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Learnt to drive in Dad’s Alfa 145, one of the earlier boxer engined ones. The gearbox was so clunky that I’ve never struggled with a transmission since, but it was a lovely car. I think by the time I sat my full test I’d bought myself an ‘84 1.6l Corolla Liftback so I thiiiink I sat it in that.

 

 

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Learnt to drive and passed my test in a 1973 L registered  Vauxhall Victor FD 2300 , metallic " Garnet Starmist " red , lovely old car but eventually let down by rot in the sills and inner valances , a close encounter with a large tree stump didn't help either . Remember my dad being not at all pleased .

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4 hours ago, Jeepboy said:

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

Yes was a great little car and much to my mate's annoyance would keep up with his 1300 Escort Mk.1.   Wish I still had it, worth some money now🙄 although I crashed it when I was 18 and got a Lancia Delta, boy that was a quick little car!!!

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1962 EK Holden in a quiet Aussie country town. The tester was the local Crown Sergeant and the test composed of around the block and then down to the local hotel to drop him off for lunch with an angle parking outside it.
In my defence I did go on to get HR and HC licences as well as bus endorsement. Never got a Multi Combination as there weren’t B-Doubles around at the time. Never had a motorbike licence but do have a boat licence 😁

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Learned to drive in Dad's 1974 Humber Sceptre; passed my test in a circa 1980 Toyota Starlet. I'd forgotten what one looked like, but having just Googled "1980 Toyota Starlet", I can see why.

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8 hours ago, bigbadbadge said:

Yes was a great little car and much to my mate's annoyance would keep up with his 1300 Escort Mk.1.   Wish I still had it, worth some money now🙄 although I crashed it when I was 18 and got a Lancia Delta, boy that was a quick little car!!!

Crashed mine, St Levans Road in Plymouth, bit of a hump hill with poor camber, wet, diesel on the road. Back end went and rear wheel hit the kerb, I overcorrected and back end spun the other other way clipping a bus coming toward me.  Then span completely 180 and went down the hill backwards.  Police were very good and noted (for insurance) road camber, wet and diesel spillage.  No charges for doing anything silly.  Next car was a Mk1 Escort Mexico which was ten years old and all my mates had XR3s and Capris.  Wish I still had the Mexico, but preferred the fun of the Skoda and would rather have that. 

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An  848cc Mini in 1966 when I was 18 from the local driving school after 20 lessons so passed first time.

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1965, a monstrous-big (by today's standards) 1965 Chevrolet Biscayne 4-door sedan, on loan from the local Chevy dealer to my high school for drivers' ed. But I had an advantage which I think wasn't allowed in the UK - automatic transmission! I still remember how I nailed the parallel parking part of the test - it was like an invisible hand guided that land yacht into a parking space on the main street of Bracebridge, Ontario, and I was all set! Bought my first set of wheels not long after - a rusted-out 1956 Ford Fairlane Town Sedan for $200.

 

John

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On 4/10/2024 at 7:34 AM, ckw said:

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

I passed my motorcycle test on a 250 cc BSA C15, which I promptly exchanged for a 500 cc Velocette Thruxton immediately after passing and rode it for my final year at boarding school and my first two years at university. I passed my driving test in a Ford Escort in 1968 and promptly moved on to a Mini-Cooper, but kept up my motorcycle licence, too.

 

The quote above is there because my father, who served in the Fleet Air Arm and flew most if its fighters from the Fulmar to the Seafire and Corsair, did not know how to drive when he left the Royal Navy and went home to South Africa in 1948. His CO said as he departed "You can drive, can't you" and authorised a full driver's licence for him. He had to learn how to drive when he was home in South Africa but he never had to pass a test because he already had his licence!

 

Maurice

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The first car I ever drove was a tupperware white Escort XR3i, but there were no such luxuries when it came time to take lessons. I started out in the depths of winter with an instructor who had a fusty old Mk2 1.0 VW Polo that I just couldn't get on with. The Polo didn't seem easy to drive, all rubbery, vague and a ponderous. Thinking about it, the instructor was rubbery, vague and ponderous too. 

 

After a few months of getting nowhere fast I changed instructors to an ex-policewoman who had one of the very first K11 Nissan Micra 1.3s. The car was a vast improvement and her teaching style soon secured me a clean pass. On the way back from the test she taught me how to take proper lines through the bends and demonstrated changing gear without using the clutch. It's all been downhill from there.  

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September 1984 .... a blue mini metro belonging to BSM (Brutish School of Motoring)

I remember two weeks before my test, the instructor got a new Metro that I struggled to get on with .... test day came and turned up in the old car (new one had broken down) and luckily, I passed! 🤗

 

Keith 😁 

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On 10/04/2024 at 19:25, Pete in Lincs said:

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!

 


Pete one of the best cars I ever had was a Sierra in the XR4x4 guise. Not a Cosworth but it could shift and held the road well for its size. A chap in the local garage described that version as Ford’s best kept secret. 

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16 hours ago, JohnT said:


Pete one of the best cars I ever had was a Sierra in the XR4x4 guise. Not a Cosworth but it could shift and held the road well for its size. A chap in the local garage described that version as Ford’s best kept secret. 

I'll second this. I still remember one night, about 25yrs ago, when a friend took a couple of us for a blast down the B660 from Bedford to Kimbolton. I was shocked at how good the XR4x4 was through the tight and twisties.

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First attempt - Mk3 Ford Escort XR3i in black - 7 driving lessons - result: failed

Second attempt - Opel Manta GTE in white - 3 driving lessons - result: passed

 

For the first attempt the assessor thought I was driving to fast inner city and to slow out of city (despite me thinking that I was doing exactly 50 and 80 km/h as per the road signs). Second time around, same assessor, same student, but a different car. It was winter, proper winter (winter between 1985-86 in Denmark was very cold and white) and after doing a u-turn at a light signal, only a few hundred meters from the Police station where the driving test would normally end, I found myself driving on the dedicated cycling path. I “discretely” corrected the matter and back on the road again the assessor said that I could just park the Manta nose-in at the Police station, a sign that you would normally have failed the test! And then he said something like “congratulations, as I’m sure you have a feeling yourself, it went much better this time around”. No reason to argue with a Police man who just told you that you passed the the driving test, more so as my dad was waiting for me at the Police station in my “new” Ford Escort Mk2, which I had already bought months before (in anticipation that I would pass the test the first time around). Obviously I was driving home from the Police station, clearly remembering feeling that an almost 10 year old 1.3L Escort felt a bit lame compared to a new 2.0L Manta GTE 😁 

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Vauxhall Viva HC in Chatham, January 72 (52 years ago! oh dear!)

Honda CB200 in Henleaze, Bristol, 1977

 

Always had to do it the odd way round! :)

 

Cheers,

Alan.

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Land Rover Mark 2 (Series II), Royal Marines Eastney 1968.  Test route:  Southsea, Portsmouth City Centre, Fratton Park, Eastney.

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If I  recall, my test car I passed on was a Datsun 120Y in 1974 . Not the fastback one. It was a sort of orange colour.

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19 hours ago, Paul J said:

If I  recall, my test car I passed on was a Datsun 120Y in 1974 . Not the fastback one. It was a sort of orange colour.

funnily enough, my neighbours from a year ago have a grandson whose first car is a 120Y, in a sort of reddish/orangish colour..... good lad

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5 hours ago, scautomoton said:

funnily enough, my neighbours from a year ago have a grandson whose first car is a 120Y, in a sort of reddish/orangish colour..... good lad

Sounds like the car which my younger sister's arrival led to my parents selling... two doors was copeable with one child but not two apparently.

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