BARRY DU BOIS DRIV­ING ROOM

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APorsche sales­man in Syd­ney cringes every time he sees Barry Du Bois on Chan­nel 10’s The Liv­ing Room. Du Bois de­cided to treat him­self to a new set of wheels af­ter sign­ing on as the build­ing and de­sign ex­pert for the life­style show — and a Porsche Cay­man caught his eye.

“I went in (to the deal­er­ship) fully in­tend­ing to buy a Porsche Cay­man and I asked the guy for a test drive,” Du Bois says.

“I looked like a tradie and the sales­man looked at me and said, ‘No, you can’t have a drive’ and I walked out and thought, ‘You’ve prob­a­bly just saved me $140,000.’

“I can af­ford just about any car that’s out there — I’m for­tu­nate that money isn’t re­ally the is­sue for me. I like the clas­sic looks, so a (Ford) Mus­tang, around 1973 or ’74. If you gave me a new Fer­rari I wouldn’t get in it.

“I’m not ob­sessed with cars as a sta­tus sym­bol but I do en­joy them. Right now the car that suits my fam­ily is the car that suits me.”

That ve­hi­cle is a Mit­subishi Pa­jero Sport. Du Bois uses it to trans­port his twins as well as ferry surf­boards and pad­dle boards.

“The kids just bounce in and out of it or I can have four mates in the car and four boards on the top of it,” he says.

“I started off in the Out­lander PHEV and I re­ally en­joyed the whole petrol-elec­tric bat­tery con­cept but the car had to grow as the kids did.”

Du Bois still rates a Holden HJ Sand­man as the favourite among the cars he’s owned.

“It was more about the fact I was a cab­i­net­maker in those days and it could carry all my gear but it was lined out with vel­vet, mir­rors on the ceil­ing and a mat­tress,” he says.

“It was a big step up from my first car, a mus­tard yel­low 1973 Galant. I got it cheap be­cause it was hail-dam­aged and I changed the clutch in it three times. The worst smell on earth is the smell of a clutch that is burn­ing out.”

Du Bois has a project car on the go but that one’s for his son, Ben­nett. “It’s a 1975 Ford F100 with a 302 V8 and I’m hav­ing it re­built at the mo­ment. It’s a three or four-year project but that is the car my son will drive.”

Daugh­ter Ara­bella is also in line for a re­stored clas­sic — once Baz finds a suit­able ex­am­ple. “I want a 1972 or ’73 Merc con­vert­ible. That was the other car I wanted to have but could never af­ford.

“There’s some­thing about the clas­sic shape of cars from that era I’ve al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated and I want my kids to en­joy it too.”

Life Force, the book by Du Bois and The Liv­ing Room co-host and best mate Miguel Maestre, is on sale now. The book chron­i­cles the good times and the bad. Du Bois is be­ing treated for his sec­ond bout of can­cer.

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