i-drive with Paul Guilbert

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'I have always been a car nut, from my very first car, a Simca 1100 Special, to my current car, a Porsche Boxster GTS. That's why myself, Stuart Butler and James Glanville set up the monthly Sunday meet. We are nuts about all cars and wanted a car meet that was all inclusive rather than brand exclusive'

What are you driving at the moment?

Porsche Boxster GTS, with a Freelander 2 as back up for more practical duties.

What was your best car – and why?

Probably the Aston Martin Vantage V12. The style, looks and sound of that car were epic.

Do you consider yourself to be a good driver?

I think I am a safe and considerate driver. Who keeps your car clean?

We have three cars and I clean them all.


What do you keep in your glovebox?

An LED torch, a Perry's guide and sunglasses.

What frustrates you on the roads?

Currently? iPods. So many people now have personal musical devices such as iPods and seem to forget they cannot hear traffic any more. Not for the first time, I recently had to brake hard when a pedestrian stepped into the road and seemed shocked to see my car. People use sound as much as sight and don't seem to realise it. Please, turn the volume down a bit (pedestrians and cyclists) so you can hear us motorists.


Do you have a favourite soundtrack to play while you drive?

Changes daily and very eclectic, could be Foo Fighters, Maroon 5, Emili Sande or Puccini.

What would be your dream car and why?

So many good cars; impossible to choose. Probably the new model Aston Martin Vantage V12, or maybe a Ferrari 458, or maybe a Lamborghini Huracan, or…

If you could go on any journey in your car where would it be and why?

I haven't been to the Alps in many years so I would connect up some of the famous routes and passes into one long loop through the mountains, with some long tunnels so I can enjoy the car's exhaust note at its best. Petrol heads would understand this.

What would make driving a more pleasant experience for you?

A slightly higher speed limit on the island and more sunshine.

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