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  • OBT VXR8 Fun for 16yr Old

    Hi Guys,

    Just had my first run out with the Pistonheads (Scottish) Forum members yesterday and it was a great day, well organised and a great selection of cars.

    I had 4 young lads with me in the car, my 19yr old & 16yr old sons with two of their pals. For the on-road drive I only let my own 19yr old drive it and he did ok with this being his first open road run in it and got a few nice overtakes in - he is not a natural driver and has to work hard at it but can be very good at times when he is fully focused and he learned a lot from the day.

    As a result of what we do, my youngest has been driving since he was 9yrs old and at 12yrs old was capable of reaching triple figures in our Golf GT TDi on private ground and beating experienced drivers over a timed, coned, manoeuvrability course. You would imagine he is daft on cars and can't wait until he can start driving on road early next year. That said he wasn't sure about going for a run with his dad and brother in the car all day - he loved it and was amazed at the variety of cars and driving. reckons it was best day out he has had in a while . . . . . . . and that is before I took them to private ground to let all four of them drive the VXR8 and push it a little with the ESP on and OFF !

    This was off road on private ground which was dry - Got them all up to reasonable speeds to experience the power of the car with various nought to whatever mphs as well, then from about 20mph at a nice hairpin bend allowed them to push the car several times with ESP on to feel how the car was still going to kick out slightly before correcting itself and then the fun continued by switching off the ESP and doing the same . . . . . . it let them see just how the car can surprise them and then learn how to bring it back in under control again.

    My personal highlight was the first time my 16yr old drove it without the ESP to the surprise of his older pal in back seat who while giving some verbal input, let out a 'girly shriek' after being as 'cool as' beforehand. Then it had to be the first 180 degree turn my 16 yr old did by total accident when he let it go a bit far . . . . . he then realised what he had done and said can I try that again but to do a 180 turn. I let him and he mastered it really well with excellent control for his 1st proper attempt (missed it on video but got another one where he drives on after completing it).

    The young lads in the car took away a good bit from the day and the offroad bit at the end was a reality check for them (with one pal really surprised as can be heard in his comment on vid)and they realise how easy the car control can get away from them even in the dry and just how much of the road the car can take over even at low speeds. I have stressed the importance of going to a track or private airfield to get moore fun from their driving.

    I know we are always going to get the 'shouldn't be letting younger drivers drive such powerful cars' brigade but I've heard it before and it is not going to change my thoughts!

    We did get that bit of fun on the phone video camera and it can be seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEcB7q2Epsc

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    Respect to you for this I'm all for educating young drivers about car control in a safe manner.

    I would like to think this will make a serious difference when they pass their tests and get on the road.
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    • #3
      Love it!

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      • #4
        wish you was my old man wen i was that age lol

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        • #5
          I'd have loved to have done that when I was younger.

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          • #6
            really good idea, that sorta thing should be on the driving test!

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            • #7
              my little lad is only 6 and is already constantly asking about being able to drive.

              Obviously he'll have to wait till he can reach the pedals and have the necessary reflexes to control the car,but about 10 seems to be a common age to start

              any pointers as to clubs / places etc.. to go do this ?

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              • #8
                Well done to you and your boys! This is exactly the sort of responsible driver behaviour that is needed to ensure the roads of the UK are a safer place to be for drivers both young and old in the coming years. Hats off to you. x
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                • #9
                  As a young teenager I remember the first time on a dirt track in my trusty Morris Marina 1300 Super, sharp bend ahead and I tried to powerslide around it, failed spectacularly and tank slapped, ended up side swiping a fence post lol.......nothing too hard or harsh but I always remember that feeling of being totally out of control at that moment, yet before it happend feeling like I was in total control

                  It was 6 months later I was in an Escort Mk2 1300 that I tried to drift off the exit of a wet roundabout thinking I was Hanu Mikkola or something, I tank slapped again and spun into the central reservation just missing a lamp post, it was at that time I realised I knew sheit about car control or driving, from that moment on I practiced like mad wherever and whenever possible, its saved my life a couple of times since...........

                  Moral of the story, teach kids they cant really drive like they think they can when they are young, and provide them with the means to teach them how to drive properly and they stand a good chance of making past their teen years


                  And that my friends is where my signature comes from.................Mainly inspired by those people who think they can drive just because they think they have a fast car, which basically means every teenager in a Rice mobil out there....
                  Last edited by Phantom Mark; 13 October 2009, 03:28 PM.
                  2009 Red Hot VXR8 LS3 Manual.......very "Smitten"

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                  • #10
                    sounds like a good day out.

                    u shuda stopped at the showcase after ur drivethrough kfc. we were all patiently waiting on the sound of the best roaring past
                    Originally posted by VXR Staff
                    Billy junior is the future...

                    Right off to see if the scythe is needed or not

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Phantom Mark View Post
                      Moral of the story, teach kids they cant really drive like they think they can when they are young, and provide them with the means to teach them how to drive properly and they stand a good chance of making past their teen years
                      You could also let them make mistakes on their skateboard, pushbike etc. It's the way I found out that I wasn't invincible.

                      Originally posted by Phantom Mark View Post
                      And that my friends is where my signature comes from...........
                      Weird, I thought it came from a Pirelli calendar.

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                      • #12
                        Yer those biaches stole it from me
                        2009 Red Hot VXR8 LS3 Manual.......very "Smitten"

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                        • #13
                          Their is a u17 car club with venues mainly based along the M4. It has a membership of about 300 children from 11 years upwards. You teach your child to drive in your car and they then have advanced drivers and police and rospa members to test them . They start off as a level u and build up through 5 to 1 then for the best an x level . Venues used Castle Coombe , Road Research Lab Crowthorne, Gaydon , Long marston raceway, North Weald,etc . Different Venue every week about 35 meets a year .A long waiting list hope to have my eldest signed up for 2010.

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