Co­me­dian has show on road

Driv­ing late­comer Ju­lia Mor­ris soon de­vel­oped a pas­sion for hit­ting the high­way, writes MONIQUE BUT­TER­WORTH

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FUNNY lady Ju­lia Mor­ris, who is singing up a storm with opera star David Hob­son on Chan­nel 7’s It Takes Two (7.30pm Tues­days), ad­mits to be­ing a late­comer to the joys of driv­ing.

But few can boast hav­ing the late mo­tor rac­ing great Peter Brock as their ‘‘driv­ing in­struc­tor’’.

Hav­ing re­cently re­lo­cated back to Aus­tralia with her Welsh hus­band, co­me­dian Dan Thomas, and 15-month-old daugh­ter Ruby Char­lotte, the 39-year-old co­me­dian/ per­former can­not wait to take them for a spin down the Great Ocean Rd, once she ditches the ‘‘rental’’ and gets her­self a new set of wheels. What was your first car? I was 28 when I got my L-plates and then bought my­self a brand new Toy­ota Cel­ica SX in gun metal grey with dou­ble back spoiler. Such a su­perb car to learn in, it was low and smooth. Grrr. What do you drive now? A rented ‘‘No Birds’’ Toy­ota Corolla. We have only just moved home from the UK, so we are just eas­ing in gen­tly. I do have my eye on the Kluger though. I had bet­ter get sav­ing. Do you have a favourite drive and who would you take? Now that we have a baby, we only get to drive short trips. But as soon as she is old enough we will be hurtling down the Great Ocean Rd so I can show my Welsh hus­band one of the more spec­tac­u­lar roads in our coun­try. How far would you drive in a year? Sadly, with trav­el­ling so much it is likely that I only have the time for about 15,000-20,000km a year. Do you have a favourite mo­tor­ing me­mory? Hav­ing Brocky (Peter Brock) teach me to drive on the Grand Prix prac­tice track to get my CAMS li­cense for the celebrity race. What a great way to learn. I did stall three times at the start on the day, but hey I also in­di­cated around the cor­ners to ob­serve safety first. But I needn’t have wor­ried . . . there was no one be­hind me. What would you buy if money was no ob­ject? A Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal Don’t you think it would make ev­ery day seem like a spe­cial oc­ca­sion? What mu­sic is play­ing in your car? My prac­tice CDs from It Takes Two and, of course, Mer­rick, Rosso and Kate on Nova 96.9. How much is too much for a new car? Are you drunk? I have never heard such a ques­tion. Too much? It doesn’t ex­ist when it comes to a great car. What should be done to make driv­ing safer? Com­pul­sory fit­ment of re­vers­ing cam­eras. For as lit­tle as $300 we could save so many Aus­tralian lives.

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