About the site's author

So... why Crustworld?

Let me introduce myself. (For those of you who want to bail out into something a lot more interesting, the link to Mr. Gates' old place is here...!)

My name is Jim Christie and I live close to the city of Nottingham with my wife and our family.

Most of my waking hours are spent behind a computer screen of some description - I am an IT Manager working for a charitable trust, responsible for the provision of services to several sites and some 2000 users.

When I'm not randomly ranting at IT equipment, I can generally be found under one of a series of cars that always seem to find their way onto my drive when they've been mortally wounded. If it's got pistons, I love to tinker. As you can imagine, this goes down rather well with the wife.

Sadly (and I say this because, really, there are more important things in life) the Ford Sierra has played a big part in my life. To date I have owned eight - and a Ford Mondeo but the less said about that one, the better - from the rather battered 1.6L "mark 1" with a dubious history that I had while I studied at University to the very clean and surprisingly rust-free 2.0 GLXi Sapphire I have at the moment.

My wife berates my choice of car - but she doesn't understand. To her (and most people I'd imagine) a car is a means of transport. A way of getting from A to B with minimal fuss. Given we also have an Alfa Romeo in the family, you might find this somewhat surprising and while I do agree with Mrs C's sentiments up to a point, I also see a car as being a statement of individuality.

The Ford Sierra is now a relatively rare car on the roads of Great Britain - and will be rarer so if the Government get's its way to have all old cars scrapped all in the name of "environmentalism". When I commute to work every day, I frequently sit in traffic queues made up of Audis, BMWs, Hondas, Toyotas and Fords.

And do you know what?

They are all starting to look the same. Faceless euroboxes. Over-engineered bland saloons with any trace of character completely removed. Sterile. Boring.

My Sierra's not like that. In that traffic queue, it's individual and unique. Every creak or rattle from the trim (or from somewhere altogether more worrying...!) tells me a story. It's got soul, and character, in buckets. Add a bit of rain, ice or snow in to the equation and the rear-wheel-drive setup makes it incredibly entertaining to drive. I like all that - and have done for years, which is why I keep buying them.

And that's why I produced this website - a way of collating information about these cars into one spot, helping other owners keep their unique vehicles on the road.

 

But why call it Crustworld?

 

Christie is easily bastardised to Krusty (the clown in 'The Simpsons' in case you've led a sheltered life) which in turn can be shortened further to 'Crust' - a nickname first given to me by colleagues many, many moons ago (thanks to Geoff Lloyd!) and now a tag I use on the online forums I participate in.

Oh, I hear you cry, somewhat disappointed. But that's it. Take me or leave me. If you're feeling brave, surf the site. If not, Mr Gates awaits. Whoever you are, thank you for taking the trouble to stay awhile.

Best Regards. Jim.

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