IS NORMAN Dyson the oldest driver in town?
The 99-year-old is still driving about in his Citroen C1 car, just two months off his 100th birthday.
And he has never passed a proper driving test. Nor has he ever been involved in a crash, bump or scrape over the years.
The former member of the Royal Army Service Corps learnt to drive heavy goods vehicles and was quickly pushed up the A, B, C and D tests when the Army instructor saw he could drive.
But the Fartown pensioner, born in 1909, said the roads today are a different world.
Mr Dyson said: “You’ve got to have your wits about you now – there are a lot of lunatics driving about.
“I tend to go on quiet roads. They are much busier now but I still enjoy driving because I can get out to see family.”
Mr Dyson said his dream car would be a Honda Accord.
It’s a world away from his first car which was a second hand jet black Standard Swallow which he bought in his early 30s.
He said: “I’d be roaring away in it but wasn’t going anywhere fast.
“It was a three speed-gear car so it didn’t go very quickly.”
He once drove the car down to Wembley in 1953 when Huddersfield Rugby League team took on St Helens.
And because there were so few cars on the roads at the time he was able to park it just a hundreds metres or so away from the ground on Wembley Way.
He went on to have an Austin 10 which had ten horse power, as well as a Standard Ten.
In the early 60s he bought an Austin 35 which cost him £600, including £200 purchase tax.
Those were all traded in for a Wolseley 1500 which he used to tow his caravan, a much-loved pastime for him and late wife Kathleen.
And he later went on to have a Hillman Hunter before some kids set fire to his garage and burnt it out just after he has cleaned and polished it in preparation for his summer break.
More recently Mr Dyson, who served in Burma, Iraq and India, invested in a Vauxhall Astra and a Honda Accord, which is his favourite car from over the years. He added: “It was lovely to drive. Most modern cars aren’t as good as the old ones which were made to last.
“I’d have one of those if only I could afford one.”
He currently drives a Citroen C1 which he has been less than happy with.
Within four months of buying it the gears went, it needed a new clutch and the drive shaft went, costing him £500.
He said: “They said it was the way I was driving it which I had to laugh at.
“I’ve never had an accident. I remember once I skidded on some ice but didn’t crash.”
The DVLA have just renewed his licence for another three years.
There is no legal duty for drivers to take retests or medicals after the age of 70. But they are sent a form every three years, on which they can declare whether they have any medical conditions.
With less than two months to go before his 100th birthday, Mr Dyson says he will drive for as long as he can.
He will celebrate his centenary by driving himself to a village near Carnforth, Lancashire, for a well-deserved holiday.