle body... 103bhp... No ecu problems.

  77. C.C. ORR

    C.C. ORR

    Maand geleden

    Help! I can’t figure out what that old grey car is at the right hand side of the workshop, an old e30 or?

  78. Darren Wilson

    Darren Wilson

    Maand geleden

    Mine? A rusty 1971 Hillman Avenger DL - PCW 879 J

  79. Bennet


    Maand geleden

    Wow they made the city out of forza horizon 4 a real place!

  80. miata gaming

    miata gaming

    Maand geleden

    If he loves it so much why is he going to sell it again

  81. weegaz22


    Maand geleden

    Time to put a "proper" K series (K20,K24) instead of the current Rover K series in it.

  82. Waijaboi


    Maand geleden

    Eg hatchback... Well its my fathers first car and it is also my first car so im very happy aswell as my dad that the car is still on the family

  83. rimmersbryggeri


    Maand geleden

    Still have my fist car 2002 Mondeo Ghia Estate 2.0.

  84. Colin English

    Colin English

    Maand geleden

    I was a biker before I got into cars. My first car was a green Reliant Robin van. I could drive it on my motorbike licence which always struck me as odd, because it was nothing like a bike. My first proper car was a Hillman Minx in white. I drove it on my honeymoon. The car I remember most fondly was the Morris Marina 1.8 TC, as it went really quickly.

  85. David Murray

    David Murray

    Maand geleden

    Hi Mike my first car Was a Ford cortina mk2 1600e in gold and i loved it I part exchanged it for a Granada 2 ghia

  86. Raymond Mumford

    Raymond Mumford

    Maand geleden

    Just found your channel, Great video.

  87. Tony Craven

    Tony Craven

    Maand geleden

    Mk 2 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 L F912 BDH

  88. John Floyd

    John Floyd

    Maand geleden

    There's no rescuing my first car or any vehicles after that.. they're all trashed!!.. scrapped. No more

  89. Chris Edmonds

    Chris Edmonds

    Maand geleden

    Great to see you got the car! soldiers always always leave old cars on camp I know cos I was posted there

  90. Delta132


    Maand geleden

    This is amazing

  91. AutomobileStories


    Maand geleden

    0:00 - this is like Forza Horizon 4

  92. Andy Mc

    Andy Mc

    Maand geleden

    My first car was a white rover 200 and absolutely loved it,ended up getting scrapped after after it took flight over a speed bump and cracked the sump and gearbox 🙈 looking forward to seeing this series

  93. Graham Jones

    Graham Jones

    Maand geleden

    My first car was a 1982 Ford Cortina Mk5 1.6L in Carribean Blue, I bought it locally for £900, sadly it was involved in an RTC 3 weeks after I bought it. It suffered damage to the near side rear quarter which was somewhat repaired but it wasnt the same after and started to have problems. I ended up selling it to a friend for £100 when I becam unemployed and couldnt afford the upkeep of the car. I actually passed my driving test in the Cortina while I was waiting to get the car repaired so it still had the crash damage when I was taking the test.

  94. Mike Cochrane

    Mike Cochrane

    Maand geleden

    I’ve still got my first car. It’s now a works van 😂 and still got my first quick car never sell that 👌

  95. Yaamin Khan

    Yaamin Khan

    Maand geleden

    I subed his channel to see this car results in future.

  96. James Lewis

    James Lewis

    Maand geleden

    With all the rest of the work going on with this car it just seems wrong not to take off the limit on the air flow and get the engine re-mapped.

  97. StraxSilverhand


    Maand geleden

    My very first car doesn't exist anymore sadly, it was scrapped. It's too bad, I miss it every day, despite it being a shitbox

  98. ServiceSaab


    Maand geleden


  99. Liam Mills

    Liam Mills

    Maand geleden

    Who else misses their first car?

  100. Dave Chincito

    Dave Chincito

    Maand geleden

    We barely get updates on the current projects , how will you cope with another 😂