Model and presenter Melinda Messenger, 39, lives in Berkshire, has three children and is married to childhood sweetheart Wayne Roberts. She told Kent Motors what gives her a thrill behind the wheel.
WHAT DO YOU DRIVE? I’ve got a Toyota Rav 4. It’s a lovely little car actually. Wayne has a Chrysler Grand Voyager. That’s kind of like the family wagon, and mine’s nice and nippy for getting about town, dropping the kids off and that kind of thing. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR? A little beige Metro that was a bit like a roller skate that would never start properly. I literally used to have to put my foot on the floor and rock it backwards and forwards until it moved. It was like a little dodgem, but I loved it. About £300 it was. WHAT WAS YOUR BEST/ WORST CAR? I had a really gorgeous metallic MG and it was in this beautiful magenta purple with a leather interior. It was a really lovely little car, but I lent it to my brother, who then went and wrote it off one icy morning, so that was one of my favourites. Oh, I also had a red Mini with a union jack on the roof. That was pretty cool as well. I’d say the worst car from my point of view, though it was Wayne’s favourite, was a BMW Z3, and it was only the worst in as much as it was just really impractical to go anywhere because there was not much boot space. It was before we had kids and everything was crammed in the front. I’m a bit more into my comfort now. WHAT IS YOUR DREAM CAR? A little Nissan Figaro. I absolutely adore them. They’re just so gorgeous. I really must get one of those one day. DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE A GOOD DRIVER? I think I’m a very good driver. I’ve been driving since I was 18. WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS KEEP IN YOUR GLOVE BOX? Tissues and wipes – very necessary when you’ve got small children, and an emergency snack or two, and a bottle of water and a pen. WHAT DRIVES YOU MAD BEHIND THE WHEEL? People that don’t let you out. There’s nothing worse than when people can see you waiting there and there is an opportunity to let you out but they don’t. WHAT’S THE BEST MUSIC TO DRIVE TO? Radio 1 during the day then I switch over to Magic or Heart in the evening. HAVE YOU EVER HAD A CRASH? Touch wood I’ve not had any accidents, though I did reverse a car into a tree one day. That’s because all the kids were talking at once so I got slightly distracted, but luckily we weren’t moving very fast so we were fine. Nothing you couldn’t knock out. WHO WOULD BE YOUR PERFECT PASSENGER? My family. Wayne is a really good passenger to have because I’m not so hot on directions and he’s brilliant. WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU’VE EVER DONE IN A CAR? Probably getting changed in the car. That’s the most challenging thing. WHO CLEANS YOUR CAR AND HOW OFTEN? I take it up to Sainsbury’s and it gets washed there, or Wayne will give it a good vacuum out for me.
Melinda Messenger with Zig and Zag
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