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Tony Webb's Half Century of Advanced Driving

A Londoner by birth, Tony moved to Bristol in his early twenties where he took and passed the Institute of Advanced Motorists Advanced Driving Test in 1970; Tony has been a full paid-up member ever since making 2019 his 50th year with the charity.

Tony said that his two-wheel road experiences started in 1965 with a Vespa GS125 and later a Suzuki 125 beach bike - with top speeds of around 50mph -"quite sedate by modern standards" jokes Tony, now. 

However, it is the cars in Tony's life that would make a significant classic car line up, worthy of any collections - initially learning to drive in one of the very first Morris 1100s then following on with an Austin A40 Farina, Mini Cooper, then a plethora of Triumphs (Spitfire MK4, GT6, TR6, Dolomite Sprint and 2.5PI) and even one of the first 2 door Land Rovers before graduating to more exotica such as a Ford Lotus Cortina Mk2, Gilbern GT, Porsche 928, Caterham Super7, Mercedes SLs and a 1930s Bentley plus many more.  Tony's driving experience with all these British classics (Porsche  & Mercs aside) has made him a committed classic car enthusiast. 

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Tony recollects some of his other driving experiences like the time he drove to all 17 World Cup football venues in Spain taking in 14 different cities.  "The plan was to share the driving with a colleague" he says "but after just one short journey as a passenger not long after setting off on this epic journey,  I decided my life was worth more and completed the 2400km as the sole driver thereafter. Still, it hugely improved my experience of continental driving and I'm still here to tell the tale."

Or the time he competed in a night rally with the Spitfire as a member of the Bristol Triumph club.  Tony recalls "My then best pal volunteered to be navigator / co pilot and the car had been kitted out with reading lights and maps.  But early on, it was clear that with his head down to read the map, my pal continually felt the need to be sick and consequently we had to resort to driving sedately all the way to the end where there was a bacon sandwich caravan. I forget if my friend was well enough to eat a greasy bacon sandwich though."

More recently however, Tony adds "During 2017, I decided to put my half century of Advanced Driving to better use. I joined my local IAM group in the South of England and passed the IMI Local Observer qualification before taking on my first Associate, who coincidently just happened to have previously lived in Aberdeenshire some years earlier.  With my daughter and son-in-law already living in Aberdeen, my wife and I decided to relocate to Aberdeenshire, where I've recently joined the Aberdeen Group.  I now look forward to passing on my knowledge and experience to new Associates. My first two Aberdeen drivers just recently successfully passed their Advanced tests. The first of many, I hope"