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Paddy McGuinness: Top Gear host had first driving lesson on public road aged just NINE

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He continued: “I learnt to drive at a very young age and used to watch Dad tinkering under the Fiesta’s bonnet and changing the oil in it, so I learnt to do that myself as well.”

The star also crashed his father’s car when he was older and of legal driving age, but his dad remained relaxed over the situation, unlike how some other parents may have reacted in a similar situation

He continued: “My dad was dead laid-back. Even when I crashed one of his other cars, he was fine! I was 17, driving along in the Mini Metro he’d lent me and gave one of my mates a toot and a big ‘look at me’ thumbs up — so much so, I didn’t see that the car in front had stopped. 

“I rammed straight into the back of it. I thought, ‘I’m in trouble here,’ but he was so cool about it,” he added to Radio Times.



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