Kathleen gears up for life in fast lane after passing test

Kathleen Mitchell, 77, with her new car
Kathleen Mitchell, 77, with her new car
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A high-octane granny is firmly in the driving seat after passing her test at the age of 77 – and is about to start cruising around in her sporty three-litre Jaguar.

Pensioner Kathleen Mitchell passed her test with flying colours and is getting insured on the sparkling sports car.

Gran-of-six Kathleen, of Brierley, Barnsley, said: “It’s a wonderful machine, and I think I’ll look right at home driving it.

“I’ve always loved nice cars, and I’ve always liked being a passenger at speed.”

She added: “But getting to drive a car like this for myself is a real treat.

“I reckon I’ll turn a few heads when I’m behind the wheel, although my husband will be keeping an eye on my speed because he won’t want me to put a scratch on it.

“It’s easy to get carried away with yourself in a car like that, though, because there’s so much power under the bonnet, so I’ll have to be mindful.

“I just can’t wait to get out in it and burn some rubber on the open road.”

Kathleen decided to learn how to drive after her husband Tony, 78, suffered a stroke and underwent treatment for cancer.

Since passing her theory test in March, Kathleen had just 20 driving lessons before passing her test last week.

“It’s brilliant to have a full driving licence after all these years, and it proves that age is never a barrier for pushing yourself to do new things,” she said.

“Tony can still drive, but I decided to take the test so I could take over from him if he gets tired or doesn’t feel up for driving.”

The retired postal worker added: “I go to the gym every day, so I’ll be taking my wheels there.

“We also play cards with friends on a few nights a week so I will be driving there too.”

Following the result, Kathleen is waiting to be insured on Tony’s ‘pride and joy’ Jaguar.

Now she has her sights set on driving a whopping 310 miles to visit her daughter in Bude, Cornwall.

She said: “It’s on my bucket list to drive there. I think I’ll need some motorway driving lessons before I take on the challenge, though.”

And husband Tony, a retired manager of a tyre company, is ‘over the moon’ at his wife’s success.

“Tony is so proud of me, and all the children and grandchildren have been calling me up saying well done,” said Kathleen.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to have passed, I just can’t wait to get out on the open road now.”