What was your first car?
No one drove a manual car in my family so I saved up and bought a new Mazda6 – a manual, to make myself learn on a manual. That lasted I think two-and-a-half-months. I crashed that. It’s a common thing being a P-plater: you make mistakes. I wasn’t used to driving in bad conditions and slipped down a hill in a forest near my place and that was it. Game over. You live and learn.
How did you find the whole learning to drive experience?
I grew up driving in my mum’s car, and that was a lot different. But it was just the general fear of learning – you’re afraid to make mistakes and when you’re on the road you’ve got to have experience. Really, you’ve got to get over your fear and just do it.
What are you driving these days?
I’m fortunate to have Ferrari lend me a car when I’m back home (in Australia). I’ve had two now – a 488 Spider and a California T. I try to take all my friends for a drive as much as possible, just to show them what it’s like. I never assumed I’d be driving a Ferrari, but as soon as I stepped into one I totally understood why people love them so much. The steering is amazing. I took one out at Bathurst and got to 305 (km/h). That was good. Anything over 200 feels extremely quick, but in the 300s it’s a different feeling. Everything starts making a different sound, but you just have to trust the car and hit the brakes.
What’s your pet road peeve?
People that don’t indicate, don’t give way, just careless drivers really. Drink drivers more than anyone.
Do you ever drive in New York?
No I don’t bother driving. I just catch the train everywhere. It’s easy. It’s quicker and less stressful, less headaches. There are no road rules there. I mean there is, but it feels like it’s just a wild forest of chaos. Even police officers don’t indicate. They speed past you and it’s just a free-for-all. Yesterday I almost got hit twice by people not indicating or not stopping at a stop sign. With one of them, I just stood up on the bonnet and kept walking – just to show him who’s boss. Why not?
What’s your preferred drive music?
I just put it on Internet radio and zone out if I’m going for a nice coastal cruise. I just enjoy driving as much as possible really. It’s my getaway from the city and a good escape. I haven’t driven it in a while, but I love the Great Ocean Road.
If you could go on a long road trip with absolutely anyone, who would it be?
Jeremy Clarkson, without a doubt. I haven’t travelled with many people but I know that he would be the best because he’s so sarcastic we’d just be laughing the whole time. Both of us could share the actual driving.
18 – the year I got my licence
2007 – the vintage of my old Mazda6
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