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I almost always have a tent and some camping gear. I love spontaneous camping trips, sometimes I'll just be driving somewhere up north and decide to pull over and stay for the night and go for a walk in the mountains or along the beach. First car you owned? A Mitsubishi Sigma, I don't even know what year. My grandfather sold it to me for a steal, it was blue and it had a stereo. I had some epic adventures in that car; it represented freedom. Your dream car? I have become interested in sustainable living and my mother lives in an eco- village. From that perspective, a dream car would be the Tesla Model S or Model 3. What do you drive in
Zac installs internet and computers, and goes fishing a lot, so his vehicle is a 2011 Toyota Hilux SR. It’s boss looking and has tints. Who taught you to drive? My Aunty Leah in a blue Mini and my uncle Lex who also had a Mini, his was pink and was a kind of station wagon. I learnt on quiet farm roads in Palmerston North and Feilding. I think I was 15. Any tips for young drivers? Always learn to drive manual. Who started your interest in cars? My grandfather was a mechanic and was restoring a Model A Ford in his home garage in Palmerston North. I used to dream of turning it in to a hot rod. He didn't appreciate that idea. Most memorable road trip? When I first moved to Auckland. I was 21 and I was living with my koro. One day he said, “boy if I were you, I wouldn't live here with us, I'd be in Auckland”. I told a few mates and they decided to move to Auckland as well, pretty much that day. We had no money, didn't even know how to pay for gas, but we set off, not a care in the world. Favourite movie car scene? Anthony Hopkins in
In the scene where Burt Munro has just arrived in the US and is catching a cab to his hotel. He looks out the back window of the taxi and the look in his eyes, amazed at the lights and the city, it is a beautiful scene and beautiful acting. What do you listen to in your car? I prefer RnB and House music. Great day trip out of Auckland? Bethells Beach, Te Henga track and the lake walk are awesome spots. Auckland traffic? We need to work on a better train system. Perhaps a subway or a monorail around the central city. I try to stay away from peak hour traffic and set most of my appointments to miss it all. I don't think the answer is more lanes, which we seem to be doing.