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21-06-2007, 16:38   #21
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My instructor was R.A (never found out his name) Smith. But weirdly, I remember the reggie number of the blue Nissan Cherry he taught me in. D622 OWB
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21-06-2007, 18:13   #22
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I learned to drive in the mid-60's in a Ford Anglia at JSB School of Motoring which was at the bottom of Ecclesall Road opposite Ward's Brewery - well before the road widening etc. - just a small shop.
JSB was Stan Barraclough who was a retired police officer. Can't say he was a man one would be endeared to but I passed first time and am grateful for his tutelage.
I think a lesson was 1 5s 0d.
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21-06-2007, 18:56   #23
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Passed my test in 1982 with a bloke called Ted Wood & drove his 950cc fiesta. Failed twice at Handsworth & passed at Manor Top after breaking speed limit to get there as I was driving around Handsworth & he forgot I was at the Manor centre for the test. lessons was 5 / hour to start & finished at 6/hour ......always got more than a hour each lesson.
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21-06-2007, 20:45   #24
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My driving instructor was called Ellaway,i think he lived at Stannington,around 1.00. per lesson.Passed driving test first time,this was in 1970.
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02-07-2007, 20:51   #25
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Passed my test in 1982 with a bloke called Ted Wood & drove his 950cc fiesta. Failed twice at Handsworth & passed at Manor Top after breaking speed limit to get there as I was driving around Handsworth & he forgot I was at the Manor centre for the test. lessons was 5 / hour to start & finished at 6/hour ......always got more than a hour each lesson.
They should have paid you to drive that piece of tosh!
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02-07-2007, 20:56   #26
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The Ferraris were both booked up so had the fiesta.
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02-07-2007, 20:59   #27
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The Ferraris were both booked up so had the fiesta.
A Ferrari on the Manor Top???

Now that would be fun!
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02-07-2007, 21:01   #28
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You aint jokin ..........
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09-07-2007, 09:35   #29
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me and my bro passed 1st time in the mid 80s
with a guy called shawn barton from stannington
he use to look like elton john
think hes gone to live in portugal now
his car reg used to be THE41S
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09-07-2007, 22:06   #30
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Passed my test in 1982 with a bloke called Ted Wood & drove his 950cc fiesta. Failed twice at Handsworth & passed at Manor Top after breaking speed limit to get there as I was driving around Handsworth & he forgot I was at the Manor centre for the test. lessons was 5 / hour to start & finished at 6/hour ......always got more than a hour each lesson.
that man was my dad! i had the ferraris then...................

and yes, he always gave more than an hour to EVERYONE, that's why we had to go to bloody butlin's for holidays while the other instructor's families went to Spain or somewhere exotic (for those days!)!

he really enjoyed it tho, and I passed first time so can't complain!
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09-07-2007, 22:07   #31
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that man was my dad! i had the ferraris then...................

and yes, he always gave more than an hour to EVERYONE, that's why we had to go to bloody butlin's for holidays while the other instructor's families went to Spain or somewhere exotic (for those days!)!

he really enjoyed it tho, and I passed first time so can't complain!
er, sorry.

correction.

IS my dad. sorry, pops.
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10-07-2007, 00:15   #32
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I had driving lessons with ERIC ABBEY he never advertised word of mouth was his way of getting customers.i remember the first lesson it was a mini to my horror it was not duel controlled,Erics reply was i,am not learning to drive so he did,nt need any controls.I was in my 30s when i learnt to drive,but thanks to the best instructor ever,. i passed 1st time.All the family son,s son,s girlfriends were taught by Eric.Ithink his son also went on to be a Driving instructor anyone else taught by Eric?
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10-07-2007, 01:29   #33
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I learned with Dennis Crawshaw over in Stocksbridge about 20 years ago, no surprise then that my hill starts and clutch control are good. He changed to a diesel car part way through my lessons and informed me that you couldn't stall a diesel, I soon proved him wrong hehe. Seriously though he was a very good and patient instructor, a credit to his profession.
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10-07-2007, 07:01   #34
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me and my bro passed 1st time in the mid 80s
with a guy called shawn barton from stannington
he use to look like elton john
think hes gone to live in portugal now
his car reg used to be THE41S
I think his father was Bill Barton who used to run Roxy School of Motoring. He taught most of my family and friends, most passing first time. I believe he also taught Martin Woodward to be an Instructor, who set up his own school in '73, whose name I now work under.
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11-07-2007, 17:00   #35
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I think his father was Bill Barton who used to run Roxy School of Motoring. He taught most of my family and friends, most passing first time. I believe he also taught Martin Woodward to be an Instructor, who set up his own school in '73, whose name I now work under.
yes you are 100% right it was roxy som
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12-07-2007, 21:16   #36
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I learnt to drive in 1969 at Broomhill Driving School who had (so I was told) acquired the first 2 Datsuns ( now Nissan) to be imported into Britain they retailed at 888 on the road !!!
I can't remember the instructors name but his wife was a hairdresser. During one lesson he told me to"pull over to the left and stop" he then leaned back in his seat and , with a sigh, said " Christ I'm tired I've shampooed 3 this morning".
My test was at Sharrow Lane and as we moved off the examiner told me to take the next left , but I turned RIGHT ! We ended up driving up narrow alleys and lanes between London Road and Sharrow to get back onto his scheduled route ....BUT I passed first time.
That afternoon I went out and ordered my first new vehicle a new Hillman Imp van in dark blue , FWE 637J. I got it from Highfield Motors on London Road and it cost me 545 on the road.
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13-07-2007, 11:11   #37
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I had driving lessons with ERIC ABBEY he never advertised word of mouth was his way of getting customers.i remember the first lesson it was a mini to my horror it was not duel controlled,Erics reply was i,am not learning to drive so he did,nt need any controls.I was in my 30s when i learnt to drive,but thanks to the best instructor ever,. i passed 1st time.All the family son,s son,s girlfriends were taught by Eric.Ithink his son also went on to be a Driving instructor anyone else taught by Eric?
I was and so was my Mum, unfortunatley i didnt pass my first test (horrible spotty old bloke at middlewood test centre) i was 17 at the time, i was gutted , so i gave up !! couldnt afford a car anyhow , start again when i was 22 eric had retired, so i then had Harry brooks, he was lovely really help boost my confidence, however when i passed my test second time round the the very nice man that passed me asked if i had been taught by Eric Abbey, apparently he could tell this by my driving ???
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13-07-2007, 22:59   #38
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I was taught by Mel Travers, when he was based at Crookes. Think it was called Safeway driving school, back in 1986.

He still teaches today but works for someone I dont wish to speak about Lol

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31-10-2007, 00:35   #39
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Myself, my wife, and my sister were all taught to drive in the 60s by a chap called Peter (I think surname Elliot) who originally worked at Bert Fell's Driving School, which was based at the Highfield end of Abbeydale Road.
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31-10-2007, 14:04   #40
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Anyone on the forum beat this iv'e had a license to drive for 67 yrs the only blob on my record was a fine for speeding in 1965 ,a fine of ten bob on my motorbike in 1947 for creeping though an halt sign, otherwise a clean license,37 vehicles in those years and never had a test, Cheers Arthur.
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