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For one young man from Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, a first Subaru was never going to be enough and his second one would possess a sense of purpose, on which his time, his location and his experiences were never going to falter, as he informed Iain Robertson.

oads of people talk about the ‘north-south divide’ with an air of authority. Politicians sort of believe that it scarcely exists and they would hardly be the first people to face up to the local knowledge, especially should you be living in Newcastle, or anywhere north of Watford Gap for that matter, that obtaining and selling modified cars is not the easiest of achievements. Well, away from the wine and canapés set of the prosperous south-east, there exists innumerable hives of activity in the north east, which in Lee ‘Gipa’ Gibson’s case was more a hive of hyperactivity. Now 25 years of age, the trained vehicle mechanic has been a car fanatic for most of his life. He started in the inimitable manner of most go-getters on a diet of relatively ancient daily runners that included Mark I Golfs and even a 2.0-litre Calibra- engined Corsa (“Now that was dangerous!”). However, at the ripe old age of 19 years, he settled on his first Impreza, a yellow 1998 turbo model.

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