From Kombi to the Big Red Car

This Wig­gle spends more time in the air than on roads, writes MONIQUE BUT­TER­WORTH

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AN­THONY Field spends up to seven months of ev­ery year on the road. When he pulls on the blue skivvy as the Blue Wig­gle, he be­comes an in­ter­na­tional celebrity with the world’s wee­nie-bop­pers.

So it’s no sur­prise his favourite drive is the run home from Syd­ney air­port to his wife, Miki, and their three chil­dren, Lu­cia, 5, Maria, 3 and An­to­nio, 18 months.

But Field, 45, is tak­ing on even more work and now hosts Chan­nel 7’s RSPCA An­i­mal Res­cue, a doc­u­men­tary se­ries that fol­lows the tough cases the RSPCA in­spec­tors and ve­teri­nary staff face ev­ery day.

He says he is tired of be­ing a passenger in the Big Red Car and jokes if money were no ob­ject, he’d buy it, pimp it up and charge Mur­ray Cook (red Wig­gle), Jeff Fatt (pur­ple Wig­gle) and Sam Mo­ran (yel­low Wig­gle) to ride in it.

What was your first car?

A 1973 yel­low Volk­swa­gen Kombi. I bought it from my dad for $900 in 1981. It was a great car. I would sleep in it af­ter big Cock­roaches gigs. We took the seat out and I prac­ti­cally lived in it. I had it for three or four years un­til the ac­cel­er­a­tor ca­ble broke. I fig­ured it was get­ting a bit rusty and it was time to move on.

What do you drive now?

Iron­i­cally, I have a Volk­swa­gen spon­sor­ship now and I have a black EOS con­vert­ible. We also have a fam­ily car, a Chrysler 300C sedan.

Do you have a favourite drive and who would you take?

I am­away six to seven months of the year so my favourite drive is the one from Kings­ford Smith Air­port in Syd­ney to home with my wife Miki.

How far would you drive in a year?

Only about 8000km, but my fre­quent-flyer points are phe­nom­e­nal.

Do you have a favourite motoring mem­ory?

I have driven in the celebrity race at the Aus­tralian Grand Prix and the great­est thing about that was meet­ing some re­ally great peo­ple and be­com­ing friends. I was al­ways down the bot­tom end of the pack so I don’t think I’ll be chas­ing a ca­reer in motorsport.

What would you buy if money were no ob­ject?

I would buy one of the most fa­mous cars in Aus­tralia. I’ve been a passenger too long. I would buy the Big Red Car. I’d pimp it up and charge the other guys to ride in it.

What mu­sic is play­ing in your car?

Car­los Gardel. He’s Ar­gen­tinean and he was the king of tango.

How much is too much for a new car?

It’s what you can af­ford, but petrol is go­ing to cost the most, so you have to keep in mind how much it is go­ing to guz­zle. It’s up to each per­son what they can af­ford.

What should be done to make driv­ing safer?

The steps are al­ready there with ran­dom breath test­ing, speed mon­i­tor­ing and en­sur­ing peo­ple wear seat­belts— that’s all you can re­ally do.

Are you spon­sored by a car com­pany?

Yes, Volk­swa­gen. Miki loves it. I hardly get to drive the car.

Passenger: An­thony Field hosts RSPCA An­i­mal Res­cue, but is fa­mous for be­ing a Wig­gle (above).

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