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Could only be a car lover like us
First off I’m a Pom. I married a beautiful girl from Sydney in 2000. Back then careers were more important than life itself. Salaries, the number of direct reports and building that empire. Then, in 2014 we woke up one day and all that has changed. The scales had tipped. Family and life took the lead. My Wife and 8-year old daughter arrived in Sydney towards the end of 2015 and loved it…. Important to say that I still love England too.
My daughter has already developed a bit of an Aussie twang, which I’m attempting to correct but I fear my efforts are futile.
Other than Formula One, my other passion is for cricket and the current holders of the Ashes…England. I did say current… let’s see what happens next time.
Ah, my first car…. A Fiat Uno 70s. 1984. I bought it… Ok, my parents bought it for me the day before I took my driving test. No pressure! I passed the first time.
Did I love it? No. It was pretty quick but pretty ugly. Quick? I hear you say. Well, I used to drive along the A3 in Surrey on my way to work at the Brabham Formula One team at 100mph every day. I didn’t last long. The corrosion was always in a direct battle with the gearbox to see who was going to be the one to end its day…. The gearbox won.
My second car was so much better.
We did a family road trip from Washington DC down to South Carolina a couple of years ago which was interesting, but the one that will always be remembered is the first time I came to Australia back in 1989.
I had good two friends who were 11 months into their year-long trip. We were 18. I joined them for their last 4 weeks. I arrived in Sydney clean and tidy and stayed in a backpackers in Kings Cross on my first night. The next day we travelled out to Parramatta to buy a car. We spent $800 on a 1972 1600 Datsun in white… and off we went. Sydney to Adelaide then up to Alice Springs, across to Townsville along the Mount Isa Road…
Spent a few days in Mission Beach to blast back then down the east coast to sell the car in Sydney before our return trip to Blighty. The problem was that we crashed the car through the window of an Italian restaurant in Surfers. It was ugly, so were we, not quite so clean and tidy by this point. We drove the car back to Sydney against the advice from
the police and sold it for scrap in Manly for $50. Trust me; there is so much more to this story….
Honestly.. The people. No question. I’ve been working with the guys for some time now and every time we meet we have a blast. Proof that being honest and professional can also be fun.