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

    18 päivää sitten

    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

      7 päivää sitten

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

    • Cameron Brown

      Cameron Brown

      10 päivää sitten

      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


      10 päivää sitten

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

    • ABlue Biker

      ABlue Biker

      11 päivää sitten

      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

      12 päivää sitten

      @jimmy hughes k series .... lol

  2. Kody Grabowski

    Kody Grabowski

    5 tuntia sitten

    I wish i could have my first car back but i accidently burnt it to the ground Dx

  3. Steve W

    Steve W

    6 tuntia sitten

    my first car was a Mini 1275 GT 1970.

  4. Graham Sibbert

    Graham Sibbert

    8 tuntia sitten

    Haha, my first car was an Austen 10. I don’t think there is much chance of me finding it in an old army barracks. What a find if it was eh ?

  5. Richard Gardner

    Richard Gardner

    19 tuntia sitten

    My first car was a foucs mk1 made to look like an rs mk1 then a mariva b vxr

  6. Alishaan 2002

    Alishaan 2002

    21 tunti sitten

    My first car is currently a Skoda Karoq SE L 2021, it's a 1.0L TSI with 110bhp, such a beautiful car and not well known.

  7. Dean G

    Dean G

    Päivä sitten

    I had one of these for my 2nd car, a Rover 25 I converted to a MG ZR, have you considered a metal throttle body conversion from the 1.8 ZR and de-restricting the butterfly valve to open the throttle up fully, combined with a gearbox from the 1.8 ZR. Makes a huge difference to the car. Also had the head port and polished while the head was off repairing the headgaskst.

  8. Siddich


    Päivä sitten

    yeah, of course you wanted to dwal with the car wreck... ;-) had 3 years for that!!!!

  9. Reece Coleman

    Reece Coleman

    Päivä sitten

    I had a 52 plate mg zs for my first car was my mums old car 😂

  10. Adam Scawn

    Adam Scawn

    Päivä sitten

    Why 😂

  11. 9erner


    Päivä sitten

    I still have my first car

  12. Melanie Rhianna

    Melanie Rhianna

    Päivä sitten

    I have an MG ZR sitting outside my house which was my daily driver until the head gasket went. Work and life meant its been sat there for a few years waiting for me to find the time to rebuild it.

  13. Melanie Rhianna

    Melanie Rhianna

    Päivä sitten

    My first car was a 1200 cc 1973 VW Beetle. It was rotten throughout. My first 'proper' car was a 3 year old Rover Metro GTI 1400 Multipoint. It was a hoot to drive. I would love one now although I'd consider putting the 1800 K series in it for extra madness.

  14. Dilbics Inc.

    Dilbics Inc.

    2 päivää sitten

    6:55 Why is the coolant reservoir completely full?

  15. Mike Butt

    Mike Butt

    2 päivää sitten

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

  16. iPhone Punker

    iPhone Punker

    2 päivää sitten

    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.

  17. Mr Nigel

    Mr Nigel

    2 päivää sitten

    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!

  18. Danny b DJB

    Danny b DJB

    2 päivää sitten

    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.

  19. Adrian Hernandez

    Adrian Hernandez

    2 päivää sitten

    K series of Honda motor?

  20. Peter Harris

    Peter Harris

    2 päivää sitten

    My first car was a mk5 cortina y reg in cream

  21. alankenn81


    2 päivää sitten

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

  22. Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    2 päivää sitten

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

  23. Chris Hamilton

    Chris Hamilton

    3 päivää sitten

    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.

  24. Mark Burford

    Mark Burford

    3 päivää sitten

    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!

  25. Benny channel

    Benny channel

    3 päivää sitten

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

  26. Alen Hauge

    Alen Hauge

    3 päivää sitten

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

  27. S Dadi

    S Dadi

    3 päivää sitten

    Forza 4 place lol

  28. United RC Bros

    United RC Bros

    3 päivää sitten

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

  29. Robert Bramley

    Robert Bramley

    3 päivää sitten

    my first car was a 1966 Pontiac GTO 396 4 speed

    • Robert Bramley

      Robert Bramley

      3 päivää sitten

      389 4 seed

  30. Cortez


    3 päivää sitten

    Forza vibes intentifie...

  31. slybunda


    3 päivää sitten

    headgasket bust car was dumped. standard for rover.

  32. Furyo


    3 päivää sitten

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

  33. Steve Thorne

    Steve Thorne

    3 päivää sitten

    Clutch went out from burnouts haha

  34. Ball SNow

    Ball SNow

    3 päivää sitten

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

  35. Ball SNow

    Ball SNow

    3 päivää sitten

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

  36. Andrei Arama

    Andrei Arama

    3 päivää sitten

    Pulls up the hood : the engine is present!

  37. Hunts By Chainsaw

    Hunts By Chainsaw

    4 päivää sitten

    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.

  38. Jack Lovell

    Jack Lovell

    4 päivää sitten

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

  39. William Cherrington

    William Cherrington

    4 päivää sitten

    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.

  40. Mark Boz

    Mark Boz

    4 päivää sitten

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

  41. cwuzii


    4 päivää sitten

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

  42. Lord _ Scrubington

    Lord _ Scrubington

    4 päivää sitten

    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

  43. Danny H The retro gaming master

    Danny H The retro gaming master

    4 päivää sitten

    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

  44. jackson ;

    jackson ;

    4 päivää sitten

    9:18 plot of Get Out summarised in 2 seconds

  45. darthgardner


    4 päivää sitten

    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.!

  46. Gerry songs

    Gerry songs

    4 päivää sitten

    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.

  47. david whitehouse

    david whitehouse

    4 päivää sitten

    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.

  48. Paddy Kelly

    Paddy Kelly

    4 päivää sitten

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

  49. Hλlf Baked Cake

    Hλlf Baked Cake

    4 päivää sitten

    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.

  50. Darren 1984

    Darren 1984

    5 päivää sitten

    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

  51. Laws Email

    Laws Email

    5 päivää sitten

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

  52. Fake Channel

    Fake Channel

    5 päivää sitten

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

  53. Chris Van Middelkoop

    Chris Van Middelkoop

    5 päivää sitten

    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.

  54. Chris Van Middelkoop

    Chris Van Middelkoop

    5 päivää sitten

    I love Edenborough! lol

  55. ewan stewart

    ewan stewart

    5 päivää sitten

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

  56. T    MBTA F40PH 1067

    T MBTA F40PH 1067

    5 päivää sitten

    13:50 that will TOTALY pass emissions lol

  57. Dynamicoa


    5 päivää sitten

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

  58. Tyler Cai

    Tyler Cai

    5 päivää sitten


  59. Si Crewe

    Si Crewe

    5 päivää sitten

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

  60. João Lima

    João Lima

    6 päivää sitten

    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!

  61. petayV8


    6 päivää sitten

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

  62. Project_Calais


    6 päivää sitten

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

  63. Eli Daw

    Eli Daw

    6 päivää sitten

    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.

  64. Kyramodel


    6 päivää sitten

    hey they stole this from forza horizon 4

  65. Karman Studio

    Karman Studio

    6 päivää sitten

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

  66. marie seaward

    marie seaward

    6 päivää sitten

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

  67. Master Basser

    Master Basser

    6 päivää sitten

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

  68. Angus Farrell

    Angus Farrell

    6 päivää sitten

    Please just host top gear already.

  69. Ian Johnstone

    Ian Johnstone

    6 päivää sitten

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

  70. Jak Haughton

    Jak Haughton

    6 päivää sitten

    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.

  71. sherwinnick24


    6 päivää sitten

    Mine was a Citron Visa 1.1 C Reg

  72. Justin Leonard

    Justin Leonard

    7 päivää sitten

    Lol I crushed my first car

  73. Rainbow Rising

    Rainbow Rising

    7 päivää sitten

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

  74. Timsalt3100


    7 päivää sitten

    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

  75. Elijah Gior

    Elijah Gior

    7 päivää sitten

    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.

  76. JONNY VT


    7 päivää sitten

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

  77. John Barnes

    John Barnes

    7 päivää sitten

    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

  78. Patrick H

    Patrick H

    7 päivää sitten

    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 😳

  79. neilcoo


    7 päivää sitten

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

  80. Iain O

    Iain O

    7 päivää sitten


  81. harry oakes

    harry oakes

    7 päivää sitten

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

  82. RoseOfHizaki


    7 päivää sitten

    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.

  83. Subham De

    Subham De

    7 päivää sitten

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

  84. LTK


    8 päivää sitten

    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.

  85. Xiamara Mu

    Xiamara Mu

    8 päivää sitten

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

  86. Pe Ter

    Pe Ter

    8 päivää sitten

    This will be the most expensive rover 25 in the world

  87. Andrew moffatt

    Andrew moffatt

    8 päivää sitten

    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 💩

  88. Knurd Entertainment

    Knurd Entertainment

    8 päivää sitten

    84 Trans Am. Still wish I had it.

  89. QuidRigz


    8 päivää sitten

    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

  90. MylesHSG


    8 päivää sitten

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

    • MylesHSG


      6 päivää sitten

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

    • Skylined


      6 päivää sitten

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

  91. quarry hunslets are the best

    quarry hunslets are the best

    8 päivää sitten

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

  92. Lee Bowman

    Lee Bowman

    8 päivää sitten

    Wouldn’t KMAPS be able to sort the mapping?

  93. Kyle Telfer

    Kyle Telfer

    8 päivää sitten

    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.

  94. Karl Bolton

    Karl Bolton

    8 päivää sitten

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

  95. Jake


    8 päivää sitten

    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!

  96. SimonK


    8 päivää sitten

    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?

  97. Martin Cassels

    Martin Cassels

    8 päivää sitten

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

  98. Mr Odin

    Mr Odin

    8 päivää sitten

    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 😓

  99. Hristo Dimitrov

    Hristo Dimitrov

    8 päivää sitten

    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 😄

  100. Paul Wisdom (TheChinlessNinja)

    Paul Wisdom (TheChinlessNinja)

    8 päivää sitten

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