by Rosie Taylor Daily Mail
For the four-legged competitors, two months of hard work – and a fair few treats – ensured they were raring to get on the racetrack.
So when the big day rolled around, the only ones likely to get hot under the collar were any bystanders who spotted a Mini hurtling towards them with a dog at the wheel.
Two mutts made history yesterday by driving a car down a racetrack. Ten-month-old beardie cross Porter put his paws to the pedals first, steering the Mini down the straight and then turning a corner.
Porter, a ten-month-old beardie cross, became the first dog in the world to drive a car. He negotiatied a New Zealand race track in the specially modified Mini
Porter was able to drive the car and even turn corners around the track after eight weeks of training
He was followed by Monty, an 18-month-old giant schnauzer cross, who completed the same feat.
As the Mail reported last week, the pair – along with one-year-old beardie whippet cross Ginny – had been taking driving lessons, which began with them learning to steer a wooden cart pulled along on a string by their trainers.
In just eight weeks, they progressed to driving a real car – a modified Mini in which they sat on their haunches in the driver’s seat.
Their front paws were on the steering wheel, while their back paws were on levers attached to the accelerator and the brake.