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Driving school of rock’s new wheels

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Andy Pearson models his new Drive Like a Rockstar car - for learner drivers.Picture by Craig Lamont Photography, Ilkeston.

nrhn 081112 Andy Pearson models his new Drive Like a Rockstar car - for learner drivers.Picture by Craig Lamont Photography, Ilkeston.

A rock ‘n’ roll driving 
instructor’s new set of wheels have been given a paint job certain to turn heads around Ripley and Heanor.

Self-styled tattoo fan Andy Pearson swapped his shirt and tie for rock tee-shirts, and tight jeans in May, when he switched the name of his driving school to Drive Like a Rockstar .

And on Saturday the music lover and part-time manager of a Poison tribute band unveiled the latest addition to the business - a 1.4 litre Ford Fiesta emblazoned with a giant skull and crossbones on the bonnet withflames lapping the wheels.

Andy, 35, of Ashforth Avenue, Heanor, said: “My car is an extension of me – I dress over the top, excessive, rock’n’ roll - and now my car is too.”

Andy first hit the headlines in May when he launched a discount scheme for any of his pupils who had got a tattoo from Pierced and Proud tattoo business, on Ray Street, Heanor.

Since then his business has gone from strength-to-strength he says, with his Facebook site attracting more than 100,000 hits in a few days in July.

Now Andy says his pupils are loving the new car design.

He said: “I remember when I used to have driving lessons, I was embarrassed to be seen by my mates.

“Now my pupils are telling their friends to look out for them in the ‘rock star’ car!”

And the flame sporting Ford is also raising a smile from passers by, Andy said.

“All I’ve been getting from the side of the road is just smiles and waving – it’s a bit of fun and its good to pass on some happiness.”

A launch event for the new car, which also features the words “you are following a rock-star” on its roof , took place on Saturday at Pierced and Proud, with more than 100 people attending.

The day featured live music from bands such as BuryTheLadybird, Rob Wylde and Poizon, and even saw 14 of Andy’s pupils cram into the new Fiesta - as part of a unofficial record attempt to fit as many people in the small hatchback as possible.

“As far as I’m, aware there’s no record for that amount of people in a learner driver’s car, or in a Ford Fiesta,” Andy said. “So I’m confident we can get some kind of record!”

The launch event also saw £180 raised for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation through a ‘rock ‘n’roll raffle’, with a large cut out of Guns and Roses guitarist Slash as one of the main prizes.

The record attempt is yet to be verified.

 

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