Childhood Memories with Steve Driver

Steve Driver
Steve Driver
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STEVE DRIVER, 50, is taking part in the 170-mile Pedal for Primus bike ride to raise money for the Faith and Football charity. Steve is the managing director at Spirits Circuits in Waterlooville. The company is also sponsoring the event.

Here he recalls some of his fondest childhood memories.

· What’s your earliest childhood memory?

My wife says I didn’t really have much of a childhood, but the earliest thing I can remember is sitting in my dad’s lorry when I was about five or six, because he was a driver and worked long hours on the road.

· What do you remember about your birthdays?

I come from a big family of three sisters and two brothers so we celebrated landmark birthdays more than as an every-year thing. I can remember my 13th birthday because I got my first bike as a present from my parents. I think it’s more special that way.

· How was school?

I went to a very small school in a little village and I enjoyed it because there were no more than 30 children. I had very close friends and plenty of room to run around.

· What did you get up to with your friends?

The usual – playing in the woods, chasing rabbits on farms and playing in the fields. I came from a rural area so there was plenty for me and my friends to do.

· What toys did you play with?

Meccano, which was pieces of metal you joined together and used to construct things like trains and motorcycles. I think it was a Christmas present.

· What did you watch on TV?

I wasn’t a big TV person, the only one I can remember most was Magpie which was similar to Crackerjack!

· What music did you listen to?

Elvis mostly. I was a huge Elvis Presley fan as my mum would play his music all the time.

· Any clothes that stand out in your memory?

It was the ‘70s so all of it was quite bad. The flared trousers and high waistbands weren’t the best look for me.

· What sweets did you eat?

Curly Wurlies are the only ones I can remember. It was a Friday treat from my dad that I’d always look forward to.

· What was the naughtiest thing you did?

At school, when we weren’t allowed outside I remember me and a few friends decided to climb out of the window to play then sneaked back in afterwards. Unfortunately we didn’t expect the teacher to walk in and find us missing so we got in serious trouble.