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Hot Rods Who Else Gets To Drive Your Car?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by TFoch, Oct 20, 2018.

  1. Today I took a drive on the back roads of New Hampshire with my daughter. As we made a turn onto a road that was going to bring us through a covered bridge, I pulled over and asked her if she wanted to drive. With the biggest smile I've seen on her face in a while she said YES! I don't let just anyone drive my car but I enjoyed sharing this with my daughter. Do you guys let anyone else drive your cars? IMG_3810.JPG IMG_3774.JPG IMG_3812.JPG
  2. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,968



    Definitely, but only friends who understand old cars.
    Not everyone can drive this old beast.
    I did offer to teach my 13 year old daughter to drive in it, but she preferred her brothers jappa......
  3. raven
    Joined: Aug 19, 2002
    Posts: 4,614


    My youngest son (21) and rarely my wife. With the new engine in it, she doesn’t want to drive it anymore...

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  4. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,505


    John Porter.
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  5. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,956


    my wife drives them all
  6. I don't let a lot of people drive my car. My wife will drive it, but it seems to me she's nervous when she does, and that can create its own issues. There are a few of the folks that I hang out with that I have no problem letting them drive.

    It's such a different experience seeing your car being driven, rather than you driving it. Last month I had 2 of my 63s at a show and I got to see the one in my avatar, being driven by my wife, in the rear view mirror. I don't recall ever seeing it in motion from that perspective.
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  7. 61Cruiser
    Joined: Dec 5, 2013
    Posts: 115


    I’d let anyone drive the Chev if I knew that they loved and respected old cars. I would die if it got damaged but I’m also not to precious about it.

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  8. Wife prefers to be the cuddly passenger but she can drive. The kids and my dad can drive occasionally
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  9. I only trust two people to drive my F-100 and my brother is the other one.

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  10. Clay Belt
    Joined: Jun 9, 2017
    Posts: 379

    Clay Belt

    At one point, it was a decently sized list. Me, my dad, my mom, a couple friends of mine. Then mom got stuck somewhere, dad decided he wants AC in Florida, I went away to college and a couple of the friends got busted for drunk driving in an OT pickup they had already rolled without leaving property lines in a suburban neighborhood. Currently just one friend, but he’s the reason the engine’s out of it. Blew a head gasket doing a couple rolling runs at 90 on the interstate like a dumbass. He only will be able to drive it when I can’t, cause at this point I still would prefer it was running regularly instead of him not touch it. Got to put the drivetrain back in it first though.
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  11. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 16,635


    Very few...The Transport company driver drove it into my garage and parked it at delivery...the Mechanic who certified it and three other mechanics did also that did some engine work on it...the Missus has no interest but going for a drive that's it. No real Hotrodders in my family...and I've let a couple sit in it too much to lose and Insurance.

    Somewhat related...I let 2 work colleagues both seasoned Motorcycle riders one after another take my Vintage 57 Harley for a ride around my former very large, largely parked up workplace parking lot. One came back after several minutes the other fella hopped on took it away and when he came back several minutes later he was banged up with the bike somewhat damaged...he went head over heels saying it wouldn't stop...he was lucky to be alive...I don't know what the hell happened but it must have been quite the thing to witness...I was able to ride home can't remember what I did to fix it.

    This all said I see above others have had issues as well...yeah I'm picky about careful who you allow that's for sure.
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  12. Crocodile
    Joined: Jun 16, 2016
    Posts: 231


    My wife moves my 40 around if she wants the shop or the hoist. Otherwise, only my Dad, so far. He is 82, loosing a lot of memory, and can still show me how to make shifting a 40 look effortless...
  13. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,175

    from Oregon

    I would say my wife but I don't think she would be interested in that. I maybe surprised one day but I guess it just me. :)
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  14. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,219


    My collector car insurance has very few restrictions, but my wife or myself are the only authorized drivers. I'm ok with that...
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  15. Awesome post "TFoch"

    That is one of the things I missed by never having any "human" kids! All my kids were born without thumbs, so they can't drive.

    As a transporter, there are many times when I drive a customers vehicle before or after I transport it for many reasons. Sometimes I can't get the truck & trailer close enough to winch, other times the buyer is scared to death to drive them or put them in their garage for the first time. Having been a rabid car guy for decades, I have owned & driven hundreds, so I handle that for them

    Here is one that comes to mind. I unloaded across from this gentlemans' house & said ..I hope you enjoy your new toy, his response was : I need you to park it in the garage next to the Rolls! I smiled & said No Problem.

    God Bless

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  16. jimdillon
    Joined: Dec 6, 2005
    Posts: 2,975


    I have allowed others to drive my cars, including my wife but I generally don't make a habit of it. I also don't like driving other peoples cars. My grandfather was a car collector and I was required to drive antique and classic cars to shows for years. Some were enjoyable to drive and others were a chore. There are exceptions of course when my friend asked if I wanted to drive his Marmon V16 around the track at Indy during the 2011-centential celebration. Here is a picture they supply you when you cross the bricks. Fun day for sure.

    Bill, by the way it was good meeting you on Friday loading the 61 Vette. I would certainly suggest that others give you a try when they need transport. Jim img090-1.jpg
  17. Having driven hundreds of vintage cars, including many of my customers*, in past 4 decades myself, I've always let anyone with appreciation, interest and reasonable understanding of vintage vehicle driving experience drive any of mine.
    While I love (vintage) driving, I also enjoy sitting as passenger in my own cars, especially the Roadster if its driven by someone with above attributes.

    * After any major work, especially anything mechanical, I usually put a minimum 100-200 miles of testing, including at least 80%** of cars top speed capabilities, etc before handing the keys to owner.
    Many will never attempt to drive theirs that hard, but I just want to make sure it is capable and safe doing it if they ever decide to do so. Some have even asked me to give them a spirited ride in their own car. ;)

    ** I've done 140+ on extended periods (on public roads, not "racing") with several 45+ year old cars capable of 170+ and 100+ with numerous 55+ year old ones capable of +/-120.
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  18. My late wife would have loved to drive my car since its a stick and is fast. So far my buddy Neil and my brother are the only ones that have driven it any distance. They have both been involved in the build. The car has no power steering and it takes muscle to handle it, my current girlfriend has no desire to even try it.
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  19. Brenda drives anything in the garage but prefers the wagon.

    I have let several friend drive my old Deuce, including my daughter & good friends.

    Our grandson is coming home from collage this Christmas and ask me would I teach him how to drive a stick, I was totally unaware he had never had the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of banging gears & the wagon is the only one that is straight drive.

    So, yes our grandson will be driving it soon.

    While we are giving drivers lessons I guess we should teach our eldest granddaughter to drive the wagon, after all she will inherit the car when we can no loner drive. HRP
  20. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,708


    I got one of my sons to drive the Chevy II a few times, and of course my friend Dan has put a bunch of miles on it, driving to/from Drag Week.

    Still haven't got anyone to try Almost Funny. You have to be really stupid to want do drive that one.

  21. kbgreen
    Joined: Jan 12, 2014
    Posts: 337


    I will let immediate family members drive the cars after I've taught them how the car starts. The biggest difference that I have to alert them to is the carbureted cars don't start like FI cars. For some reason the average Joe/Josephine want to hold the pedal to the floor after having an extended starter run. They then hold the pedal to the floor way too long. The 40 Buick is a unique starter as you don't engage the stater with the key, but merely turn the ignition to the on position then use the gas pedal to activate the starter. I would never valet park the cars.
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  22. As I've probably mentioned somewhere here before, I've even let some good friends take my Roadster for few day road trips.
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  23. Binger
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,675

    from wyoming

    My wife drives the 50 Chevy and is ready to learn about the older ones. My son and brother have driven my coupe. Other cars I have let lots of people drive them. I make sure they understand and appreciate how to drive them. Earlier this summer I taught the lead singer from the rock band Devotchka how to drive my roadster. They used it in a music video that they are working on. It was cool to meet the band and then the next week see them on good morning America.


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  24. My wife and daughters will drive the Nomad, Vette, or Delivery. But not the old A coupe. They're more than welcome to. They just don't want to! :rolleyes:
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  25. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,341

    from Berry, AL

    So far, I'm the only one to drive the Lincoln. It had manual steering, and after her first ride in it, my wife decided until it got power steering she wasn't going to try and drive it. Everything else I've had, we both drove. She'll get her chance with the Lincoln when it gets back on the road, hopefully by next summer.....
  26. No one I know well enough to let them wants to drive old cars...:(
  27. 4wd1936
    Joined: Mar 16, 2009
    Posts: 851

    from NY

    Jeff Gordon, John Force and Steve Kinser!
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    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
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  29. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,083

    jim snow

    Boy that smile is worth a million. I let two of three kids of mine that asked. I saw the same smile. Can't beat it. Snowman

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