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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    ^^^Good Gawd! The original multi-person death trap.

    It's like the Beetle wasn't deadly enough.

    "How can ve kill even more peeple? Jah, we build bigger box. Maybe add der rollover feature too, jah! Make brakes no good, make steering, how you say, fakakta?"
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    '78 Pontiac Catalina...another boat. My practice vehicle was more challenging and fun, '69 AMC Rebel with three on the tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
    Actually didn't have to take the test... at the time IL was exempting kids from it who took drivers education and got a B plus or better on 2 of the three course sections. (Classroom, simulation, and on the road.) Don't know if that's common.
    Same in Indiana. My driver's ed car was a new 76 Cutlas Supreme. In those days, car dealers supplied new cars to high schools for driver's Ed. First family vehicle I drove was a '69 VW camper van. Steering and shifter seemed connected with rubber bands and noodles.
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    I took Driver's Ed at California Driving School. They were known for their Ramblers with dual controls, one for you, one for the instructor.
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    Ford Aerostar, a minivan. I bumped the flag in parallel parking in the back but the tester didn't noticed.

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    On my first try, it was my friends souped up Pontiac Tempest. I did fine but still did not pass. I could see the examiner did not like me the moment he got in the car, I guess it did not help that I had long hair too. After that my father's manual 3 speed Hornet Sportabout (our first car in about 12 years). I passed. I would bet the 3 point turn with that manual transmission (it was horrible in the Hornet) was enough to gain respect from the examiner.
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    It was 1988 for me,and Dad had a 6,000 mile old modified (ran low 12's on street tires with no bottle) '88 Mustang LX Notchback 5.0L,I took my road test in that car (seriously,I did)
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    I took my test in my 1966 Dodge Charger 383.

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    A Vauxhall Viva HC, 1256cc. It was powder blue and slow!
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

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    1969 Cougar, heavily modified. 429 SCJ, 3000CFM electric supercharger, Engine specs:


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    1964, I think, Plymouth Valient. It had a slant 6 and push button transmission. Well, at least I passed my driver's test the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
    Actually didn't have to take the test... at the time IL was exempting kids from it who took drivers education and got a B plus or better on 2 of the three course sections. (Classroom, simulation, and on the road.) Don't know if that's common.
    That explains a lot of the behavior of the tourists in the Dells.

    I took mine in my mom's 1976 Chevy Vega. My parents wouldn't let me take the test until I could drive our '73 AMC Hornet Sportabout well (3-speed column shift), but didn't want me to have to stress about a clutch during the test. According to the laws at the time, I was supposed to have a certain amount of behind the wheel instruction in Drivers Ed, but I only had about 1/4 of the required amount. The Drivers Ed instructor signed off that I'd had the full amount. That explains why I failed the first time. Passed the 2nd time with flying colors, though.
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    It wasn't an easy test... took me 3 tries in this beast.

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    Man, I had it easy. After drivers' ed in some boat 80's Olds, driving Grandpa's '89 Merc Sable, and my dad's '92 F-350 longbed crew-cab (21' long, 7' tall), I took my driving test in the 1992 Escort he bought for us kids. It was the first of 3 '90's Escorts he bought for us kids, that '92 sedan that he kept until '96 or so, a '95 5-door that he sent off with my youngest sister that she drove into the ground, and a '91 3-door that my middle sister drove for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaRaleigh View Post
    It wasn't an easy test... took me 3 tries in this beast.
    Lol. I had a similar beast. Dodge Crestwood Wagon. Don't recall the year but it looked like this.



    Parallel parked that sucker in 16 seconds without hitting anything.
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    66 Dodge Pickup. Not sure what make or model, but it was white. My parents.

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    i didnt get a car for some time after i got my drivers license
    but i did have a yamaha 650 motorbike for a couple years when i didnt have a car

    about a year after i finally got my car license
    i got a 1984 hyundai pony
    super fun car
    and cheap as dirt to run and maintain
    until it fell apart from rust

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    I'd post what I drove AFTER I got my driver's license... but ya'll would hate me.

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    Might have been a 4-door I can't remember


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    Quote Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
    My mother's '69 Pontiac Catalina 4-door -- talk about a BOAT!

    It was May, 1975. When we arrived at the License Branch and went in, we only waited a short time before the tester came out. We headed out to the car. . . to discover another car had all but blocked us in from behind! Well, no choice, let's go and get on with the test.

    With a series of short zigs and zags out of the parking space, I started off; we drove less than a mile, the tester quietly directing. We ended up back at the Branch, where it was easy to park a little further away. The tester told me to just take the bigger space.

    After being told that I PASSED, the tester told my mother that I had virtually passed the test before the first corner, since HE didn't believe he could have gotten the car out of that parking spot.
    Awesome. That reminds me of my road test story:

    - I first tried to have my Dad 'teach' me in our 1977 Nova. That lasted maybe half a block - on my first ever driving attempt, the first time I made a turn and did the classic newb fail (not letting the steering wheel recoil, so you continue pulling to the right for a right turn)....my dad screamed at me, so I put on my right blinker, pulled over and got out to walk home.

    After that, a buddy was kind enough to let me get my feet wet, driving his well-beaten 1973 Vega. He took me to a huge empty parking lot a couple of times and let me get used to feeling the accelerator & get over the fear of turning. Nevertheless, I took the road test the first time in my Dad's Nova - and failed. I am pretty sure it was my dismal parallel parking that sealed the deal...although I really hadn't had enough hours behind the wheel at that point. Our local road test consisted of a right turn onto a fairly busy main road, followed by a left turn off of it (this was repeated to come back to the starting point after making a three-point turn and parallel parking in a suburban development). For most kids in this area, the left turns off the main road - where one had to judge oncoming traffic on some twisty turns that obscured traffic somewhat - was the most nerve wracking part of the test. I am sure I appeared nervous at that first left turn, which also didn't score me any points.



    Soon after, I had a driver's ed course in high school (this was ca. 1980; we drove those Chrysler K cars - Plymouth Reliant?) and then my GF's dad taught us both in their 1978 Pontiac Phoenix (basically a 'nice' Nova V6 coupe). I spent tons of time with her family, so he just let us drive everywhere, giving very patient encouragement and directions. He was a great teacher, and when he let me take my second test in their car, I was ready.

    The second time, there was one funny incident - at the first left turn on the major road, I was much ,more confidfent and eager to show this - but as I approached the spot, I spied a white blur in the distance. Way in the distance...but still. I had my blinker on and came to a stop in the intersection, but waited. The tester told me to 'go already, the road was clear!' I held up a finger (ie, 'wait for it'). A split second later, a Cobra Mustang convertible BLEW by us in the oncoming lane. If I had turned, we'd have been flattened.

    The tester gulped a few times and I am pretty sure I saw his knuckles going white as he gripped his clipboard. I went through all the remaining turns and parking, etc without further incident and he seemed to have regained composure when we got back to the starting point. He asked how I knew the other car was coming so fast (probably - no lie - 80-90 in a 30 mph zone). I basically told him that guy was a kid just a few years older than me and the most notorious drug dealer/hot rodder/JD in the area...that car was a must to avoid if you wanted to survive crossing the streets, etc.

    I passed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    Awesome. That reminds me of my road test story:

    - I first tried to have my Dad 'teach' me in our 1977 Nova. That lasted maybe half a block - on my first ever driving attempt, the first time I made a turn and did the classic newb fail (not letting the steering wheel recoil, so you continue pulling to the right for a right turn)....my dad screamed at me, so I put on my right blinker, pulled over and got out to walk home.

    After that, a buddy was kind enough to let me get my feet wet, driving his well-beaten 1973 Vega. He took me to a huge empty parking lot a couple of times and let me get used to feeling the accelerator & get over the fear of turning. Nevertheless, I took the road test the first time in my Dad's Nova - and failed. I am pretty sure it was my dismal parallel parking that sealed the deal...although I really hadn't had enough hours behind the wheel at that point. Our local road test consisted of a right turn onto a fairly busy main road, followed by a left turn off of it (this was repeated to come back to the starting point after making a three-point turn and parallel parking in a suburban development). For most kids in this area, the left turns off the main road - where one had to judge oncoming traffic on some twisty turns that obscured traffic somewhat - was the most nerve wracking part of the test. I am sure I appeared nervous at that first left turn, which also didn't score me any points.



    Soon after, I had a driver's ed course in high school (this was ca. 1980; we drove those Chrysler K cars - Plymouth Reliant?) and then my GF's dad taught us both in their 1978 Pontiac Phoenix (basically a 'nice' Nova V6 coupe). I spent tons of time with her family, so he just let us drive everywhere, giving very patient encouragement and directions. He was a great teacher, and when he let me take my second test in their car, I was ready.

    The second time, there was one funny incident - at the first left turn on the major road, I was much ,more confidfent and eager to show this - but as I approached the spot, I spied a white blur in the distance. Way in the distance...but still. I had my blinker on and came to a stop in the intersection, but waited. The tester told me to 'go already, the road was clear!' I held up a finger (ie, 'wait for it'). A split second later, a Cobra Mustang convertible BLEW by us in the oncoming lane. If I had turned, we'd have been flattened.

    The tester gulped a few times and I am pretty sure I saw his knuckles going white as he gripped his clipboard. I went through all the remaining turns and parking, etc without further incident and he seemed to have regained composure when we got back to the starting point. He asked how I knew the other car was coming so fast (probably - no lie - 80-90 in a 30 mph zone). I basically told him that guy was a kid just a few years older than me and the most notorious drug dealer/hot rodder/JD in the area...that car was a must to avoid if you wanted to survive crossing the streets, etc.

    I passed.

    your story is very similar to mine

    i tolerated exactly two driving lessons with my dad before i parked the car and walked home
    my dad later said to my reckless accident prone brother
    that he didnt think i would ever get the hang of driving

    i also practiced in girlfriends cars
    and on a road trip to the southern us in my buddies mercury topaz
    on the road trip i was able to practice driving on highways and in cities
    and with a trailer

    the only differences between our stories are that
    i got a motorcycle and a motorcycle license before i got a car license and
    i passed my drivers test on the first try even though i went too fast through one corner
    the tester said i should be fine because
    i had more than two years of safe motorcycleing by that point
    i would bet that i showed a little more confidence than most
    as i did my test in my friends topaz
    a month after i had driven it across the usa

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaRaleigh View Post
    It wasn't an easy test... took me 3 tries in this beast.
    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Lol. I had a similar beast. Dodge Crestwood Wagon. Don't recall the year but it looked like this.



    Parallel parked that sucker in 16 seconds without hitting anything.
    I took mine in the Ford version, complete with the fake wood siding. I got points deducted for not knowing the parking brake was released when you took the car out of park, we'd never done that when practicing and it took me a minute to find the manual release.

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    The first thing I learned to drive was an old Farmall tractor at the age of 9. My Dad decided to put me to work while on vacation. I wasn't big enough to fork hay, although I tried. After that Dad started teaching me in our 60s Falcon on back roads.

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