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Just curious. Mine was a H reg (1991) Nissan Sunny hatchback in red. Derby (Chaddesden) test centre in 1994.

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White Hillman Imp, 1976 in York.  My mother’s car. Second test, stamped on the brakes for Emergency stop and the master cylinder

went leaving all the brakes locked on. Examiner walked back to the test centre leaving me to wait for the breakdown truck.

Passed next time

Chris

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British School of Motoring in Plymouth about 1981.  There was a choice of Mini, Triumph Toledo (the Toledo seemed a big car to me to take a driving test in ) or a Metro.  So, it was an Austin Metro, when they first came out, with British School of Motoring.  Every lesson was a different Metro as they had so many problems with them.  Cars were lime green, bright yellow, vivid blue, plain white.  The clutches were awful trying to find the biting point, indicators switches were random in operation.  The rear lift up parcel shelf had a little round catch in the centre, near the rear window.  The instructor told me when reversing around a corner I should line the catch up with the kerb and keep it in line as I reversed.....it worked.  Passed first time 😀

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1972 Tawny Bronze 4 door Mk1 Escort - passed first time, July 1974! The 4 door aspect was important to that - my instructor owned a 2 door and I'd always had problems with the reversing around a corner bit. Luckily the 2 door broke down the week before my test and the 4 door had an extra frame in the rear window which was a perfect aiming point for the kerb you had to line up with when reversing around the corner! I often wondered how many times I might have failed doing that in a 2 door....!! 🤣

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Red Metro 1.0 City in February 1987 . Passed first time , but struggled with the clutch bite point and lack of power as I used to L drive my dad's diesel Ford Orion that just set off without revs !

Gary.  

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1958 Morris Oxford in black over grey. Column change, no syncro on first (or second!).  I think I got points for double de-clutching. Mill Hill test centre.

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Black Maestro, in 1986or7. It was the instructor's car, lucky for me it was new to him as his previous car was a Marina coupe.

Ex-bus driver, I passed first time. He taught me a lot about anticipating the actions of others and reading the road. 

First lesson had me drive to the end of a dead end street, and said 'You got us here, deal with it'. Cue first three (or nearer ten) point turn.

Perhaps as a result of his previous career also taught me some aspects of driving style that others may consider 'robust'.

 

Matt

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I passed my test in 1982 at the second attempt in my instructor's Ford Escort Mk2. I think it was the four door, and it was metallic bronze.

 

I learned the basics with my Dad, in the family Datsun 120Y coupe in a Waitrose car park in Godalming. It was yellow - the car, not the car park. I remember the first time I sat in the driver's seat my Dad went through the controls, and then told me two things. First, he told me to remember I was in control of a lethal weapon. Second, I was told to consider everyone else on the road as an idiot. Those basic tenets have stuck with me ever since.

 

I then went on to pass the IAM Advanced Driving test in 1987, in my pale metallic blue Vauxhall Chevette 1.3L.

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Mk 1 Escort 1100, Leicester. The Instructor had mistakenly put two star petrol in it so progress wasn't too smooth, but I passed.

The test cost five pounds and I'd put that in my (little red hard cover) driving licence.

The examiner asked to see the licence when I handed it over the fiver was revealed and I wondered if he thought it was a bribe to pass!

 

My Wife opted to take her test in Gainsborough as at the time there wasn't a roundabout there!

 

3 minutes ago, Heather Kay said:

I was told to consider everyone else on the road as an idiot

He was right They are!

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Fiesta mk1 in 1981 (second attempt at taking as first was cancelled on arrival at the centre - no colleagues believed I hadn’t failed until I passed 2 weeks later; as it was a minimum  of one month for a retake!).  I’d practised a lot in the family mini, conversely my daughters passed 2018 /2019 in minis having practiced in the family Fiesta!

 

I’d forgotten the advantage of the Test centre in Loughton - no traffic lights or roundabouts available on routes there back then!

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A bit of a mixture for me for learning, not quite this side of the millennium in 1997. After a near disastrous first attempt to do a turn in a road in Dads Ford Sierra (his idea not mine), bit of a monster to start in, I had spells in an instructors Ford Fiesta ( he was a friend of dad's and teaching me for free as practice, but not regularly enough for me to get anywhere), Mums Renault 9 (which was super twitchy on the clutch - good practice), then a different instructors Vauxhall Corsa which I also passed my test in at the third attempt. Couldn't tell you the year or otherwise of that car, it was relatively new at the time though. My parents cars on the other hand were distinctly second hand, probably why Dad didn't get too upset when I nearly crashed that Sierra, that and I think he realised trying to get your son to do a 3 point turn in a narrow lane when he's not even used the reverse gear before probably wasn't the best idea 😱

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I passed my test in a white Mini Metro in 1989 in Portsmouth. The BSM instructor who should have taken me for my final lesson that day, resigned and I had to cope with a strange instructor and an even stranger car. The test had it's moments too. The examiner took me down a back road only for us to be confronted by a dug up road. He told me to turn around in my own time and it wouldn't be part of the test. No pressure then, and I managed fine and he said that I didn't need to do the manoeuvre or a hill start as I had just done them.

 

BTW, he told me about one person who failed his test because he couldn't find his car. It was my mate and he had borrowed a different car for his test but he couldn't remember the make or colour! By the time he found the car, the examiner had to fail him as there wasn't enough time to complete the test!

 

Dave

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Gold Mazda 323 with some TWR tuning bits (Exhaust and the like - Not sure why it needed the go faster bits, but it seemed quite sporty compared with most of the other driving school cars around) in spring 1985, Beeston, Notts.

 

IanJ

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Vauxhall Viva HA way back in the sixties. The BSM used them in Reading where I lived at the time and managed to get through first time. My instructor seemed to know each of the local examiners quirks about what they individually tended to look out for.

Airfix did a kit of the first Viva HA.    They tend to be a bit pricey on the second hand market nowadays.

 

 

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