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Oct 19, 2014
Through our Magic Day Exploits and additional fund raising through driving exotic and unusual vehicles, cake making, etc. the target has been surpassed......

Oct 13, 2014
Two Under 17 Car Club Senior Instructors ran in the MPG Marathon 2014 event driving a Honda Civic Family Estate car. Fuel miser masters by showing professional BTCC drivers, Sheddon and Neal a clean pair of heels in the same car. read on....

Aug 14, 2014
The 2013 accounts of the Under 17 Car Club Charitable Trust have now been published.

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The Under 17 Car Club

An opportunity for Junior drivers under 17 to learn driving as a life skill. Our young drivers have a unique opportunity to learn all aspects of driving in safe controlled environments.

Founded by Barry "Whizzo Williams and Sandy Barrie in 1976, we have decades of experience teaching young drivers. Barry is still involved with the club today and this is what he had to say in a recent interview, also take a look at what you get the chance to do:


Interested? Please read on... The quality time allowed behind the wheel driving plus all the extra activities available, our young drivers build up hours of experience driving and receive extensive class leading high quality instruction throughout their time with the club. We do not abandon our drivers once they obtain their full license, we encourage through our unique relationship with the IAM, (Institute of Advanced Motorists) ongoing training leading to becoming a qualified advanced driver.

There is no other young driver training for ages 11 to 17 like it available today. If you think we are expensive, then compare our prices for real quality driving time behind the wheel. Many schemes appear cheap, £200 a session or or even £60 per hour, but the Under 17 Car Club costs significantly less, yet delivers  more than any other scheme available today:

Our current costs equate to: £8.68 per day (£1.45 per hour)

This is based  upon available time behind the wheel driving (typically 6hrs per day) and attending 34 days of club meetings. Even if you were to attend 50% of the available days it would still only equate to £17.36 per day, (£2.90 per hour).

PAthfinderIf you are 16 years of age nearing 17 years, then our week long Pathfinder course is available to you. For more details please see our sister website for more information.

Open Day

During each year we run a number of "Open Day's" whereby you can come and take a look at how we operate and what we have to offer. Please check back from time to time to see when they are in 2015.

We meet on average 34 times a year where you take advantage of our facilities.

We rarely cancel unless the weather conditions are too treacherous to reach a venue in the first place. We like to try and allow the young drivers to experience as many weather conditions as possible.

Included in our curriculum: For more details of below and all our activities click here

Multiple Venues; Offering different driving opportunities to cover the variety of roads you may come across and further enhance your awareness and observation skills.

2014 IAM Summer MagazineIAM: Opportunity once 17 and having passed your driving test to take your Institute of Advanced Motorists test a syou will have been well prepared on the skills and we can asist in facilitating on road Observation drives.  We already have provided their youngest full members this year. See more here

So where else can you get so much for so little and get fantastic high quality instruction and many great days out. Even your parent will be receiving training and advice as part of the journey through the club to becoming a safe and efficient driver when you get on the road.

now to find out more or come along to one of our open days when available.

The Club Philosophy

Our philosophy promotes safe driving skills and attitudes through our continuing programme of volunteer run pre-licence driver development events.

We believe that the most effective way to enable this vulnerable group to respond to the challenges faced by novice drivers is by:


What people are saying about us & Pathfinder


More Club Members achieve IAM Passes

Adding to Megan's success, two more Club Members have passed their IAM tests which they took on Sunday both aged 17 yrs, which has astounded the IAM examiners by the quality of drivers that we as a club produce which further provides evidence that our methodology with young people really works! See news item for more information.

Praise Indeed From First Buses

First Buses Logo2Under 17 Car Club members were treated to the use of one of First's training coaches which was driven down and supported by Nick Sutton, one of their senior examiners covering the south west. Nick was extremely impressed with the competance of our young drivers, leading him to comment on his days experience.

Training Bus

"I really was impressed with the skill and ability demonstrated by those young drivers yesterday" - Nick Sutton, Delegated Examiner, First

Hampshire,Dorset & Berkshire, Devon & Cornwall. Read more here.