Meet Harry, Britain's oldest driver at 105

Meet Harry, Britain's oldest driver at 105

HOT WHEELS: Harry still drives at the age of 105

YOUNG AT HEART: Harry aged 28

First published in News by , Crime reporter

Petrol-head pensioner Harry Jamieson still lives life in the fast lane after becoming Britain’s oldest driver – aged 105.

Mr Jamieson, of Worthing, has clocked up more than two million miles since being given his driving licence aged 17 in 1924.

He has been driving for 88 years, has no intention of parking up for the last time and intends to continue behind the wheel until he dies.

In almost nine decades on Britain’s roads father-of-two Harry, nicknamed Jamie, has never had a single penalty point on his licence.

Mr Jamieson said: “I love driving and have done it all my working and non-working life. It has been a major part of me.

“I just love the freedom getting into a car gives. There are no boundaries and I can go wherever and whenever I want to.

“It is something that I needed from a young age and it has given me a good life as I have seen every part of Britain because of it.

“I do not see myself giving the car up easily. I have done it all these years and have been on the road for more than 85 years.

“I am very much at home in a car. I think to myself that it could be possible I have spent more time in my car than I have in my bed.”

Great-grandfather-of-five Mr Jamieson first learnt to drive in an armoured Rolls-Royce before picking up his first car, a Singer 8, for £35 in 1928.

He said: “I learnt to drive in an armoured car which weighed about seven tonnes so it was a lot different to the cars you see on the road these days.

“Then I bought my first car which was a Singer 8. Then I had an Austin 10 and really loved that car, it was a classic.

“I have had many, many since then, more than I care to count. They have cost me a great amount over the years as well in petrol and diesel.”

Mr Jamieson, who retired from working as an electrician aged 70, now drives a red Ford Escort which he has had for more than 20 years and it has never broken down.

He added: “It is the most reliable car I have ever had. It is German made and if I had my life all over again I would buy another one.

“It has never let me down and is beautifully put together. I really do love the car. It is special and a major part of me and my life.”

Second World War veteran Mr Jamieson has never been caught speeding or had a parking fine despite his long driving career.

Mr Jamieson, whose wife Joan recently passed away aged 92 after more than 60 years together, celebrated his milestone birthday two months ago.

His daughter Barbara Leggatt, 64, said: “It is extraordinary someone his age is still driving and he looks after himself.

“I feel safer in the car with him then when I am in the car with a person a lot younger. It amazes me how good he is.

“Like most people he needs help with parking but everything else he is fine with. He has driven most of his life and loves it. He is a special person.”

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10:28am Wed 29 Aug 12

sdhgfhfuyt says...

Good on yer old timer, lovely story.
Good on yer old timer, lovely story. sdhgfhfuyt
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10:54am Wed 29 Aug 12

Poccypoc says...

All wrong. I am not casting any aspersions as to the quality or otherwise of Mr Jamieson's driving, but we have seen many accidents involving very young and very old drivers. The driving age should be 25 to 60.
All wrong. I am not casting any aspersions as to the quality or otherwise of Mr Jamieson's driving, but we have seen many accidents involving very young and very old drivers. The driving age should be 25 to 60. Poccypoc
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12:19pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Daisyb2uk says...

Why is it wrong? As you get older there are medical checks, and eyesight tests that have to be taken to keep your licence. How many between 25 and 60 have their eyes tested every year?
Why is it wrong? As you get older there are medical checks, and eyesight tests that have to be taken to keep your licence. How many between 25 and 60 have their eyes tested every year? Daisyb2uk
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12:28pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Roundbill says...

When he says he "intends to continue behind the wheel until he dies", would that be until the actual second he dies? If so, I hope I'm not near him when it finally happens.
When he says he "intends to continue behind the wheel until he dies", would that be until the actual second he dies? If so, I hope I'm not near him when it finally happens. Roundbill
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1:15pm Wed 29 Aug 12

MoronSpotter says...

Poccypoc wrote:
All wrong. I am not casting any aspersions as to the quality or otherwise of Mr Jamieson's driving, but we have seen many accidents involving very young and very old drivers. The driving age should be 25 to 60.
yes, just wait until you're 59 and a bit...
[quote][p][bold]Poccypoc[/bold] wrote: All wrong. I am not casting any aspersions as to the quality or otherwise of Mr Jamieson's driving, but we have seen many accidents involving very young and very old drivers. The driving age should be 25 to 60.[/p][/quote]yes, just wait until you're 59 and a bit... MoronSpotter
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1:57pm Wed 29 Aug 12

getThisCoalitionOut says...

He learnt to drive in an armoured Rolls Royce - wow, I'd like to learn more about how that happened? Where was this, who's Rolls was it? Come on Argus more info please - fascinating.
He learnt to drive in an armoured Rolls Royce - wow, I'd like to learn more about how that happened? Where was this, who's Rolls was it? Come on Argus more info please - fascinating. getThisCoalitionOut
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2:18pm Wed 29 Aug 12

made up says...

“I just love the freedom getting into a car gives. There are no boundaries and I can go wherever and whenever I want to."

And why shouldn't he? As long as he passes all relevant medicals and tests to keep his licence current. Good luck to him.
I wish firstly that I live long enough to be 105 and secondly that I'm still able to drive at that age.
“I just love the freedom getting into a car gives. There are no boundaries and I can go wherever and whenever I want to." And why shouldn't he? As long as he passes all relevant medicals and tests to keep his licence current. Good luck to him. I wish firstly that I live long enough to be 105 and secondly that I'm still able to drive at that age. made up
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2:27pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Old Ladys Gin says...

Poccypoc wrote:
All wrong. I am not casting any aspersions as to the quality or otherwise of Mr Jamieson's driving, but we have seen many accidents involving very young and very old drivers. The driving age should be 25 to 60.
If someone can go off and fight for their country at 18 surely they can also have a driving licence?
Also, 60 is not old, not by any standards, and many people of that age are handling machinery in a highly competent manner;
Airline pilots
Ships officers and crew
Medical technicians
Probably a long list of others as well.
The gentleman in the article is obviously proud of his driving and seems to have maintained both his skills and his vehicle - good luck to him.
[quote][p][bold]Poccypoc[/bold] wrote: All wrong. I am not casting any aspersions as to the quality or otherwise of Mr Jamieson's driving, but we have seen many accidents involving very young and very old drivers. The driving age should be 25 to 60.[/p][/quote]If someone can go off and fight for their country at 18 surely they can also have a driving licence? Also, 60 is not old, not by any standards, and many people of that age are handling machinery in a highly competent manner; Airline pilots Ships officers and crew Medical technicians Probably a long list of others as well. The gentleman in the article is obviously proud of his driving and seems to have maintained both his skills and his vehicle - good luck to him. Old Ladys Gin
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2:29pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Old Ladys Gin says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
He learnt to drive in an armoured Rolls Royce - wow, I'd like to learn more about how that happened? Where was this, who's Rolls was it? Come on Argus more info please - fascinating.
Don't forget that Rolls Royce have also made tanks and armoured cars for military use.
I think that may be what is meant.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: He learnt to drive in an armoured Rolls Royce - wow, I'd like to learn more about how that happened? Where was this, who's Rolls was it? Come on Argus more info please - fascinating.[/p][/quote]Don't forget that Rolls Royce have also made tanks and armoured cars for military use. I think that may be what is meant. Old Ladys Gin
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2:34pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Old Ladys Gin says...

Old Ladys Gin wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
He learnt to drive in an armoured Rolls Royce - wow, I'd like to learn more about how that happened? Where was this, who's Rolls was it? Come on Argus more info please - fascinating.
Don't forget that Rolls Royce have also made tanks and armoured cars for military use.
I think that may be what is meant.
There you go:

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/File:Rolls-
Royce_Armoured_Car_B
ardia_1940.jpg
[quote][p][bold]Old Ladys Gin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: He learnt to drive in an armoured Rolls Royce - wow, I'd like to learn more about how that happened? Where was this, who's Rolls was it? Come on Argus more info please - fascinating.[/p][/quote]Don't forget that Rolls Royce have also made tanks and armoured cars for military use. I think that may be what is meant.[/p][/quote]There you go: http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/File:Rolls- Royce_Armoured_Car_B ardia_1940.jpg Old Ladys Gin
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3:25pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Old Ladys Gin says...

Not exactly everyones vision of a Rolls Royce certainly :)
Not exactly everyones vision of a Rolls Royce certainly :) Old Ladys Gin
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3:44pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Number Six says...

Poccypoc wrote:
All wrong. I am not casting any aspersions as to the quality or otherwise of Mr Jamieson's driving, but we have seen many accidents involving very young and very old drivers. The driving age should be 25 to 60.
I'm 62. I work near Ditchling Common. There is a bus - every October! How am I supposed to get to work.

I just had one of those driving experiences as a present. I drove an Aston Martin DB9 and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage around a vehicle proving ground. Scored 80% in the DB9 and 82% in the V8. With nthose ratings I don't consider |I need to stop driving any time soon. Even if I could
[quote][p][bold]Poccypoc[/bold] wrote: All wrong. I am not casting any aspersions as to the quality or otherwise of Mr Jamieson's driving, but we have seen many accidents involving very young and very old drivers. The driving age should be 25 to 60.[/p][/quote]I'm 62. I work near Ditchling Common. There is a bus - every October! How am I supposed to get to work. I just had one of those driving experiences as a present. I drove an Aston Martin DB9 and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage around a vehicle proving ground. Scored 80% in the DB9 and 82% in the V8. With nthose ratings I don't consider |I need to stop driving any time soon. Even if I could Number Six
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3:51pm Wed 29 Aug 12

sussexram40 says...

Nobody of that age should be allowed behind the wheel. Frightening. His reactions etc. must be terribly slow. I advocate age restrictions on drivers. I don't believe 17 year olds are mature enough to drive. I'd be happy with 21 - 75. It would help ease congestion as well.
Nobody of that age should be allowed behind the wheel. Frightening. His reactions etc. must be terribly slow. I advocate age restrictions on drivers. I don't believe 17 year olds are mature enough to drive. I'd be happy with 21 - 75. It would help ease congestion as well. sussexram40
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3:54pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Pitviper says...

There is no medical for drivers over 70 years of age just a self declaration that they are fit to drive!
There is no medical for drivers over 70 years of age just a self declaration that they are fit to drive! Pitviper
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4:33pm Wed 29 Aug 12

JoeBlow says...

Zero points on his licence. Enough said. Well done, Harry.
Zero points on his licence. Enough said. Well done, Harry. JoeBlow
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8:28pm Wed 29 Aug 12

hubby says...

He needs a walking stick because his legs don 't work properly?
A bit of a worry if you need them to work the pedals.
Good luck to the old boy,but I wouldn't get in a car he was driving.
He presumably never had to take a test?
In Spain we have to have a medical to test eyesight and reflexes every year once we are over 50.
He needs a walking stick because his legs don 't work properly? A bit of a worry if you need them to work the pedals. Good luck to the old boy,but I wouldn't get in a car he was driving. He presumably never had to take a test? In Spain we have to have a medical to test eyesight and reflexes every year once we are over 50. hubby
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10:17pm Wed 29 Aug 12

Old Ladys Gin says...

hubby wrote:
He needs a walking stick because his legs don 't work properly?
A bit of a worry if you need them to work the pedals.
Good luck to the old boy,but I wouldn't get in a car he was driving.
He presumably never had to take a test?
In Spain we have to have a medical to test eyesight and reflexes every year once we are over 50.
I think that is every five years once you are over 40 but stand to be corrected.
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: He needs a walking stick because his legs don 't work properly? A bit of a worry if you need them to work the pedals. Good luck to the old boy,but I wouldn't get in a car he was driving. He presumably never had to take a test? In Spain we have to have a medical to test eyesight and reflexes every year once we are over 50.[/p][/quote]I think that is every five years once you are over 40 but stand to be corrected. Old Ladys Gin
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10:41pm Wed 29 Aug 12

power_ranger says...

The truly amazaballs part of this story is that he has a ford escort that didn't fall apart after 9 years.

Truly astonishing.
The truly amazaballs part of this story is that he has a ford escort that didn't fall apart after 9 years. Truly astonishing. power_ranger
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10:45pm Wed 29 Aug 12

lordenglandofsussex says...

I must say that the old fellow has a pair of pins that certainly look younger than 105 years. Amazing for his age.
I must say that the old fellow has a pair of pins that certainly look younger than 105 years. Amazing for his age. lordenglandofsussex
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1:57am Thu 30 Aug 12

tonybee says...

.......till he dies .
Lets hope he/s not behind the wheel when it happens.....
.......till he dies . Lets hope he/s not behind the wheel when it happens..... tonybee
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1:57am Thu 30 Aug 12

tonybee says...

.......till he dies .
Lets hope he/s not behind the wheel when it happens.....
.......till he dies . Lets hope he/s not behind the wheel when it happens..... tonybee
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6:08am Thu 30 Aug 12

sdhgfhfuyt says...

Number Six wrote:
Poccypoc wrote:
All wrong. I am not casting any aspersions as to the quality or otherwise of Mr Jamieson's driving, but we have seen many accidents involving very young and very old drivers. The driving age should be 25 to 60.
I'm 62. I work near Ditchling Common. There is a bus - every October! How am I supposed to get to work.

I just had one of those driving experiences as a present. I drove an Aston Martin DB9 and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage around a vehicle proving ground. Scored 80% in the DB9 and 82% in the V8. With nthose ratings I don't consider |I need to stop driving any time soon. Even if I could
Agreed, you only ever read about bad things happening to older drivers, so good of The Argus to restore some balance.
[quote][p][bold]Number Six[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poccypoc[/bold] wrote: All wrong. I am not casting any aspersions as to the quality or otherwise of Mr Jamieson's driving, but we have seen many accidents involving very young and very old drivers. The driving age should be 25 to 60.[/p][/quote]I'm 62. I work near Ditchling Common. There is a bus - every October! How am I supposed to get to work. I just had one of those driving experiences as a present. I drove an Aston Martin DB9 and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage around a vehicle proving ground. Scored 80% in the DB9 and 82% in the V8. With nthose ratings I don't consider |I need to stop driving any time soon. Even if I could[/p][/quote]Agreed, you only ever read about bad things happening to older drivers, so good of The Argus to restore some balance. sdhgfhfuyt
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6:14am Thu 30 Aug 12

sdhgfhfuyt says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Nobody of that age should be allowed behind the wheel. Frightening. His reactions etc. must be terribly slow. I advocate age restrictions on drivers. I don't believe 17 year olds are mature enough to drive. I'd be happy with 21 - 75. It would help ease congestion as well.
Well let's see how you feel when you are 75. You 'advocate age restrictions' do you? Well it's a good job no-one listens to pointless comments made by idiots on message boards isn't it.
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Nobody of that age should be allowed behind the wheel. Frightening. His reactions etc. must be terribly slow. I advocate age restrictions on drivers. I don't believe 17 year olds are mature enough to drive. I'd be happy with 21 - 75. It would help ease congestion as well.[/p][/quote]Well let's see how you feel when you are 75. You 'advocate age restrictions' do you? Well it's a good job no-one listens to pointless comments made by idiots on message boards isn't it. sdhgfhfuyt
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10:08pm Thu 30 Aug 12

hubby says...

Today in Los Angeles a 100 year old driver backed his car over nine kids at a
bus stop!!!
Today in Los Angeles a 100 year old driver backed his car over nine kids at a bus stop!!! hubby
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8:11am Fri 31 Aug 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Age is irrelevant. Fitness and attitude to drive is.
Most accidents and fatalities involve male under 25.
Also some people are now so fat I cannot understand how they can safely operate a car or turn their neck to see over their shoulders.
This old boy is probably fitter than the average 40 year old Brit in the 21st century.
Age is irrelevant. Fitness and attitude to drive is. Most accidents and fatalities involve male under 25. Also some people are now so fat I cannot understand how they can safely operate a car or turn their neck to see over their shoulders. This old boy is probably fitter than the average 40 year old Brit in the 21st century. Maxwell's Ghost
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