Monthly Archives: September 2009

I Completed the Driving Challenge! Yippee!

Posted on 13 September, 2009

Oh, what a wonderful day I’ve just had! I managed to completed the Ladies Driving Challenge (without crashing anything), and I raised £140 for CHSS.

I would like to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to the ladies from my knitting group (Kilmarnock Knitters) and Ravelry friends who sponsored me to do this event.

After kitting us out in our lovely red overalls and giving us our score cards, we headed out to take part in the first challenge.  (We were given a score out of 100 for each of the driving challenges – we only found out about this on arrival – AAAHHH!)

First up was the double decker bus.

I was well chuffed when the instructor gave me a score of 100!
Next up was the arctic lorry!  I wasn’t looking forward to this one!

Oh, but it was a piece of cake.  And anyone who’s heading to Tesco for their shopping can rest assured that I didn’t crash the truck!  Tesco will still be well stocked this week!  I got a score of 99 for this challenge.

And then we cycled on the Cozy Bike.  A bike made for six, but only one person can steer.  It’s the strangest feeling when you’re sitting on this backwards, and then the driver turns around a corner.  Your stomach lurches in the opposite direction to what you’re expecting.
We only scored 92 points each for this challenge.

And then we were off to drive the fire engines, with lights and sirens blaring too!

I got a score of 99 for driving the fire engine, and with a fire man by my side distracting me too!
Then the police cars, and  I got to drive the Smart Car.

I must’ve been really good at this challenge because I scored 120.  Or maybe that was just their way of apologising for that speeding ticket they gave me a couple of months ago.
And finally, we had to dig a hole with a JCB – my favourite challenge!

I was over the moon that I scored the full 100 points again!

And this my team and our instructor:

Me with my score card (very relived that it’s all over and I’m still in one piece).

And my score card.  610 out of 600 – now that’s a good score! lol

Ladies Driving Challenge!

Posted on 10 September, 2009

I’ll be taking part in the Ladies Driving Challenge on Sunday 13th September to raise money for Chest, Heart, Stroke Scotland (CHSS).  I’m really looking forward to this event, as I get the chance to drive a double decker bus, a fire engine and dig a hole with a JCB while at the same time raising money for a very worthwhile cause.
More info can be found on the CHSS website.

This is my third charity event this year.  I’ve already abseiled from the Forth Bridge in April, raising £190 for CHSS, and then in June, I walked 12 miles around Edinburgh (Walk for Scotland) with my daughter Chloë to raise £222 for Ayrshire Cancer Support.

I would love to raise as much money as possible, so if anyone would like to make a donation, they can do so through my JustGiving online fundraising page.


One of the requirements when registering for this event is that we raise a minimum of £95 (£20 to be paid in advance when registering).  I’m paying the £95 minimum requirement, so all other donations will be a bonus to CHSS and very much appreciated.

Amanda xx