Browse over 9,000 car reviews

Comedian has show on road

Julia Morris was trained by the late great Peter Brock for her turn in the Celebrity Grand Prix.

Funny lady Julia Morris, who is singing up a storm with opera star David Hobson on Channel 7's It Takes Two (7.30pm Tuesdays), admits to being a latecomer to the joys of driving.  But few can boast having the late motor racing great Peter Brock as their "driving instructor''.

Having recently relocated back to Australia with her Welsh husband, comedian Dan Thomas, and 15-month-old daughter Ruby Charlotte, the 39-year-old comedian/performer cannot wait to take them for a spin down the Great Ocean Rd, once she ditches the "rental'' and gets herself a new set of wheels.

What was your first car?
I was 28 when I got my L-plates and then bought myself a brand new Toyota Celica SX in gun metal grey with double back spoiler. Such a superb car to learn in, it was low and smooth. Grrr.

What do you drive now?
A rented "No Birds'' Toyota Corolla. We have only just moved home from the UK, so we are just easing in gently. I do have my eye on the Kluger though. I had better get saving.

Do you have a favourite drive and who would you take?
Now that we have a baby, we only get to drive short trips. But as soon as she is old enough we will be hurtling down the Great Ocean Rd so I can show my Welsh husband one of the more spectacular roads in our country.

How far would you drive in a year?
Sadly, with travelling so much it is likely that I only have the time for about 15,000-20,000km a year.

Do you have a favourite motoring memory?
Having Brocky (Peter Brock) teach me to drive on the Grand Prix practice track to get my CAMS license for the celebrity race. What a great way to learn. I did stall three times at the start on the day, but hey I also indicated around the corners to observe safety first. But I needn't have worried . . . there was no one behind me.

What would you buy if money was no object?
A Bentley Continental Don't you think it would make every day seem like a special occasion?

What music is playing in your car?
My practice CDs from It Takes Two and, of course, Merrick, Rosso and Kate on Nova 96.9.

How much is too much for a new car?
Are you drunk? I have never heard such a question. Too much? It doesn't exist when it comes to a great car.

What should be done to make driving safer?
Compulsory fitment of reversing cameras. For as little as $300 we could save so many Australian lives.