What's with the Rolls Royce?
Once a year, we hold our “Magic Day” charity fundraising event, and over the years have been fortunate enough to be visited by some very special vehicles.
WHO IS THE MEMBER OF THE CLUB?
The under 17s are the members of the club. They will be accompanied by 1 or more associates, usually a parent or guardian. Once at the club, only the member will drive, except for special events.
WHY IS THE JOINING UPPER AGE LIMIT 15?
The primary goal of the club is to allow our members to become skilled, safe and accomplished drivers by the time they leave the club, and that takes time. Moreover, a number of our special events require people to have reached a certain skill level. Finally, as the club is run entirely by unpaid volunteers, and longer associations with the club are preferred. If you are 16 or 17, you may be interested in one of the courses offered by our Pathfinder project.
WHEN CAN I JOIN?
At times we have a waiting list, but at the moment we do not, so if you are aged between 11 and 15, please get in touch and you should be able to join very soon.
WHO TEACHES THE MEMBER TO DRIVE?
The Associate (parent or guardian) teaches the member to drive. At regular intervals, the member will be assessed by a club instructor to help guide members and associates alike, and when appropriate move the member up a grade.
WHAT CAR WILL I DRIVE?
Members will initially drive the ‘family’ car. This should have 4 seats, a manual gearbox and a centrally located handbrake which can be reached easily by the passenger. If your car does not match this description please get in touch and we can advise you if your car would be suitable. As your skills improve you will get the chance to drive a variety of vehicles including vans, rigid trucks, articulated lorries, small buses and double deckers!
WHAT ABOUT INSURANCE?
This is an own risk Club. We all bring our own cars and families entirely at our own risk. However, any kind of damage is extremely rare.
DO YOU HAVE A GRADING SYSTEM?
Yes. Our members progress through ungraded, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and for the very best, the X grade. Each grade requires not only improved driving skills, but theory tests and speciality driving experiences to produce all round better drivers.
WHEN ARE MEETINGS HELD?
Meetings are generally held on Sunday between February and November each year. Please see our 2018 schedule for more information.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS AS TO WHICH MEETINGS YOU CAN ATTEND?
Other than a few venues having grade restrictions due to complexity and skill levels required, you can attend all meetings on the calendar.
ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL CHARGES?
All normal driving days are free of charge, including regular instruction from our team of instructors, motorway training and truck day. Special events such as First Aid, Skid Pan, Caterham Day, 4×4 driving etc. incur extra charges.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU OFFER?
We are constantly evolving, but we currently offer night driving, mechanical knowledge, speed awareness, towing, automatic gearbox driving, skill tests, extensive manoeuvring, distracted driving, emergency braking and more!