Young Driver of the Year

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== Co-hosts ==
== Co-hosts ==
Derek Bell (occasional appearances)
Mick Andrews (commentator)
Derek Bell (occasional guest appearances)
== Broadcast ==
== Broadcast ==

Revision as of 23:28, 12 February 2017



Justin Bell


Mick Andrews (commentator) Derek Bell (occasional guest appearances)


Specials: White Rabbit for BBC2, early 1990s, BBC1 1993

Series: BBC1, 15 April to 12 August 1994


Young people's competition on four wheels from the same people who brought us Kick Start, Paddles Up and those Beverly Craven concerts you'd get on BBC1 at about 11.30pm. It involved many driving challenges, including reversing into a parking space as quickly as possible and reversing a caravan.

It encountered some criticism for apparently encouraging excessive speed and misuse of the vehicles, but the programme-makers and some of the contestants argued that it was a test in the use of many different types of vehicle and that the speed aspect was a necessary part of it - how well the competitors could handle the vehicles at speed. Of particular note was a letter that a driving instructor wrote to 'Radio Times' that actually went so far as to describe the competitors as 'inconsiderate drivers'. One competitor was most incensed by this and wrote a vehement response, pointing out the aforementioned necessity for speed within the contest. Either way, the show generally made for entertaining viewing, in much the same way as the previously-mentioned Kick Start and Paddles Up had done.


Host Justin Bell's father, former motor racing driver Derek Bell, appeared occasionally on the show.


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