WHEEL LIFE: JULIE FOWLIS

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FIRST CAR?

I was des­per­ate to drive and started to learn as soon as I turned 17. I passed first time within a cou­ple of months. My first car was a sil­ver Peu­geot 106. It was about three years old when I bought it, and I was so proud of it. I still re­mem­ber the buzz of hav­ing my own car and feel­ing in­de­pen­dent, es­pe­cially as we lived in the High­lands.

CUR­RENT CAR?

I’m lucky enough to own a Hyundai i800 which we had con­verted to a camper­van. It’s been the best thing we ever did. My hus­band and I and our two chil­dren love head­ing off in the van, some­times for big day trips to the beach or up the Cairn­gorms ski­ing, or a camp­ing week­end. As soon as we pack up and leave, it feels like we are head­ing off on an ad­ven­ture. We love camp­ing and be­ing out­doors, and the van has been the per­fect ve­hi­cle for us.

DREAM CAR?

I have never re­ally han­kered af­ter cars but I am sorely tempted by the VW Cal­i­for­nia.

FAVOURITE PLACE TO DRIVE?

I love driv­ing around the North High­lands, I used to drive those roads end­lessly be­fore they be­came the NC500 and trendy. I spent a large part of my youth driv­ing those roads play­ing dances and teach­ing mu­sic. My hus­band and I drive a lot for our work as we travel all over the world, we reg­u­larly drive all over the US and Europe. My hus­band is a self-con­fessed cranky pas­sen­ger, so he tends to be at the wheel more than me.

LEAST FAVOURITE PLACE TO DRIVE?

I don’t like driv­ing around Lon­don much. I am a com­pe­tent driver but don’t drive in very busy ar­eas that of­ten, so I tend to avoid it.

ROAD TRIP SOUND­TRACK?

In the US, we al­ways have Joni Mitchell on re­peat – think Cal­i­for­nia, Free Man in Paris, while driv­ing to­wards San Fran­cisco in the sun­shine. Or Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Trad mu­sic from Ire­land and Scot­land is never far away. Other in­stru­men­tal artists re­cently on my car playlist in­clude Dream­ers Cir­cus and Gw­erz, and I adore vo­cal mu­sic from other parts of the world, es­pe­cially ar­eas of Europe like Bul­garia, Spain and Scan­di­navia. I love a pod­cast too: com­edy and pol­i­tics reg­u­larly fea­ture.

IDEAL PAS­SEN­GERS?

Phil Cun­ning­ham is al­ways good for a story in the car. I es­pe­cially love spend­ing time with mu­si­cians driv­ing on tour. It’s al­ways a great place to share and learn new mu­sic and con­coct plans!

Award-win­ning singer Julie Fowlis, whose dream ‘car’ is ac­tu­ally a Volk­swa­gen Cal­i­for­nia camper­van, left.

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