Some of the cars Dean has owned

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I am a Petrolhead. These are some of the cars I have owned, as well as tons of Minis!

You will obviously notice I have had a lot of BMW's which I love despite BMW making me change the business name - it was only business and not personal. I think BMW's feel a bit like Minis in that you feel the road and they are quite positive in the way they drive, just like Minis.

The BMW M5 has always been a car I dreamt of owning but never thought I would; I'm lucky that my business gives me the opportunity to have such cars. M5's are awesome with supercar performance but much cheaper and generally more reliable, you can also transport the family in full comfort. Another one of my favourites is the Land Rover Discovery and Classic Ranger Rover.

For those of you who are thinking I have had a lot of cars that are NOT minis you are right but I have and always will love Mini's. I might not drive one as an every day car but I still spend more time with and around Minis than almost anyone reading this does. I work with them everyday of the week, I drive different ones every day so I have a job that embraces my passion for Minis.

These cars are not in date order of ownership.

If you want to know or ask any questions about any of these cars, please email me. You might even own some of them!

BMW E39 M5

My 4th M5 E39 model 5L 6 speed manual V8 400bhp!!

SOLD it end of May 08. I still have a black arm band on!

Mercedes E320 CDi W211

This was our family car: Mercedes E320 CDi Diesel and 35-40mpg but still 200bhp

Sold in June 2008. Currently using a BMW 525d Touring.

2001 Land Rover Discovery TD5

51 plate ES Auto TD5 my current Transit as I call it.

Yes a very posh Transit but this pulls the trailer (I might be a mini specialist but I have a trailer that will carry over 2ton and very often does so a 4x4 is legally essential), tows Minis, takes Howard (family Labrador) into the fields, carries 7 people when required and is often filled with Mini bits and pieces.

Theses 4x4's are a lot more versatile than they are given credit for.

Triumph TR6

My TR6. Another car I have always wanted to own.

I bought this 2 years ago with the intention of restoring it myself.

It is now stripped and in pieces in the back of the work shop as many of you will know - one day this picture will be replaced with a shiny new one!!

BMW E34 M5

1st BMW M5 I bought, E34 model 3.6L straight 6 with 315bhp, had done 170,000 miles, car was great but needed new tyres, discs/pads all round & a full service, but it was cheap.

The alloys where not the original ones but did the job. Genuine alloys are wide on the rear with wider tyres. This car I sold to someone in the village who still owns it.

BMW E34 M5

2nd M5 I bought; a much cleaner original example.

Same 3.6l 315bhp unit but this one had added extras such as heated seats, detachable tow bar and FSH.

I actually towed a mini van (with A frame) to near Jodrell Bank , Cheshire. This M5 I sold and then bought back and sold again - it was such a nice car.

BMW E34 M5

3rd M5 (told you I liked them!) Later model E34 3.8L straight 6 with 340bhp. Just awesome and such build quality.

Land Rover Discovery

One of the many Land Rovers we have owned. This one was a 3.9L V8 we had converted to run on a sequential gas system.

Mk II VW Golf GTI

Classic Mk II Golf GTI. Saw this in an auction - could not resist.

BMW 728i SE

BMW 728 SE; my wife thinks this is one of the nicest family cars she has ever owned.

I sold it from under her feet - something I have done a little too often for her liking!

BMW 325i Touring E30

BMW E30 325i, one of BMW's great cars the E30, although I only like the convertibles and the touring as seen here (one of 4 I have owned.)

Mercedes E320 CDi

Mercedes E320 CDi with factory fitted AMG alloys. Great car. One of our family buses.

BMW E36 328i Touring

Another auction find. 3-Series 328i SE. It had done 198,000 miles with FBMWSH and it drove without fault and everything worked.

Bit too small for me even though I do not find Minis too small! BMW's should be big with loads of power for me.

Land Rover 200 TDi

One of many. I think this was the 1st one I bought.

Good old 200 TDi, sluggish but go anywhere.

Range Rover Vogue SE 3.9 V8

Vogue SE 3.9 V8 converted to LPG.

I love these classic Ranger Rovers. I have had 5 of them.

This was the last. I had to sell when the local LPG station closed so I went to Discoveries.

Land Rover Discovery TD5

TD5 ES Auto. Another family bus used for about a year.

Excellent people carrier as well with 7 forward facing seats.

Personally I would prefer this to a standard people carrier and at around 27mpg they are not to bad to run

Toyota Landcruiser

Dare I say it possibly better than a Land Rover.

Wonderful large 4x4. Great 4.2 TDi engine BUT only 16mpg so just too expensive to run for me.

BMW E39 525tds touring

Another of the family buses. Excellent straight 6 diesel engine and superb BMW build quality.

BMW E34 540i Touring

BMW 540i Touring E34.

Great V8 engine and many people say a 540i s a good alternative to an M5 but take it from me they are not; an M5 is another dimension.

I have had three 540's and four M5's so I speak from experience.

Don't get me wrong 540's are still great cars if you are considering one, and best as automatics, BUT an M5 is the real deal.

BMW E30 325i convertible

Another BMW classic in my opinion but must be a 325i so you get 175bhp.

The 320's look as good but you will always miss the extra BHP.

One of two I have owned but I cannot find a picture of the first.

Mitsubishi Shogun SWB TD

1984 Shogun SWB TD . One of the 1st 4x4's I had before I got into real ones (Land Rovers)

Great Little car and very good on fuel but corroded like hell!

BMW E39 530d Touring

BMW 530d Touring Auto. I have never had an E39 Diesel. Saw it on eBay, bid & WON!

Had to put all new brakes/tyres; the car itself was great but the last owner had not looked after it so well.

So I tried it for a month or so. Superb car very well built.

(PS the web designer has one of these too - We've been servicing it for him for the last few years. He swears by it; it gives him 40MPG cruising at 80 all day across France with 5 passengers and full luggage!)

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