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Jan 09

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v1nn1e says:

RAC/ACU training

Anyone else do one of these courses back in the 70's?

Fond memories of my early days on two-wheels. I can remember getting the certificate and because I'd done it on my moped, so I would be fully prep'd to pass my full bike licence ASAP once I was 17, it was marked as a 'moped' version, which I was very disappointed about at the time :upset:

Helped me get a discount on my insurance even so.

Apparently the scheme got absorbed into the BMF in the early 80's...

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Aug 02

Posts: 468


Yup - I used to be one of the instructors back in 1972. Happy days - it's where I met the missus; we offered a money-back guarantee to pupils - she was the only one ever that we couldn't even get to ride a pushbike (still can't!) She got a refund, but returned to 'help out' with the tea and biscuits.

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Mar 10

Posts: 1

jelena7 says:


:smile I did the course at Middlemoor police stn in 1977 - excellent training, happy days

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Jan 09

Posts: 845

v1nn1e says:

The Badge!

Yeah, Surveyor, I remember that - I think it was a green shield thing - wonder what happened to mine...

To anyone out there that used to run the course in Stevenage, many thanks to you! :wink:

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Nov 08

Posts: 122

rcraven says:


Was one of 5 the first to complete a course in Blackpool in mid 60's, [ got 98 score out of 100] and was asked to became a trainee instructor which i didi for two years,

Was run by the Robinson brothers and supported by John Hall Motorcycles, Devonshire road Blackpool.

But then the govnt. changed the motorcycle training and  test, to be very very similar to that taken by RAC/ACU but did not allow that association to train anymore in preparation for the new test.

No doubt newby bikers could benifit from the about 26 hrs training given on many aspects of owning and riding two wheels.


BUT THATS PROGRESS.  All a newby needs now to improve his skills is MONEY












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Aug 12

Posts: 2

RedMerle says:

Stevenage RAC/ACU

I first learned at the Stevenage course, late in 1980 and gained my prized "Moped Graduate" badge! :lol:  I know I've still got it somewhere and (the day that I find it) it's going to go back on my jacket :wink:

I had only ever intended to use a moped until I was 17, but I thought I'd at least do it right and get trained. 

It's entirely down to them that I'm still riding proper bikes 32 years later, with a completely accident free record :smile  I still use what I learned on that scheme every time I ride. Thank you for Yvonne and the team for really inspiring instruction!

I even went back to help instruct there from around 1985 to 1987 and miss the fact that it's simply no longer possible for dedicated amateurs to teach (and inspire) about bikes and their maintenance, without the need for professionals to teach party tricks to pass multiple tests.

I know that your post was a long time ago but, if you ever come back to this thread, I'd be really interested to know when you were on the course.

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