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The 1950s Driving Licence

It is estimated that by the mid-1890s there were approximately 15 motor cars on Britain’s roads. By 1934 there were 1.5 million and a driving test was introduced before a licence was awarded. In 1950, the pass rate for the UK test was 50%. Early motorists on the Island were wealthy, and in May 1904, 53 cars and 60 motorcycles were registered on the Island, with 122 driving licences issued. The first conviction for drink driving on the IW was brought against a Ryde man, Charles Edgar…

(If you are in a group, perhaps take turns to read each story out loud in character!)

I am Rick, a time traveller from the year 5051.

To keep the world safe from the evil ‘Collector of Mars’, I must show proof of my time travelling tech – and I thought ‘why not use this driver’s licence I came across. How intriguing it appears on my tracker – this is a driving licence used in the 1950s and 1960s. Great Scott – that’s nearly 5,000 years old! This oughta save the day.

I readied my ship to prepare to take off, before discovering a Chevrolet Corvette was connected to it – so I borrowed that as well!

I returned back to Earth 5051. The Collector was in shock when he saw it, and he fled the Earth on his gunship knowing that he could never win, as the Isle of Wight contains the best historic artefacts.

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