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Driving Test??

#1
Dad talked of taking a "driving test" that involved taking a Matador towing a field gun downhill without touching the brakes and keeping control of the vehicle.

My question is does anyone else remember/recall or recognise doing something similar? What unit/service were you in? Anything that people know about such an experience is of interest.

Thanks
 
#2
Dad talked of taking a "driving test" that involved taking a Matador towing a field gun downhill without touching the brakes and keeping control of the vehicle.

My question is does anyone else remember/recall or recognise doing something similar? What unit/service were you in? Anything that people know about such an experience is of interest.

Thanks
No direct memory but it sounds reasonable. Until the 1970's lorry brakes were always a bit crap, so I can believe second or even first gear downhill was the way to do it.

There was a saying "go downhill in the same gear you'd use to go up".
 
#3
No direct memory but it sounds reasonable. Until the 1970's lorry brakes were always a bit crap, so I can believe second or even first gear downhill was the way to do it.

There was a saying "go downhill in the same gear you'd use to go up".
Quite so. Unless driving a staff car (without staff) downhill. In which case thrash the nuts off it to see how fast it will go :)
 

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