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1973 full size Chevrolet station wagon in Whitehorse Yukon Canada. Back then all you had to do was drive around the block without hitting anything. Examiner did make me parallel park though, which, much to my surprise as to hers, I did faultlessly. 

Funny thing about the Yukon. Up to the mid 60's at least, if you passed your driving test in a car, they asked you which class of driving licence you wanted - up to and including tractor trailer units. So if you passed your driving test in a Volkswagen you were now fully entitled to drive straight trucks, school buses, ambulances, all types of motorcycles and heavy transport truck and trailers, depending on which class of licence you chose. The class 1 included everything but you needed a yearly medical exam. One of my best friends obtained his class 1 that way.

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Late 80s in the original Nissan Micro Booble car. Couldn’t tell you which colour it was, but I then hopped into my parents’ Austin Maxi 1750L later that same day. Quite a change, but I managed. 

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November 69 in a Mk II Cortina. I had lots of practice on my own on the Docks in the company Mini pickup, doing the canteen run. And grabbing every opportunity on the forklifts and artics. Dockers on bonus drive like lunatics.

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1 hour ago, Hunker said:

Back then all you had to do was drive around the block without hitting anything.

I had a similar experience in Montreal 1975 in a baby nappy brown Dodge Dart (automatic of course). On the plus side, the lessons were pretty good (part of the driver ed program at school) and I got plenty of practice on snow and ice. My Dad taught me to drive a manual in a red Cortina GT mk III (quite the sporty car in Canada!).

 

When I moved to Ireland I got a 'visitors' licence which was basically a standard licence with the word 'visitor' stamped on it. By the end of the year it was valid for, the ink from the stamp was almost invisible so when I handed it in for renewal I was given an unstamped licence in exchange :) This I was later able to exchange for a full UK licence. God help me if I ever have to take a 'real' driving test!!

 

Cheers

 

Colin

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29 minutes ago, ckw said:

God help me if I ever have to take a 'real' driving test!!

Amen to that.

 

I passed (2nd try) in 1975 in my powder blue F reg (1967) Morris 1100 aka Maggie The Morris.

My first car, Maggie was - ahem - a little perforated by the tin worm. In truth she was a death trap and despite my Dad's best efforts to keep her going (fibreglass front end and copious welding repairs) we sold her for £50 to another poor soul who got T-boned in a low speed accident within days and Maggie disintegrated into a million (rusty) pieces.

Which paved the way for my H reg Brabham Viva.........happy days.

 

Dave

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I passed my test in a Peugeot 205 of some sort, probably a 1.3/1.4 petrol or similar. My first car was a 1985 Vauxhall Astra 1300GL in Silver Green. Lovely tan interior and rotted rear arches below the bumper.

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A Volvo 343 in 1980!  :)

It was an easy to drive car and I quite enjoyed driving it - so much so, that I failed the first test! :doh:

 

Cheers :bye:

Hans J

 

PS - I've got the licence the 2'nd time around! ;)

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Learnt and passed 1st time in a Citreon DS3 diesel. Took my test at Harehills in Leeds and anyone familiar with that area and test centre will know how wild it can get up there for driving! 😯

 

Regards,

 

Steve

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1978 British School of Motoring Triumph 1300.  Had a great instructor. Took me out one day in a snow blizzard. I thought he was joking at first as the street were empty and deep in the white stuff. He pointed out one day I’d get caught in that sort of weather so better do it first time in a dual control school car with instructor. Had great fun too. 

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February 1979 in a red Datsun Cherry, I passed first time, before that I was a biker and totally uninterested in cars.

I passed my bike test in 1968 and it was also a first time pass.

It was only an impending marriage and the thought of a family that got me to drive a car, its still something that I don't enjoy at all.

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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October 1968 in a Mk I Ford Escort driving school car.  By that time I'd been driving for nearly a year having passed my motorcycle test at 16 which allowed me to drive a Heinkel/Trojan bubblecar.  Those were the days... 😁

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November 1987 in the instructor's Beige Vauxhall Shuvvit saloon I think it was a W reg.  Then got home and tried to convince my parents that I had failed, but they saw straight through that and jumped in my car that I bought when I was 16 as it was a cheap old Skoda S110R that cost £90 and I had saved up my paperpund money and tips and used a full tank of fuel that day. 

Chris

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11 hours ago, MRMRL said:

After a near disastrous first attempt to do a turn in a road in Dads Ford Sierra

No power steering so it could be a bit heavy for that sort of thing. Nice car otherwise so long as you chose the 1800 engine or above!

 

My Wife's friend took her test in Gainsborough too. She was a bag of nerves and halfway through the test stopped outside a Pub, dashed in and bought Cigarettes.

A few quick puffs, back in the car and resumed the test. She Passed! The Examiner said the second half (Post Ciggy) was a huge improvement and good enough!

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When I was learning most people were looking at Fiestas for their own car, but almost every instructor had a Micra (which was confusing as the controls were on stalks on the opposite side). My instructor was the opposite way around as he was reluctant to get a Micra as the 'new' (i.e. Mk2) Micra had just been launched and he was reluctant to buy a brand new model as they were more likely to have reliability issues (oh, the benefit of hindsight!).

 

So I ended up doing things the opposite way around to 80% of my generation - I owned the Micra but had lessons in a late '92 K-reg Fiesta which had less that 1500miles on the clock on my first lesson. First time I drove was on my 17th birthday, by 17 years and 10 weeks I'd passed my test in the aforementioned Fiesta 😁 Of course, as some others have mentioned, it helped that I learned and took my test in a small Yorkshire town with one set of traffic lights and which had only recently gained a mini-roundabout. The rumour was that the test routes avoided that roundabout after someone got rear-ended on their test by another driver who didn't expect them to stop as they were used to it being a T-junction.

 

Another thing which allegedly helped (according to my instructor) was the genuine emergency stop I did in the practice just before my test when a black cat ran straight out in front of me - according to him that would bring me luck and I was sure to pass. So that's how I passed first time (with no minor faults either :) ). He was another old school instructor who didn't think a bit of snow was an excuse to cancel a lesson either!

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My Mom’s ‘66 Chevelle Malibu coupe (283 cu in, Powerglide AT, Artisan Turquiose over black vinyl).  I flunked the drive test twice before passing on the third time, 1970 IIRC. First two times I failed to slow down at a 4 way intersection (no stop signs), each failure with the same examiner who failed me for the same reason (dumb kid!).  I got a different examiner on the third try and did slow at the intersection at which he asked me “why are you slowing down?”….sure wish I had my mom’s Chevelle, beautiful car.

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My leaky tin can with wheels... Citroën C1, 3 years ago. About the only thing you can insure without a black box these days as a new driver without selling a kidney.

 

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What's the secret to keeping a black car clean? Don't have a black car.

 

 

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I did most of my training, and my first test, in a 1958 Holden FC, a driving school car. Failed the test first time around - may have something to do with it being Christmas Eve 1963 and the testing officer's reluctance to turn another novice driver loose on the roads at one of the busiest times of the year ... Passed second go in February 1964 without problems, this time in a 1963 Morris Major Elite (also a driving school car).

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February 1980 in a BSM Triumph Dolomite 1300 at Bilston. Drove back to the BSM branch in West Brom, caught the bus home and in the afternoon picked my brother up from school in my 1970 Austin 1300.

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7 hours ago, bigbadbadge said:

November 1987 in the instructor's Beige Vauxhall Shuvvit saloon I think it was a W reg.  Then got home and tried to convince my parents that I had failed, but they saw straight through that and jumped in my car that I bought when I was 16 as it was a cheap old Skoda S110R that cost £90 and I had saved up my paperpund money and tips and used a full tank of fuel that day. 

Chris

My second car was a yellow S110R.  Wonderful underrated little car.

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