The fact that Ford is celebrating its hundred years in Cork this year brings back memories of our first car. It was a sleek grey, Ford Anglia. I remember the gleaming seats and the intoxicating scent of newly polished leather. I also remember my brother nearly slamming the car door on my Grandfather’s fingers which he snatched out of the way just in time and my mother whipping my brother out of the car and giving him a clout across the ear for being so careless! I even recall the number plate: MIF 981. The excitement I felt when we purchased our first car has never been replicated! Those were the days when they manufactured real cars – even if you needed a private oil well to keep them going!