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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  • Mike DriveTribe
    Mike DriveTribe17 dager siden

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

  • Steven Erskine

    Steven Erskine

    5 dager siden

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

  • Cameron Brown

    Cameron Brown

    8 dager siden

    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


    8 dager siden

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

  • ABlue Biker

    ABlue Biker

    9 dager siden

    How did you manage to buy the car back then, what was the back story when you asked about the car? So many questions haha

  • cpo sky

    cpo sky

    10 dager siden

    @jimmy hughes k series .... lol

  • Dilbics Inc.
    Dilbics Inc.7 timer siden

    6:55 Why is the coolant reservoir completely full?

  • Mike Butt
    Mike Butt10 timer siden

    The limiter thing is nonsense, it’s common knowledge you can just swap the Rover parts for equivalent MG to gain extra power

  • iPhone Punker
    iPhone Punker12 timer siden

    I still own my first car but she is broken and I don't have the money to spare to bring here back from the dead, My first car was a 2003 Alfa Romeo 147 Lusso Selespeed 1.9L 16V Petrol. the Selespeed Gearbox Actuator is broken and they are not known to be reliable in anyway I do miss the car though.

  • Mr Nigel
    Mr Nigel16 timer siden

    My 1st car? Bought in 1977 it was a 1964 green/white roof Mini Cooper reg# BRS 579B. I lived in Leeds and worked in London and it went up/down the M1/A1 for a couple of years. Ended up with a fibreglass fronted meaning I could change the engine in a day easily. Ended up with a 1275 engine in it before I swapped it for a Rover 3500. A much nicer commute!

  • Danny b DJB
    Danny b DJB17 timer siden

    1st car renualt megane 1.4 2nd mg zr+105 3rd mg zr 105 4th fiesta st 150 5th focus st mk2 2.5 6th focus 1.8 diesel 😴 7th mondeo st estate 2.2 8th vw bora v5 2.3 9th audi a4 2.0 170 10th bmw convertible 2.5. Currently for sale.

  • Adrian Hernandez
    Adrian Hernandez18 timer siden

    K series of Honda motor?

  • Peter Harris
    Peter Harris18 timer siden

    My first car was a mk5 cortina y reg in cream

  • alankenn81
    alankenn8120 timer siden

    I still have my first car 94 Honda Integra in my shed

  • Jojo Rabbit
    Jojo Rabbit22 timer siden

    My first car was a Hillman Imp,I never want to see it again.

  • Chris Hamilton
    Chris HamiltonDag siden

    My first car was a Rover too. I suspect that due to the effects of rust, it’s all around us now as it has turned to dust. When I flogged it for £300 19 years ago, the only thing on it that hadn’t rusted was the interior. Solid engine though. I wouldn’t be shocked if parts of that K Series workhorse were still in use.

  • Mark Burford
    Mark BurfordDag siden

    First Car Rover 416 SLI, The 1.6 Ltr had the same point with the throttle flap, wound it out to full no issues for the 70k miles that I drove it after making the change, but like all rovers things come to a drastic end clutch failed, gearbox failed bye bye rover!

  • Benny channel
    Benny channelDag siden

    First legal car was suzuki Baleno. Fave car out of all my cars was lexis gs300 one that I regret selling

  • Alen Hauge
    Alen HaugeDag siden

    Id be glad to get back my second car..which was Alfa romeo 159

  • S Dadi
    S DadiDag siden

    Forza 4 place lol

  • United RC Bros
    United RC BrosDag siden

    I had a 1.4 zr atomix wicked little car, regret selling it as it just had character

  • Robert Bramley
    Robert BramleyDag siden

    my first car was a 1966 Pontiac GTO 396 4 speed

  • Robert Bramley

    Robert Bramley

    Dag siden

    389 4 seed

  • Cortez
    CortezDag siden

    Forza vibes intentifie...

  • slybunda
    slybundaDag siden

    headgasket bust car was dumped. standard for rover.

  • Furyo
    Furyo2 dager siden

    That video was absolutely great Can’t wait to see what’s next for that rover

  • Steve Thorne
    Steve Thorne2 dager siden

    Clutch went out from burnouts haha

  • Ball SNow
    Ball SNow2 dager siden

    Thank you for spending your valuable time just to make a video, This is really a wonderful video.

  • Ball SNow
    Ball SNow2 dager siden

    Thank you for spending your valuable time just to make a video, This is really a wonderful video. Recommend to everyone the app

  • Andrei Arama
    Andrei Arama2 dager siden

    Pulls up the hood : the engine is present!

  • Hunts By Chainsaw
    Hunts By Chainsaw2 dager siden

    Yeah I don't want my first car back, or my second, or my third... I've owned about 25 cars not many of them I would want back. In fact now that I think of it, you couldn't give me back most of them even if they were fully restored on someone else's dime.

  • Jack Lovell
    Jack Lovell2 dager siden

    My first car is a 6th gen sx Celica and I've still got it

  • William Cherrington
    William Cherrington2 dager siden

    Great rescue guys, these are worth saving, still cheap to buy, prices are very slowly going up. All the best in getting her back on the road...from a fellow R3 Rover owner.

  • Mark Boz
    Mark Boz2 dager siden

    Mini 1275gt for £300 in 1989, of course I regret it.

  • cwuzii
    cwuzii2 dager siden

    Soooooo why didn’t you just get an MG ZR then?

  • Lord _ Scrubington
    Lord _ Scrubington2 dager siden

    I think selling a first car is kinda just part of owning cars. It happens, and people should move on. Its crazy that you were able to get this to happen, but IDK if I would do the same thing

  • Danny H The retro gaming master
    Danny H The retro gaming master2 dager siden

    I'd love to have my old MG ZR back but something tells me it is no longer around as it hasn't been mot'd since 2015

  • jackson ;
    jackson ;2 dager siden

    9:18 plot of Get Out summarised in 2 seconds

  • darthgardner
    darthgardner2 dager siden

    Wonder what my 96 rover 214si (bubble) looks like as its been sat in my garage getting filthy for about same time 5 yrs, last time i see it it had about 59,000 on it and just a noisy clutch release bearing,and had just one tiny bit of a paint off near rear wash wipe,but imaculate paint and interior,i just cant be bothered to go look at it bet the thing has seen better days ;) after this time.!

  • Gerry songs
    Gerry songs2 dager siden

    My first car was a Bugeye Sprite for $50 with a broken axle shaft and burnt valves. Second car was a TR-3 for $500. The funny thing about both of those cars was they were already considered classics even though they were less than 15 years old.

  • david whitehouse
    david whitehouse2 dager siden

    my first car was a 1976 datsun 120y in blue, 2 door, i did 110 mph in it on the M54 and it very nearly fell to bits, it had many electrical problems like you turn heater on & radio comes on, in the end the wiring burned out & it caught fire, i payed £80 for it in 1984 which in those days would buy you over 100 pints of lager in the pub.

  • Paddy Kelly
    Paddy Kelly3 dager siden

    Someone on Facebook was looking for the owner of this bout a year back lol

  • Hλlf Baked Cake
    Hλlf Baked Cake3 dager siden

    I really miss my first car... A 1987 Buick Delta 88. It was in an accident (originally a Buick LeSabre) so the back half was a Buick and the front half was an Oldsmobile.

  • Darren 1984
    Darren 19843 dager siden

    I’m a ex infantryman, I done my phase 1 training at glencourse , great memories from there as we were the last training platoon out of those barracks before it became home to 2 Scots. I then went to my unit 1 Scots just down the road and had a amazing 12 years in the military before I left . Love this story and il follow it all the way until the end 👍👍👍 congrats

  • Laws Email
    Laws Email3 dager siden

    One of my first cars was a ax gt , 92 reg . Quick car but wouldn’t like to have a accident in it 😂

  • Fake Channel
    Fake Channel3 dager siden

    I've seen that car many times how can you forget where you parked your car

  • Chris Van Middelkoop
    Chris Van Middelkoop3 dager siden

    Yeah I still have my first car. a 1967 beetle. It is tough being an adult and getting 50 year old cars running but I have been gathering parts to one day have some time to put the thing back together. I was hoping it was in the cards for me this year but I really have to think about moving to a different state and starting a new job and all the related costs and requirements for that.

  • Chris Van Middelkoop
    Chris Van Middelkoop3 dager siden

    I love Edenborough! lol

  • ewan stewart
    ewan stewart3 dager siden

    They were a great little car and few and far between now 👍🏻

  • T    MBTA F40PH 1067
    T MBTA F40PH 10673 dager siden

    13:50 that will TOTALY pass emissions lol

  • Dynamicoa
    Dynamicoa4 dager siden

    My first was a Volvo 740.. And i really don't want it back 🤣

  • Tyler Cai
    Tyler Cai4 dager siden


  • Si Crewe
    Si Crewe4 dager siden

    As Oscar Wilde might have said... To own a Rover once is unfortunate. To own one twice looks like masochism.

  • João Lima
    João Lima4 dager siden

    I am from Brasília/Brazil with 21 years old and my first and currently car (which I share with my mom), is a red Hyundai HB20, hatch version. It´s like a poorer cousin of Hyundai I20! It has 80 horsepower and 2180,3 lb. Was favricated in 2013! His spefication is nice for the city world and the suspension is perfect and robust for our demaged brazilian roads. His name is "João de Barro" (Rufous Hornero bird, endemic bird species of South America), because we wash the car very rarely and "Barro" can mean "Clay" as "João" is my first name, so it's a match ;). I am pretend to modificate it when I will be the only onwer (In the past month, my mom tried to sell it to buy a new car). So, I will upgrade it to reach, at least, 100 hp, also put new and wider wheels and repaint it. It's the car for my entire life and I will never get rid of it! My love forever!

  • petayV8
    petayV84 dager siden

    I had the same first car and definitely do not wish to have it again lol

  • Project_Calais
    Project_Calais4 dager siden

    The scary part is you can see it on Google Maps Earth view and street view just sitting there.

  • Eli Daw
    Eli Daw4 dager siden

    This is just the most perfect video. His first car found by accident, it's the new owners first car and he just happened to be able to get hold of the recently returned soldier, as well as the car. Just wow.

  • Kyramodel
    Kyramodel4 dager siden

    hey they stole this from forza horizon 4

  • Karman Studio
    Karman Studio4 dager siden

    Hey they made the city from Forza Horizon 4 IRL wow!

  • marie seaward
    marie seaward4 dager siden

    My first car...bought in 1988, Daihatsu charade, less than a one litre, sounded like a sewing machine 😂

  • Master Basser
    Master Basser4 dager siden

    have they never heard about remapping the car..... what...

  • Angus Farrell
    Angus Farrell4 dager siden

    Please just host top gear already.

  • Ian Johnstone
    Ian Johnstone4 dager siden

    Mike has a lovely soothing presenter voice, I think he should host his own CAR S.O.S-type series on BBC.

  • Jak Haughton
    Jak Haughton5 dager siden

    Cars have some sort of ‘spiritual’ attachment. Not all cars but some. I’d love to know where my old green mini with a white roof. Loved that car.

  • sherwinnick24
    sherwinnick245 dager siden

    Mine was a Citron Visa 1.1 C Reg

  • Justin Leonard
    Justin Leonard5 dager siden

    Lol I crushed my first car

  • Rainbow Rising
    Rainbow Rising5 dager siden

    Fit like? My first car was a “Hillman Avenger”

  • Timsalt3100
    Timsalt31005 dager siden

    First car was a smart loved her until she got written off by a taxi driver who ran into her currently driving a fiat 500 called trixie

  • Elijah Gior
    Elijah Gior5 dager siden

    My first car at the age of 16 was a 4.6L V8 Crown Vic Police Interceptor.. I had a shotgun rack and computer desk in the front, a spot light, and even a full gun locker in the trunk. Me and my friends would pile in and do donuts in the parking lot of our high school in the middle of the night. LOL fun times.

    JONNY VT5 dager siden

    I'd have checked the timing belt n then turned it over with no ign, to get oil pressure up, j

  • John Barnes
    John Barnes5 dager siden

    Unfortunately I had one of those disasters, head gasket went clutch went prematurely window regulator calved and died .. etc etc . And I was a serving Soldier at the time too

  • Patrick H
    Patrick H5 dager siden

    Fabulous stuff. My first car (when everyone was starting with escorts n fiestas) was a 1968 FD Victor , 3sp Column change bench seat (Randall n Hopkirk shape) I certainly wish I still had it now 😳

  • neilcoo
    neilcoo5 dager siden

    Congrats you probably spent at least 5 grand on restoring a car worth maybe 500.

  • Iain O
    Iain O5 dager siden


  • harry oakes
    harry oakes5 dager siden

    Used to see that car all the time when it was parked up

  • RoseOfHizaki
    RoseOfHizaki5 dager siden

    Looks like the guy you sold the car to initial was a bit of a hoonigan. Could have also been the LCpl but i dont think so.

  • Subham De
    Subham De6 dager siden

    Meanwhile me not having a car coz I cannot afford one in my country...because it's hella expensive

  • LTK
    LTK6 dager siden

    1975 Toyota Celica GT. 7 years old when I bought it. Came in yellow. I painted it black. Started to rust & sold it after 3 years.

  • Xiamara Mu
    Xiamara Mu6 dager siden

    my dad still has his 1st car. a 1965 lwd diesel land rover.

  • Pe Ter
    Pe Ter6 dager siden

    This will be the most expensive rover 25 in the world

  • Andrew moffatt
    Andrew moffatt6 dager siden

    As much as I would love my first car back mine would be worth having a classic mini F517JVL but thats a rover 25 I'd leave it where it is they drive terrible build quality is appalling water pumps renowned for failure head gasket they're simply the nicest looking worse car you could ever own they are 💩

  • Knurd Entertainment
    Knurd Entertainment6 dager siden

    84 Trans Am. Still wish I had it.

  • QuidRigz
    QuidRigz6 dager siden

    Love this, my brother had a zr in that colour, i absolutely adored it, sadly lost track of it a few years back after a collision, would give anything to see it again. These cars are becoming rarer by the day so to see one being restored is amazing

  • MylesHSG
    MylesHSG6 dager siden

    No no, I'm happy for my Rover 25 to never be in my life again 😂

  • MylesHSG


    4 dager siden

    @Skylined Yeah that was my 2nd car, had a Rover 25 as my first

  • Skylined


    4 dager siden

    Isn't that a Toyota MoreRust2 in your profile pic though?

  • quarry hunslets are the best
    quarry hunslets are the best6 dager siden

    13:25, revving from cold, why? he must know your not meant to do that, some mechanic

  • Lee Bowman
    Lee Bowman6 dager siden

    Wouldn’t KMAPS be able to sort the mapping?

  • Kyle Telfer
    Kyle Telfer6 dager siden

    My first car was a five dour K10 March (Micra) 1.0 with a 4spd manual. It was ridiculously quick -in my mind- but that's because it buzzed and rattled and vibrated along with the engine which you had to wring out to get anywhere even moderately quick. It was bullied on the road by the draft of passing vehicles and cross winds. It was great. Had it long enough to love it, but not nearly long enough modify it in any way. And aside from a set of tyres, nothing went wrong with it while I had it. Keep in mind that this car was 13 years old when I got it.

  • Karl Bolton
    Karl Bolton6 dager siden

    My first car was a rover 25, I now have 3 metros and a rover 45!! Lol

  • Jake
    Jake6 dager siden

    My first was an Audi A3 1.8T -00. I was 18 year old and I obviously thought I was the king of the road in my Audi. The car was plenty fast though with 150hp with only 1300kg. I borrowed it to a friend who needed a towing hook and a few hours later I got a phone call that she had put it in a ditch. It was messed up pretty bad with busted springs, wheel alignment, broken back window and big damage on the bodywork. My dad knocked out the dents, resprayed the body and replaced the broken parts. Now my sister owns it and drive it everyday and it's got 170 000 miles on the clock!

  • SimonK
    SimonK6 dager siden

    Unless I missed it, you didn't state when you owned the car (other than you were 17) and I've no idea how old you are now. I assume early 30s, so how long ago was it, 15 years?

  • Martin Cassels
    Martin Cassels6 dager siden

    Should’ve scrapped it! Spent the money on something worthwhile

  • Mr Odin
    Mr Odin6 dager siden

    Jealous you found your first! I'd love to get my first car back, but it was utterly wrecked by a tradie on his phone - total write off 😓

  • Hristo Dimitrov
    Hristo Dimitrov6 dager siden

    That brought me so much memories. My first car was an '01 MG ZR TD. And my second car.. And my third car... And my fourth car... And then I went the Audi route 😄

  • Paul Wisdom
    Paul Wisdom7 dager siden

    Well, seeing as the engine is out... Might as well find a 1.8T donor 🙄😂

  • Shannen Mackenzie
    Shannen Mackenzie7 dager siden

    mgzr was my 2nd car, love it, never missed a beat or let me down 🚙

  • Skylined


    4 dager siden

    Great little cars. Had a 1.4 25 (still got!) And it was a belting little motor. I've had a few since including a Megane RS, couple of Imprezas, V8 5 series and a Golf VR6, loved them all but my little 25 is one of my favourites!

  • Christopher Marsh
    Christopher Marsh7 dager siden

    such a shame that you are selling the car :(

  • Dutch FSX Channel
    Dutch FSX Channel7 dager siden

    I don't have a driving licence yet, but I think my first car will be a total classic. Namely a Citroën 2cv Fourgennette (Citroen 2cv van). My dad as one, so I will drive it too.

  • Jim Builds
    Jim Builds7 dager siden

    I didn't sell my first car, it should be back on the road in the next few weeks after a full restoration. I'm looking forward to seeing the rover back on the road

  • AmvC
    AmvC7 dager siden

    "i drive A MG" ;)

  • MyDailyUpload
    MyDailyUpload7 dager siden

    As a southern (USA) kid I was a huge Smokey and the Bandit fan, so my first car was a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am. I sold it for $600 or $800 (forget now) to a kid 20 or 25 years ago. It's probably went to the junk yard not long after that as it was pretty rough even when I got rid of it.

  • Jack Nelson
    Jack Nelson7 dager siden

    well the Scottish army does not exist

  • Tommy Fennell
    Tommy Fennell7 dager siden

    My first car was a 54 plate corsa 1.2 🤣👌🏼. Still going on it’s 9th owner 😁😆

  • Simon Ellis
    Simon Ellis7 dager siden

    Vauxhall viva 2door coupe

  • Øyvind Hanstad
    Øyvind Hanstad7 dager siden

    Great car and video😁🇳🇴 My first car was axVolvo 240 GLE, 1986 with sunroof and 5 speed gearbox😎

  • Mark wagar
    Mark wagar7 dager siden

    still have my first car. 1988 mk2 golf cl. had it just over three years now. recently taken off daily duties and now being mad into a track car with the orginal 1.6 engine - 8vclgolf on instagram.

  • Dian Elizer
    Dian Elizer7 dager siden

    Forza horaizon graphic is getting crazy