'78 Pontiac Catalina...another boat. My practice vehicle was more challenging and fun, '69 AMC Rebel with three on the tree.
Mercury Bobcat, in other words, and expensive Pinto...
This has to be a tie between re-frozen slushy uneven dirty ice stuff just right of the nicely plowed pavement, and super-glassy ice with a dusting of fresh powder - SalshShark
'67 VW Bug
"When I hear another express an opinion, which is not mine, I say to myself, He has a right to his opinion, as I to mine; why should I question it. His error does me no injury, and shall I become a Don Quixot to bring all men by force of argument, to one opinion? If a fact be misstated, it is probable he is gratified by a belief of it, and I have no right to deprive him of the gratification."
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.
"The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
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)
Surly Troll,Origin 8 CX'er,enough parts to build a few
I took my test in my 1966 Dodge Charger 383.
A Vauxhall Viva HC, 1256cc. It was powder blue and slow!
plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens
1985 Sandy Gilchrist-Colin Laing built 531c Audax/fast tourer.
1964 Flying Scot Continental (531)
1995 Cinelli Supercorsa (Columbus SLX)
1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed (531)
2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
(YES I LIKE STEEL)
2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1
1969 Cougar, heavily modified. 429 SCJ, 3000CFM electric supercharger, Engine specs:
- 4 bolt main engine blocks
- Forged aluminum pistons
- Mechanical lifter camshaft .488 lift torquer
- Adjustable rocker arms
- dual Holler 1150 cfm Holley three barrel carburetors
- Edelbrock dual carb intake
- Hutchinson fuel cooling system
Transmission: Tremec TR -6060 Msanusl
Suspension was chopped to Corvette specs
Hell of a car for a 16 year old, eh? Next was a 1948 MG TC, that I concurrently owned with the Cougar and replaced the Cougar ultimately after I could no longer insure the Cougar for street use.
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
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.
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.
1983 Colnago Super (Campy Record) | 1989 Eddy Merckx 7-Eleven Team Issue (Dura Ace) | Catamount MFS (1x8) | Top Image Neptune (SS)
It wasn't an easy test... took me 3 tries in this beast.
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.
Carrboro Bike Coalition - putting the "bike" in "CARrboro" :)
2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014)
Non-Bike hardware: Arch Linux - openSUSE 13.2 / Mac OS 10.6 - openSUSE Tumbleweed
66 Dodge Pickup. Not sure what make or model, but it was white. My parents.
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
I'd post what I drove AFTER I got my driver's license... but ya'll would hate me.
Might have been a 4-door I can't remember
- 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.
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
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.