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    Getting young people involved in the Car Hobby

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    Re: Getting young people involved in the Car Hobby

    I saw that this morning and now I intend to speak to my son about giving the car keys to his 5-year olds.
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    Re: Getting young people involved in the Car Hobby

    I love this story. Much older than the above 5 year old, but impressive.
    https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-...ves-its-route/

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    Re: Getting young people involved in the Car Hobby

    Quote Originally Posted by GregW View Post
    I love this story. Much older than the above 5 year old, but impressive.
    https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-...ves-its-route/
    Fun. Many years ago on New Year's eve, a friend's grandmother was riding home on a TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) the driver stopped at a phone booth to call his wife and wish her Happy New Year. I guess he took too long as she took the bus and drove the rest of the way home. She parked the bus around the corner and walked the rest of the way home.

    Mind you this same woman also accidentally drove through the neighbour's fence and when the neighbour started yelling, she rolled down the window and said you're just lucky I'm not in your GD pool and backed out. My friend told me the body shop ordered parts for her car in advance.
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    Re: Getting young people involved in the Car Hobby

    I drove my dad's Chrysler New Yorker at 15, my brother at 14 and my daughter was caught at age 14 with two cousins in the car.

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    Re: Getting young people involved in the Car Hobby

    Quote Originally Posted by pdplot View Post
    I drove my dad's Chrysler New Yorker at 15, my brother at 14 and my daughter was caught at age 14 with two cousins in the car.
    my dad would occasionally let me drive to church starting at about 11 years of age.

    Mrs JP's dad would let the kids drink underage at home preferring to let them learn there.

    When we had kids in their early teens, Mrs JP didn't want me to let them drive underage - and I didn't want her to let them drink underage so. the comrpmise would have been to let them drink and drive .... underage. (it didn't happen)
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    PS my son is 32 and while he can drive he still doesn't have a driver's license and, living in Toronto has no interest in getting one.
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    Re: Getting young people involved in the Car Hobby

    WOOF! As I've said for decades; "It happens in an eye-blink!" No better demonstration than back in 1977 or '78, when a gathering of fellow Elan owners were getting ready to watch an F-1 race. It was suggested someone make a trip to the local convenience store for some chips 'n sauce. A neighbor of one of the guys asked if he could 'borrow' the fellow's Elan to make the run, got permission but also the admonition that he should NOT drive with any risky behavior and: "Remember! Doc says it happens in an eye-blink! No showing off." The kid took a pal with him and tragically, he did something stupid. Lost control and flipped the Elan into a ditch, beheading his passenger. Hard lesson.

    In an odd splash of irony, that S-1 Elan had been my first ride in one, back in 1965. It then belonged to its first owner, and while I was the typical Corvette fan-boy 14-year-old, it attracted me with its uniqueness. He offered me a ride and my fate was sealed. Determined then and there I would own one of those cars one day.
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    Re: Getting young people involved in the Car Hobby

    Actually the first time I "drove" a car was when I was about 5 years old. My dad let me sit on his lap and steer while we drove up Haig Ave. and I turned the wheel into Crestview Ave. and our 1936 Pontiac headed up the hill towards our home street. With my friend Steve Osman, we also pretended to drive his mother's 1938 DeSoto, steering and shifting gears while she was inside our house playing cards with my mother.

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    Re: Getting young people involved in the Car Hobby

    I don't know if I really remember this or have just have been told but I do know I had a seat like this - start early!

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    Re: Getting young people involved in the Car Hobby

    OK not necessarily young people but you got to post somewhere right? As many are aware street racing and stunt driving are on a major uptick in these strange days. Today Mrs JP & I were out driving (North on HWY 6 at Clappison's Cut if you must know) and there on the downhill side was at least four tow trucks lights a flashing. Drove past and, Oh my someone has lost control and hit a concrete barrier - a barrier which runs parallel to the road - so driver was at 90 deg to the roadway. So of course I have to ogle - and yup, that would be a yellow Ferrari I see. Guy was not having a great day.
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