Thanks to Young Driver, 10-17-year-olds can now get a taste of motoring behind the wheel of a classic car. Established in 2009 and the UK’s largest pre-17 driving school, Young Driver announced a new initiative launched at the British Motoring Museum in Warwickshire today.
Up to now, young motorists have been able to hone their driving skills in a modern Vauxhall Corsa with lessons delivered by ADI instructors. More than 800,000 lessons have been delivered to date, but the chance to experience a taste of classic motoring is sure to find favour with budding enthusiasts.
The lessons will take place at the Museum once or twice a month with more venues planned, and each will last for 15 minutes and cost £25. Three great British classics are on offer, with the young drivers guaranteed to experience plenty of motoring character.
One of the classics is a 1963 Vauxhall VX4/90, a spacious and comfortable sports saloon that is one of just 21 registered with the DVLA. It also has just 21,000 miles on the clock. There’s nothing more British than the lovable Morris Minor, and the 1959 convertible in Old English White is sure to attract more fans to the famous model. The third car on offer is a 1937 Austin 7 Ulster replica, the fun, stylish and nippy two-seater guaranteed to put a smile on the face of every young driver.
Sue Waterfield, head of marketing at Young Driver, said: “We’ve been looking for the right classic cars to join our fleet for some time. We’re sure there will be lots of parents and grandparents looking at them nostalgically and remembering their own learning to drive journey and the cars of their childhood!”
Adds Jeff Coope, Managing Director at the British Motor Museum: “Anyone who books with Young Driver gets discounted admission to the Museum on the day of their experience and can see for themselves how the car they were driving fits into the history of British motoring. Amongst its extensive collections the Museum holds, for example, the first Morris Minor ever produced!”
Naturally, our own Mike Brewer thinks this is a great idea: “I’ve loved classic cars ever since I was young, so anything that encourages a new generation of enthusiasts to enjoy the scene is brilliant. I guarantee they are going to love having a go in these great classics.”
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