I had some interesting news over the weekend. Graham Fryer, MBE, Boss of DIA since the early !970’s has sold his interests in the Largest (in the world - at one stage) Driving Instructors Association. DIA has now been Sold to a couple of non-ADI business family; who may be able to take the industry a few stages forward towards true professionalism. Graham’s role within the industry is unique; and I would be willing to add my ‘tuppennyworth’; if any-one wants to do a DIA history on the grounds that every launch, every idea and almost every fresh innovation in the driving school business was thrashed out in great detail, and with enormous panache; in the two top Porta-kabins at the end of the corridor.
So, a final message to Graham & Jan, as you drive off into the future in your lowest mileage ever Double OO Porsche 911, remember some spare coins for Betty’s BRIDGE. You’ ll ALWAYS remember just why: as well as the DipDI; The DIAmond system; SlideCar; five successive and very successful DRIVEX years: (Not to mention the DRIVEX that cost £400 for each entrant)
May I wish an even better prospects for ADIs and to Jan & Graham, a quiet, expensive, retirement to come.
(Professor) Peter Russell, DIA General Secretary 1974-