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Woman's first car after 40 tests
Venida Crabtree
Venida Crabtree says she is delighted with her new car
A woman who took 33 years to pass her driving test and spent tens of thousands of pounds in the process has bought her first set of wheels.

Venida Crabtree, of Cowley, Oxford, qualified in July at the age of 50 after starting lessons in 1972 aged 17.

The former publican believes it took her at least 40 attempts, at a cost of 27,000 with seven instructors.

Mrs Crabtree took to her second-hand 980cc Suzuki on Wednesday, freeing her husband of a life as her "chauffeur".

"She's driving for the first time today and I'm no longer the chauffeur," said Ralph Crabtree, 53, who drives for a living as part of a delivery service.

Mrs Crabtree said: "It's fantastic. I'm very pleased."

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