HE last time I did a road test for the motoring editor it was a seven-seat Kia Rondo. Good car for its purpose – which is hauling sprogs to and from school/sport/juvenile court etc – but zero zing.
‘‘Next time, can I have a car with a bit more street cred?’’ I asked when I handed over the Kia story.
That’s how I came to be doing school runs in aBMWZ4 roadster one week, and then swapped that little demon for the latest Audi TT.
Having those two sleek little cars parked in the driveway one after the other, leaving the trusty seven-yearold Commodore wagon beside them to gather even more dust than it normally wears, was a revelation.
The neighbours thought I had won Lotto. The children suddenly acknowledged my existence.
Need a teaspoon of sugar, darling? No problem, I’ll just drive to Cairns to get it for you.
The Z4 I swanned around in for seven days was the latest version of the BMW beauty, a hard-top convertible with a three-litre engine and more accessories, styling and features than I could get a handle on in such a short time.
I have never driven a car like the Z4 before. Hell, I have never sat in a car like the Z4 before.
It did strange things to me. For a start, I felt compelled to dress better. It just didn’t seem right jumping into this marvel of engineering in boardies, thongs and a T-shirt held together only by old paint stains.
Some unseen force emanating from the silver bullet in the garage was subjugating my normal anti-fashion clothing choices, and I broke out the leather jacket, the sports coat, my
COOL WHEELS FOR A COOL DUDE: Rory Gibson and the Audi TT TDi which made him feel like a new man – for a while.
Pictures: Kevin Bull