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My first car was a 1996 Ford Fi­esta LX called Frank (named af­ter one of my big­gest in­spi­ra­tions, my late Un­cle Frank). It was ad­ver­tised for £495 but with some friendly hag­gling I man­aged to pick it up for a clean £400. Jack­pot! I’ve al­ways had a sense of ad­ven­ture but the free­dom from own­ing my own car was, and still is, a game changer.


I’m still driv­ing Frank. I only passed my test a lit­tle over a year ago, and with just 70,000 miles on the clock, Frank is still a spring chicken. My favourite thing about Frank, and older cars in gen­eral, is that on the rare oc­ca­sion that some­thing does go wrong, it’s re­ally easy and cheap to fix.


I wouldn’t mind tak­ing a Shelby Mus­tang GT500 for a test drive. I don’t think I’d swap Frank for any­thing but I might go down the route of a VW camper or sim­i­lar. I’ve al­ways loved the idea of be­ing able to live in a van. Plus, with hair like mine, a VW camper would re­ally com­plete the skater/hippy look.


I love go­ing out for a drive and see­ing where the road takes me. My favourite place to go nearby is Loch Earn, a 20-minute drive from my home­town of Cri­eff. My girl­friend and I of­ten load up the car with camp­ing gear and head up to Loch Tay, Glen­coe or the Cairn­gorms for a few nights.


I’d say driv­ing in cities is my least favourite. I re­mem­ber be­ing half­way along Princes Street in Ed­in­burgh be­fore re­al­is­ing only taxis and buses are al­lowed to drive along it.


My top driv­ing songs in­clude Sly by The Cat Em­pire, an amaz­ing, up­lift­ing band; Crim­i­nal by Eminem – apolo­gies if you have ever seen me out driv­ing, scream­ing out the lyrics with the win­dows down – and Who Says by John Mayer.


My girl­friend and my friends have all rid­den shot­gun in Frank many a time. I’m cur­rently in re­hearsals for The Phoenix and the Crow and I’ve grown so close to the guys I’m work­ing with, they’d be first choice right now. But I’d love to take a road trip with co­me­dian Kevin Bridges be­cause he is so funny, TV pre­sen­ter Louis Th­er­oux, who would be full of en­ter­tain­ing sto­ries, and Justin Roi­land and Dan Harmon, the cre­ators of the an­i­mated show Rick and Morty. I would love to be a fly on the wall dur­ing any of their con­ver­sa­tions.

Jake McGarry stars in The Phoenix and The Crow at the Fringe (Venue 18: Sweet Venues Grass­mar­ket) from Au­gust 14 to 20. Tick­ets from www.tick­ets.ed­fringe.com Jake was talk­ing to ANN WAL­LACE

When not driv­ing Frank, the Fi­esta LX, Jake McGarry would con­sider life on the road in a VW camper, left

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