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Title: What did you learn to drive with?
Post by: Sir Tigger QC on 02 June 2018, 18:28:38
I learnt to drive on one of these (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Old-Grey-Fergi-1954-TED-Petrol-Parafin-Barn-find/253662460525?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&clk_rvr_id=1551421170867&rmvSB=true) when I was 11.  :y

My Dad taught me the basics and when he felt I had got the hang of it went in for a fag and a cuppa, telling me to practice stopping and starting and not just to go round and round the field. "But don't go too fast!" was his parting shot.  ::)

I didn't go fast, but I did wonder what would happen if I took my foot off the clutch suddenly.  ::) 

It turns out that it's possible for an 11 year old boy to pull a wheelie with a Little Grey Fergie tractor!  :o  ::)  ;D

I was suitably chastened by the experience and my Dad was very pleased to find me trundling around very sedately when he came back.  ;)
Title: Re: What did you learn to drive with?
Post by: dave the builder on 02 June 2018, 18:37:08
I learned the basics in tractors on a farm too  :)
double de-clutch to change gear   ;D
i'd have been 13 ,so 35 years ago  :o
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Post by: Doctor Gollum on 02 June 2018, 18:43:36
CitroŽn AX :D for five lessons, immediately followed by 3, 000 miles over the following month in Dad's Sierra  8)
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Post by: zirk on 02 June 2018, 18:55:04
No idea, I was running away from most of them when they ended in a hedge or similar.
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Post by: Andy B on 02 June 2018, 19:06:10
I learned the basics in tractors on a farm too  :)
double de-clutch to change gear   ;D
i'd have been 13 ,so 35 years ago  :o

Seems there's a trend on OOF. I first drove a tractor too ..... a red one .... can't remember what flavour.

I was about 13 too though in my case it was 43 years ago  :o :o :o
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Post by: biggriffin on 02 June 2018, 19:11:08
A Nuffield universal.
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Post by: Lizzie Zoom on 02 June 2018, 19:16:27
I didn't learn on a tractor as such, but partially in a 1950's Humber Snipe that had no power steering, so it was very heavy to steer by way of a massive steering wheel, and to change gear you had to double de-clutch.  What fun it was though, until a tapet broke on No 3 cylinder!! ::)

The BSM driving school car was a mini which was vastly different to the Humber!  I did manage to pursuade my boss to drive his company Ford Mk2 Cortina which was fun, especially when I took to 80 mph on the A2 ;)

Oh, great days.  I still would love to drive a tractor though :y
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Post by: BazaJT on 02 June 2018, 19:22:47
Off road as it were then it was a 1933 Buick McClaughlin[that had been bullet proofed :o possibly from the factory but certainly before dad bought it]and a Bedford TK tipper.On road driving instructors car was a Renault 8.
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Post by: Bigron on 02 June 2018, 19:38:57
Firstly a BSA Golden Flash (initially with a sidecar) and then a 1938 Morris 12. An early, interesting trip from Essex to Cornwall on "L" plates!  ;D 8) :y

Ron.
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Post by: TheBoy on 02 June 2018, 19:49:35
Officially, in a Mini Metro owned by my allocated driving instructor.
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Post by: TheBoy on 02 June 2018, 19:51:53
Actually, when I truly learnt how to drive was after I passed my test.  In my case, when they gave me a clapped out little yellow Morris Ital van, £1m worth of liability (we didn't have traditional insurance, but a bond in place), and my boss's parting words were "go do your worse"

;)
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Post by: Varche on 02 June 2018, 19:57:26
First car I drove was , I think, a Ford Pop  sit up and beg. I would be 11 or 12. It belonged to our neighbour who was two years older. It is the only car I have ever driven that you could select reverse whilst still going forward. Got to say never tried it on later cars. We had a figure of nine track. First car I owned was, I think , a Riley 1.5 . We had unofficial free use of Wykeham forest tracks. Used to help out on local farm as a young teenager. First job with a tractor was moving tractor and trailer around field while men loaded bales of straw. Graduated to driving tractor and trailer loading grain whilst  combine harvester kept harvesting. How proud I felt. If the fields were near the farm we even took the rig back to the farm to tip via public roads albeit off the beaten track. I dare say the local copper knew as he knew everything looking back.
Passed my test in my mothers Ford Anglia.

Talking of my mother. She passed her test on a motorbike and sidecar. When it came to learning to drive a car my dad said these are the controls  off you go on your own! That was a Ford Pop too that they hand painted as it was a bit rusty.

Later my dad traded that car in and asked what was going to happen to it. ď our mechanics will swarm over it and strip it of parts then it will be scrapped. ď how much will you get for it? £15. So my dad bought it back and gave it to me. First mod was to fit a 1200 cc engine £10 guaranteed ( the scrapyard stamped it !Ē. Did me well as a student

Gosh happy days a thousand years ago. I had a good childhood.
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Post by: Migv6 on 02 June 2018, 20:10:35
I had a go at nicking my Dads car by releasing the handbrake on the hill outside our house when I was about six. Apart from that, I learned to drive in the HB Viva he bought me, to keep me off motorbikes, with him sat nervously beside me.
Didn't have any actual lessons, just got the hang of it and then went and took my test.
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Post by: pauls on 02 June 2018, 20:12:41
Learnt to drive a 4 tonner when i was 17 in the army. actual went legal at 21 in a ford escort.
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Post by: Nick W on 02 June 2018, 20:17:17
I learnt in my Mum's mk2 Cavalier, plus the two new ones that my instructor had in the year I saw him and the selection of Datsun Sunnys rented while the insurance claims were processed. His claims, not mine ;D
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Post by: btc on 02 June 2018, 20:26:12
Learnt to drive a 4 tonner when i was 17 in the army. actual went legal at 21 in a ford escort.

That's what I passed my test in in 1977  learnt in a mk4 ford zodiac 1971 which I bought and was my first car gold with black leather bonnet was massive
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Post by: Varche on 02 June 2018, 21:32:34
Gold with a black leather bonnet? Did it come off the production line like that?
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Post by: btc on 02 June 2018, 21:38:22
Black leather int bonnet was massive
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Post by: btc on 02 June 2018, 21:50:00
Can't get the pics to show  :-[
Title: Re: What did you learn to drive with?
Post by: Sir Tigger QC on 02 June 2018, 22:21:40
Actually, when I truly learnt how to drive was after I passed my test.  In my case, when they gave me a clapped out little yellow Morris Ital van, £1m worth of liability (we didn't have traditional insurance, but a bond in place), and my boss's parting words were "go do your worse"

;)

And you've followed that mantra to the letter ever since!  :P  ;D
Title: Re: What did you learn to drive with?
Post by: amba on 03 June 2018, 12:06:20
Ford Anglia 109E.bought for £75 from a guy in Basildon.Seem to remember it being two tone grey/blue.Wish I still had it as it was in great condition back in 1975.!!

Learnt officially in a Vauxhall Viva same era ,after numerous motorbike etc
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Post by: Bigron on 03 June 2018, 12:11:39
Just been watching a couple of Edgar Wallace B-Feature films from the 1960s; poor dramas, but great for spotting some of today's actors in minor roles and, especially, the cars of the period used as street furniture.
I did manage to identify most of them!  :-[

Ron.
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Post by: ronnyd on 03 June 2018, 12:13:03
As i had a motorbike first, (Greeves 250cc twin road bike), my first "car" was a Reliant Regal soft top, which i could drive on my bike licence. Drove that for about three years and by then my Dad had a Mk 1 Viva. It luckily had a very similar gearbox layout to the three wheeler, so, Dad gave me a few runs out and i passed my test in that. Probably couldn,t go down the self taught route these days, as it seems all driving school orientated now. ???
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Post by: annihilator on 03 June 2018, 14:47:31
'75 Viva Hc  :D
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Post by: cam.in.head on 03 June 2018, 14:51:33
My first car was a 75 hc. Learned thou in my dads hunter and then driving school chevette.
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Post by: Shackeng on 03 June 2018, 17:10:55
Unknown to my parents, at 13 on a Bedford(?) 3 ton tipper lorry on private roads around our house and grounds, which was a market garden business situated within what used to be the Duke of Grafton's Wakefield Lodge estate. http://www.parksandgardens.org/places-and-people/site/7584?preview=1
Whenever possible, I would 'borrow' one of the business vehicles, and drive all over the estate, also on to quiet public roads when I felt brave. I also 'borrowed' my step-father's Ariel Square 4 combination for the same.
Since driving is essentially a required life skill nowadays, I feel all youngsters at 13 on should have the opportunity to drive on private roads, preferably under supervision  ::). I taught both mine on a local disused airfield, for which they were both very grateful.
I passed my test in a '55 sit up and beg Ford Pop. :y
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Post by: Bigron on 03 June 2018, 19:21:42
You lucky devil - I used to lust after a Square Four! Oh, the exhaust note; almost as good as a Velo..... :) :)

Ron.
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Post by: terbert on 03 June 2018, 20:44:12
I started on a little grey Ferguson tractor (yesterday I went to the North Bucks Country Show...could not resist it, I had to sit on one. Brought back many memories)
My first road car I learnt in and passed my test in was a 1964 Morris 1100. :y Also had a few drives of dad's Austin A50 ;)
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Post by: ronnyd on 03 June 2018, 21:37:51
I started on a little grey Ferguson tractor (yesterday I went to the North Bucks Country Show...could not resist it, I had to sit on one. Brought back many memories)
My first road car I learnt in and passed my test in was a 1964 Morris 1100. :y Also had a few drives of dad's Austin A50 ;)
I had an Austin A50 terbs. Lovely comfy bench front seat and a very sloppy column gear change. Absolute rust bucket too. ;D
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Post by: terry paget on 03 June 2018, 21:51:16
I learned unofficially in father's upright Ford 10. On turning seventeen I put L plates on the family Austin A40 Somerset, mother sat beside me, and I drove around. Passed my test within 6 weeks.

I am still learning to drive after 61 years, now in Vauxhall Omegas. Every fright, every error, is another lesson.
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Post by: Keith ABS on 04 June 2018, 15:45:31
 Official lessons were started in a 1300 Triumph Dolamite then a Metro when the dollys were traded in
Previously Minis on private ground and an HB Viva from a workshop to home at 16

Keith ABS
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Post by: henryd on 04 June 2018, 15:57:51
My first drive was a Ford Dexta on dads farm,first road car was a 63 Morris 1100 but lessons were in a mk1 Escort  1300xl,in between tractor and car were many other tractors and an Austin A30
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Post by: Fuse 19 on 04 June 2018, 16:06:40
I used to drive a mates Chevette on his dads private air strip, probably about age 12-13.

And it was a private airstrip, the old runway and peri trach at Gartree as his family owned the farm there.

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Post by: Andy B on 04 June 2018, 16:21:08
...... but lessons were in a mk1 Escort  .....

Same as me then   :y YTC 144L ......I can remember that, but never remember the reg of the Smart that I drive nearly every day  ???
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Post by: TheBoy on 04 June 2018, 16:52:13
Every fright, every error, is another lesson.
I get a lot of lessons ;D
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Post by: Migv6 on 04 June 2018, 21:04:52
I never had a lesson, although Ive learned a few.  :)
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Post by: Tilbo on 05 June 2018, 03:15:04
Me & a mate used to drive around in a mini van with L plates on neither of us had a licence ! Eventually took a few lessons in a MK 1 Escort, first car I bought was an immaculate 1964 Vauxhall Velox 3.3 litre hydramatic 1 owner for £160 CLF 410B loved that car.
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Post by: Tilbo on 05 June 2018, 03:38:59
That mate now drives a Maserati , used to play in a band with Eric Clapton has had some lovely cars but we still talk fondly about that old mini van.
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Post by: Mister Rog on 05 June 2018, 06:13:46


Pale blue Ford Anglia in the '60s
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Post by: Field Marshal Dr. Opti on 05 June 2018, 13:07:57
...... but lessons were in a mk1 Escort  .....

Same as me then   :y YTC 144L ......I can remember that, but never remember the reg of the Smart that I drive nearly every day  ???

Yep.....my first car was a 1972 Truimph 1500.....with FWD. Registration FUE 756K.

Like you I can barely remember the registration of the cars I now own. :-\
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Post by: TD on 05 June 2018, 16:45:12
I learnt to drive in my dads Vauxhall Cavalier....

My first car was a Vauxhall Chevette 1.3 which I kept for 6 months then changed for a VW Golf 1.5 Auto....then drove autos for about the next 30 years  :y

But now driving manuals....as I had a DVT in my left leg....which was blamed on me driving an auto all day  :(
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Post by: BazaJT on 05 June 2018, 18:31:27
Ican rememeber the reg of the first Super Snipe,the VDP 3L,Silver Cloud III,MkIV Zodiac Executive,Buick and the Mk1 Escort[the last car he owned]that dad had.The rest I've forgotten.The first car I owned was a '59 Consul[1601 UB]bought for £38 from a trader :o
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Post by: Migv6 on 05 June 2018, 21:48:59
My Viva reg was BIJ 8142
Then the Avenger - FOI 9503
HS- LIJ 98
The next few after that are a bit fuzzy for some reason, until the Senator I bought in 2000- G888 KNY.
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Post by: New POD on 05 June 2018, 22:13:33
I learnt Clutch control on a Lambretta 200 on the Beach. (Owned by 3 of us aged 15)
I Passed a moped test 5 weeks after getting it, and without opening the highway code.
On my first lesson in a Car (by my Mum) I drove from Liverpool to Coniston In the Lakes, on the A Roads. In a Y reg Beige dangly mirror base model estate of the 1.6 sierra variety. 
I knew the way. I'd ridden it on a Moped.
I obviously failed my Car test first time as I was a cocky bugger, who had never opened the highway code.
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Post by: henryd on 05 June 2018, 23:20:43
...... but lessons were in a mk1 Escort  .....

Same as me then   :y YTC 144L ......I can remember that, but never remember the reg of the Smart that I drive nearly every day  ???

My 1100 was 739 TRL,old pre suffix Cornish plate which would be worth a nice bit of cash now :-\,it was scrapped with the car :'(
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Post by: aaronjb on 06 June 2018, 08:39:22
First car I ever drove was a 1978 Austin Allegro 1100S (no quartic steering wheel) which was, coincidentally, a driving instructors car; but not my instructor, because I was about 12 and it was my grandfathers car.

I actually learnt to drive in a Corsa B, circa 1995. No idea what the reg was. But once I'd passed, that Allegro became my first car.. still complete with dual controls!
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Post by: Migv6 on 06 June 2018, 13:07:43
Passed my test in Feb. 78. God Im old.  :'( ::)
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Post by: aaronjb on 06 June 2018, 13:27:41
Passed my test in Feb. 78. God Im old.  :'( ::)

Six months before I was born... :P
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Post by: Doctor Gollum on 06 June 2018, 14:38:06
Passed my test in Feb. 78. God Im old.  :'( ::)

Six months before I was born... :P
God you're young :D
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Post by: henryd on 06 June 2018, 17:48:13
Passed my test in Feb. 78. God Im old.  :'( ::)

Cough,did mine in dec 76 :'(
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Post by: Lizzie Zoom on 06 June 2018, 18:08:00
I passed my test on 30th November 1970 :o :o :o :o

But, I am definitely NOT, I repeat, NOT old!! :P :P :P :D
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Post by: Doctor Gollum on 06 June 2018, 18:20:05
I passed my test on 30th November 1970 :o :o :o :o

But, I am definitely NOT, I repeat, NOT old!! :P :P :P :D
I think, technically you're no longer middle aged ;)
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Post by: ronnyd on 06 June 2018, 18:51:44
Passed mine in 64 :y
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Post by: BazaJT on 06 June 2018, 18:54:33
I believe from previous posts I've read that Lizzie was born the same year I was so [giving a ladies age away here]that'd make her 21 same as me :D :D :D :-X
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Post by: Shackeng on 06 June 2018, 19:18:34
I'm not telling you. ::)
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Post by: Lizzie Zoom on 06 June 2018, 20:01:40
I passed my test on 30th November 1970 :o :o :o :o

But, I am definitely NOT, I repeat, NOT old!! :P :P :P :D
I think, technically you're no longer middle aged ;)

 ;D ;D ;D Now that is a fair statement ;)
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Post by: Lizzie Zoom on 06 June 2018, 20:02:40
I believe from previous posts I've read that Lizzie was born the same year I was so [giving a ladies age away here]that'd make her 21 same as me :D :D :D :-X

That's right! ;D ;D :-*

I'll always settle for that statement 8) 8)
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Post by: Migv6 on 06 June 2018, 20:17:46
Would the term "young elderly", get us out of trouble here ?  ::) ;D
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Post by: STEMO on 06 June 2018, 20:19:13
Passed my test in Feb. 78. God Im old.  :'( ::)
1971 for me.....in an army short wheel base land rover.
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Post by: Field Marshal Dr. Opti on 06 June 2018, 20:44:26
Passed car and bike test in 1977. The Queen decided to throw street parties all over the country. Nice touch I thought. :)

This was when you could pass your bike test on a 100 MPH 250.......and not a nancy boy 125 like today.
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Post by: Andy B on 06 June 2018, 20:45:28
......

But now driving manuals....as I had a DVT in my left leg....which was blamed on me driving an auto all day  :(

I knew there was a reason for me left foot braking   :y
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Post by: Andy B on 06 June 2018, 20:50:18
Passed car and bike test in 1977. The Queen decided to throw street parties all over the country. Nice touch I thought. :)

This was when you could pass your bike test on a 100 MPH 250.......and not a nancy boy 125 like today.

Car test passed Aug 79 & bike test Nov 80 on a borrowed Z250
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Post by: BazaJT on 06 June 2018, 20:53:24
I believe Opti they introduced a 250cc  limit for learners-unless you had a chair[sidecar]strapped to the side of it-to stop young riders killing themselves on the bigger bikes,so all the[mainly Japanese]manufacturers did was make 250s that went faster and some were evil handling things with it.Although I really liked the look of the Kawasaki 250 two stroke triple they called the Samurai.
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Post by: Migv6 on 06 June 2018, 22:06:24
I came very close to dying on one of those. I loved them though, especially the 500 triple. It had a vicious powerband, no brakes and a frame made from plasticine. Very exciting.  ;D
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Post by: Sir Tigger QC on 06 June 2018, 22:19:00
I passed my car test in a Marina pickup in British Racing Green!  :y  and my bike test on a Yamaha RXS100, both in 1986.  :y
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Post by: Mr Gav on 06 June 2018, 22:41:25
I passed my bike test on a Kawasaki KH 100 and my car test in a Mini Metro but learnt to drive in a Rover 214 with my Dad
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Post by: Rods2 on 06 June 2018, 22:56:03
Got my first bike at 17, a tatty Honda 250 K1 and took & passed my test about 9 months later, then progressed to a wideline Triton 650 and then replaced that with a 750cc Triumph Trident T150V. Bought a Reliant plastic pig van to learn to drive a car and as soon as I passed my test bought a 2.5l Ford Consul estate. :y
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Post by: Field Marshal Dr. Opti on 07 June 2018, 10:49:20
Got my first bike at 17, a tatty Honda 250 K1 and took & passed my test about 9 months later, then progressed to a wideline Triton 650 and then replaced that with a 750cc Triumph Trident T150V. Bought a Reliant plastic pig van to learn to drive a car and as soon as I passed my test bought a 2.5l Ford Consul estate. :y


I 'rolled' two plastic pigs in my youth.

A 700 cc  Supervan and a 600 cc Regal saloon.

These days I like 4 wheels. One in each corner. :)
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Post by: henryd on 07 June 2018, 11:57:49
I came very close to dying on one of those. I loved them though, especially the 500 triple. It had a vicious powerband, no brakes and a frame made from plasticine. Very exciting.  ;D

Mate of mine had one of those,front tyre lasted ages because it rarely touched the ground :-X
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Post by: ronnyd on 07 June 2018, 17:34:20
I came very close to dying on one of those. I loved them though, especially the 500 triple. It had a vicious powerband, no brakes and a frame made from plasticine. Very exciting.  ;D

Mate of mine had one of those,front tyre lasted ages because it rarely touched the ground :-X
It,s quite surprising how stable the old Regals were, Unless you really tried that is. ::)