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It's Official...I'm old.

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by MJB, Aug 24, 2017.

  1. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    I learned in a Hillman Minx 1964, then Vauxhall Viva. First car was an Austin 1100. No PAS, factory fitted wing mirrors, undersealing, seatbelts, heated rear window, radio, electric windows, central locking, can't remember what it did have.
     
  2. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    Ha! I almost learned to drive in a Vauxahall Viva.

    I say 'almost' learned because my first and only lesson lasted from the front door of my house to the junction of Ten Acres Lane and Briscoe Lane - 0.85 miles in total.

    Cheers, Jeff
     
  3. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    And the Viva fell apart?
     
  4. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    This morning I intended to check my tyre pressures. In front of me was an old lady doing her tyres and making a 'meal' of it.

    I found myself getting irritated. Then I realised that she was probably younger than I am. Then I began praying that folk don't see me in the light that I saw her - but they probably do.

    I'm old but don't really feel it.

    MickLL
     
  5. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    OK so who claims the oldest's hat? Any advance on my 83 last March?
     
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  6. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    I think it's yours, Granddad!

    S
     
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  7. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    That's the mk2 version with the horizontal boot handle. We had a mk1 as our first family car, lots of fond memories of that old bus.
     
  8. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Learned to drive and passed my test in a Vauxhall Chevette saloon. Strangely enough I spotted one a couple of weeks ago, albeit the far sexier hot hatch model!
     
  9. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Fixed that for you.
     
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  10. jchrisc

    jchrisc Well-Known Member

    I never had any driving lessons, (but plenty of critical comments from friends who accompanied me while I had "L" plates). I had been riding motor cycles for some years when I bought my first car.

    I took my car driving test in Hitchin in 1956. There was no written test at that time. The roads were comparatively quiet and I suspect that the whole thing was somewhat easier than it is now. Having said that, my current car is much easier to drive than the ones with which I started.

    I took a voluntary test when I was 75; there was a lot of moaning about older drivers at the time. I passed it without any difficulty. I suppose I ought to do another one soon.
     
  11. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    These days I coulld just about drive this beauty.

    tractor 2 ap.jpg
     
  12. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    Ah yes, I remember carving my first wheel. They said it would never catch on.


    (I'm just a young 'un really!)

    I learned to drive in a Renault 5, the advert for which ran something like 'What's Yours Called?' Mine was called Faith. I had faith, based on nothing in particular, that it would keep running long enough for me to pass my test. As it happened, the faith was misplaced, not because the car disintegrated but because a crisis of confidence had me failing my test twice and giving up on the idea of ever driving until I was 27. By then I'd progressed to a Rover Montego. Dreadful car.
     
  13. miked

    miked Well-Known Member

    Yes, given that, like the Old Testament Prophet Moses, you keep taking the tablets, then you will be 84 next March:rolleyes:
     
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  14. RobertCoombes

    RobertCoombes Well-Known Member

    Owned and learned to drive 1939 Rover14. Crash box, free wheel and hinged screen. Air conditioned via foot well vents.
     
  15. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    With the amount of traffic on our roads today, isn't it about time the eyesight test also included tunnel vision? That would probably reduce the number of drivers ... Mind you, I suppose the tax-man might not like the loss of revenue. The cynic in me thinks that the main reason why the Duty on fuel is regularly increased is to compensate for the loss of revenue from tobacco?
     
  16. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    Ah, the Hillman Imp ... It's engine was originally designed to pump water for the Fire brigade ... Not too sure if this was as a separate appliance, or installed in some fire engines. Who remembers the Sunbeam Tiger, an Alpine on steroids with a Ford v8 under the bonnet? Apparently developed by Shelby, who devised the AC Cobra.
     
  17. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    A neighbour had one of those in the 60s and very impressive it looked until I saw it in the bloke's drive with the nearside front wing more or less hanging off. I was friendly with his son who told me that dad was going through a mid-life crisis. It was now all the more critical in that the car was on 3rd party only insurance. :cool:
     
  18. miked

    miked Well-Known Member

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    Ah, yes. I seem to recall it had a rather raucous engine noise (akin to a herd of farting rhinos). It's advertising slogan could have been, "Put a tank in your Tiger!"
     
  19. Trannifan

    Trannifan Well-Known Member

    Ah yes.....Methusalem's children.

    Apart from that, I passed my test in a Standard 10.....in snow which allowed me to creep around the streets. The examiner had his clipboard propped against the door lever so that, at the emergency stop, his door flew open!

    Lynn
     
  20. DaveM399

    DaveM399 Well-Known Member

    I passed in my Standard 10 too. Affectionately known as the blob!
     

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