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Young drivers get into old cars at British driving school

Children as young as 10 can drive a vintage vehicle through Young Driver program


Young Driver, a British driving school that specializes in training those aged 10 to 17, is adding some vintage vehicles to its fleet. 

“Getting kids into the classics,” Young Driver says of the new program, and, it adds, “and parents can have a go too.”

Young Driver usually uses brand new Vauxhall Corsa SE Premium models at its 70 venues across the UK, and finally is launching the classic car experience it planned for 2020, only to be halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Young Driver classic fleet includes (from left) 1963 Vauxhall VX490 HB, 1934 Austin & Ulster Replica and 1959 Morris Minor convertible

The new program, which features a Vauxhall VX490, Morris Minor and Austin 7, launches May 22 at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon. Similar events are planned at other venues. The vintage vehicle driving experiences will run for 15 minutes and costs £25 ($35).

Young Driver notes that its 1963 Vauxhall VX490 HB is one of only 10 registered in the UK and has been driven only 21,000 miles since new. The 1934 Austin & Ulster Replica has cycle fenders, a fold-down windscreen and boat-tail aluminum body. The 1959 Morris Minor convertible features “a sweet gearbox.”

“Since 1903 drivers have needed to be 17 to get behind the wheel,” noted Sue Waterfield, head of marketing for the school, “so our pupils will be the youngest to take control of these three classics.

“Lockdown has meant the cars have had to be rested for a few months, but we’re delighted to now be able to properly launch our classic experience. 

“We’ve given more than 900,000 lessons in new cars over the last 12 years, but the Vauxhall VX490, Morris Minor and Austin 7 will give a completely different experience. We’re happy to let both youngsters and grown ups have a go behind the wheel and take a step (or drive) back in time. The nostalgia factor will be huge for anyone over a certain age, but these cars appeal to everyone, they’re absolutely stunning and great fun to drive.”

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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