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Near Miss of the Day 356: Classic car in classic close pass

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's Norfolk...

Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows what the cyclist at the receiving end of it described as “one of the closest ‘close passes’ I think I’ve ever experienced – and what’s more, one from a motorist driving a classic car.

It was filmed by reader Dave while he was on holiday in Cromer last August.

“I was out on a circular route taking in all the beautiful countryside in North Norfolk when I was passed by this classic 1964 Ford,” he told us.

“I reported it to the Norfolk Constabulary and this week received notification that the driver has been invited to attend a Safe and Considerate driving course at his own cost.

“This was one of the closest ‘close pass’ I think I've ever experienced, and quite worrying that the driver told the police he gave me plenty of room.

“Hopefully the course will educate him as to cyclists needs and the risks we face by inconsiderate driving.”

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Over the years has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] or send us a message via the Facebook page.

If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).

Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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David9694 | 4 years ago

Pleased to hear you got a result of sorts from the police, Mr Rock and Roll gets to go on a course - let's hope he had to squirm a bit as well: "can you pick me up from the station on Tuesday?" "I've got a thing Tuesday, sorry", "can't you get out of it?" "Errr"

Later, " you've got to go where? that stupid car again isn't it - you need to get rid of that bloody thing"

probably no power assist, so all those changes of direction and braking - they take human effort, you know. 

Judge dreadful | 4 years ago
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 I despair. I'd have been tempted to treat that as an attempt on my life, and react accordingly.

Captain Badger | 4 years ago

Owning a kit car myself, I am aware that the received "wisdom" is that those who are passionate about their cars drive more carefully as they are worried that they'll get damaged. I can also attest that my own observations confirm this to be a load of tosh....

PRSboy | 4 years ago

I bet the chap who owns this classic car would have something to say if a toddler rode a bike that close to his car at a classic car show...

Cyclolotl replied to PRSboy | 4 years ago

PRSboy wrote:

I bet the chap who owns this classic car would have something to say if a toddler rode a bike that close to his car at a classic car show...


Came back just to like this comment. Also to add, not even riding a bike, just a toddler near it "ooh don't let them touch it they might have sticky fingers, or scratch it with their superhuman length/strength toddler nails!"

MonkeyPuzzle | 4 years ago

Another driver archetype: Thinks his vehicle has length = 0.

Hirsute | 4 years ago

And he doesn't pay road tax !

Rik Mayals unde... replied to Hirsute | 4 years ago

hirsute wrote:

And he doesn't pay road tax !

Nor does the rest of the motorists!

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