Winston is a storied name in history. The likes of Churchill, Bogarde, the nodding dog from the insurance adverts, all have found their way into the hearts and minds of millions. Perhaps none, however, overcame such a gargantuan mountain of a task as our hero, Winston Mason, when he coached this young man to passing his driving test. Against all the odds, against ineptitude and impulsiveness, Winston utilised his effortlessly hilarious demeanour, expertise and perseverance to iron out the wrinkles and provide a world class service; enabling me to pass on my second attempt. Thank you very much Winston, I’ll miss our weekly lessons, and although I hope your future pupils won’t prove quite so troublesome, I’m sure you’ll guide them to achieving their driving dream with all the charm, coolness and camaraderie with which you guided me to that aim. THANK YOU WINSTON!William Radford
Martha Murphy Badger
Winston is the best driving instructor you’ll find in South London. Not only does he teaches you to drive, he also teaches you to be safe. His excellent techniques will stay with you well beyond your driving test!
Winston was a fantastic teacher for me. I found it really difficult trying to get up to a test-ready standard but Winston kept pushing me to stay focussed and keep trying. In hindsight, this was really good because I managed to pass first time (despite the odds). I think having regular lessons with Winston was really beneficial as it kept my progress at a constant speed, I didn’t feel I had to go back and re-learn things often. Best of luck in the future and a very big thank you!Inigo Maciejewski
I want to say a massive thanks to Winston for helping me pass first time. I sure wasn’t the easiest to teach, with a lack of patience and too much panic. But with Winston’s calm expertise and solid chat I was able to pass first time, after he did the same with my brother a year prior. He’s one of the best teachers out there and I hope plenty more people have the pleasure of being taught by him.Thomas Coyne
All the best,
Winston has been a guiding force in my house for several years now, kindly and carefully steering both my daughters through the process of learning to drive, instilling them with confidence as well as good driving habits that I hope will stay with them for the rest of their lives. I cannot recommend him highly enough. If you want a driving instructor who claims to be able to get you through your test in double quick time, and will probably just be setting you up to fail, Winston is not your man. But if you want someone who is calm and positive, with a good sense of humour, whose lessons you will enjoy and who really does care about making sure you can drive safely and with confidence, and who will not put you forward to take your test until he knows you are ready and capable of passing, Winston would always be my first choice. Success School of Motoring is very well named! 2 out of 2 first time passes for my daughters, and Winston must take a huge part of the credit for that.Catherine
Thank you so much Winston for making me such a confident and capable driver. It took me about four years to learn how to drive as I began learning when I was seventeen but stopped after a few months; then started again in summer 2017 and finally I began my last stint of lessons in autumn 2018 – passing with no minors when I was 21. Throughout all the years of my lessons with Winston he has been an encouraging and calm presence in the car whilst always pushing me to be a better driver. I would recommend him to ANYONE, and as it happens my mum has done just that.Ellie Blair
Well Winston we’ve come to the end of the road, and what an eventful road it’s been! Just wanna say thank you for teaching me how to drive and helping me to pass at the 1st time trying. Have to say Winston is one hell of a teacher and has given me the confidence needed to be a good/safe driver. Thanks for passing your knowledge on to me and now that I’m on the road I can see you was in fact always right lol! Much love to Success School Of Motoring, you fully live up to the name and I’ll always speak highly of you and recommend you to learner drivers.Harry Straughan
All the best Harry Straughan
Ps. See you on the road
Thanks a lot, Winston!Lance Wainwright
I’m amazed at how far I’ve come, from gripping the wheel too tight, holding my breath and being scared to drive a car, to becoming a confident driver and passing my test. You supported and guided me all the way through. You’re a great teacher, I know even though you won’t be in the car with me anymore, your words of wisdom will always be with me as an independent driver.
My sister swore by you and she was right. Thank you!
Thank you Winston, I thoroughly enjoyed our lessons and I’ll remember them for as long as I’m on the road. The fact I could pass first time given how hesitant I was in the beginning is a testament to you as a teacher, and it won’t be the same driving without you in the passenger seat. However as the baitest instructor in South London I don’t doubt I’ll see you around on the roads soon. Thanks for everything.Ajani Wilmot
I just want to say a big thank you Winston for your support and your wonderful advice during each lesson. Whilst we are driving around it is clear to see that you are a local legend, everyone around the Lewisham area knows you. Your vast knowledge of your job makes it easy to understand you. You really have the recipe to teach anyone how to drive. I would be more then happy to recommend you to anyone that needs to learn to drive. Keep up the good work you are doing, all the best.Rumel Pinnock
Here we are then…Daniel West
Winston Mason. The man, the myth, the flat cap. I started out a complete novice, not knowing a dipstick from a dip-light. With Winston’s patience, humour, a glovebox full of catchphrases – ‘20’s plenty’, ‘confidenté’ (which I’m still not convinced is Italian for confidence) – and the radio forever tuned to Solar FM; he taught me how to drive.
He’s a proper legend. You won’t go a lesson without an ex-pupil beeping at him or rolling down the window at the traffic lights and shouting ‘Winston!’
…Just don’t let it go to his head. ‘Yes Winston, you did mention you were on the telly’…
Thanks for everything, see you around.
And I look forward to reading my chapter in your memoirs!
Big thanks to Winston! I very much enjoyed our lessons. I have been driving for over 15 years outside this country and had to re-do the test in the UK and found it a bit tricky dealing with some of my old bad habits. But now I am convinced that every driver should go though this every 10-15 years…Nikola Trajkov
Winston will point out to the right things, make sure you get into the habit of doing everything the right way. Big smile and a pleasure to talk to. I’d most definitely recommend success school of motoring to anyone keen to not just pass the driving exam, but learn tons on safe & efficient driving.
The end of an era, and it’s still going to take some time getting adjusted to life without Winston’s driving lessons. As I’ve finished my degree and begun looking for jobs, Winston has been a rare constant in my life, and I also have no doubt that his repertoire of classic catchphrases will be constantly in my mind during my future as a driver – ‘look at the gap, not the vehicles’, ‘let knowledge take over, not fear’, ‘don’t add too many ingredients’ etc., the list goes on …. It might sound naff, but Winston doesn’t see his pupils as a mere means to an end – he always stresses the importance of genuine understanding of the driving experience, not letting you wing it on lucky competence.Seamus Conlon
I can say sincerely that it’s been a pleasure getting to know Winston, and while it was frustrating to fail a few tests before I reached the finish line, the upside was that it gave me more time to listen to Winston’s anecdotes and (often dubious) jokes.
As if we managed to get me to pass first time! Can’t believe we have come to an end and our divorce is finalized but we had some good memories on the way! I don’t think any other instructor would have been able to calm my “crazy personality and nerves” as you say to stop me from panicking on the roads but you did and gave me confidence!Rebecca Smith
Thank you so much for all the laughter, stress and patience you have had with me! and I will definitely recommend you to anyone who is in need with a driver! I know i said i would steal you forever for my driving but because of your fabulous teaching i can finally go out on my own – Thank youuuu Winston it has been fabulous i wish you all the best and pupils whom appreciate your jokes so they do not have to be thrown out the window!
Hey there! I couldn’t work out how to post it direct on your site so here it is:Jodie Webb
Winston. What a man?! He’s tolerant, encouraging, entertaining and, above all, an absolute professional. I cannot recommend this driving instructor enough. I was a very cautious driver and Winston really took the time to understand my learning style and tailor my lessons accordingly. I couldn’t believe it when I passed first time but Winston had every confidence. And did you know he’s the 4th Bee Gee? I didn’t until he broke out his rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for a surprise lesson my friends had bought me.
Happy birthday to you too Wince.
I have passed my test today thanks to Winston’s teaching. I remember my mum learning with Winston when I was younger and she made sure I also learned with Winston as she said he is the best.Eugene Neil
When I started I was a beginner and had never driven before, Winston changed my outlook from being a nervous driver (even more nervous to find out he was a Chelsea fan lol) to one who is now confident on the road thanks to his teaching. It has been a wonderful journey and at times frustrating for Winston I can imagine, I will always remember asking me “If I had lead in my right foot” lol.
Winston is a fair, firm and fun instructor who makes sure his pupils do the best that they can do, he made me feel welcome and I knew he was also there if I needed anything or had any questions. I would recommend him to anyone. I will miss our and lessons and jokes together and I can not only call him my instructor but also my friend.
Thanks again for everything.
Today I passed my driving test, and I have to say Winston is the best guy for the job. Not only does he teach you how to drive but he makes sure you understand it! Like Winston has apps on his iPad (got to love him) that helps consolidate what he just told you. It helps so much!Marni Straughan
He makes you feel comfortable in the car, believe me you’ll catch the most jokes from him. He’s helped me ALOT and I’ve had my moments, but the best thing about Winston is that he’s real with you, if you wanna learn how to drive and drive safely, and make a few jokes on your journey… Success School of Motoring is the one for you!
Ps: Dont think you’ve got rid of me Winston, coming back for motorway lessons 😀