Tom Gleeson's motoring past and present

DREAM RIDE: Tom Gleeson has a car worth having.
DREAM RIDE: Tom Gleeson has a car worth having.

AUSTRALIAN comedian took time out from preparing for his latest show, This Week Live, to deliver his verdict on his motoring past and present.

What was your first car?

Mint condition Toyota Corolla two-door 1981 model, mustard, manual, was given it by my Nan. It was sh*t.

What are you driving now, and what do you love and hate about it?

A green 2002 Holden Monaro. Love everything about it. I hate nothing. I bought it second-hand 10 years ago. The previous owner's son cried when they had to hand over the keys. It was devastating. I sent the kid a model of the car to cheer him up.

What cars did your family have while you were growing up?

My parents drove Volvos in the '80s. A yellow sedan and a blue station wagon.

What made it weird was that we were on a farm in country NSW. A couple of Volvos drowning in a sea of Holdens and Fords.

What is your greatest frustration on the road?

Roadworks. I live an hour's drive out of Melbourne. I have come to accept that statistically, my trip in to town will never not have roadworks somewhere. What's worse is, you slow down to 40kph so you've got plenty of time to see just how little work is going on.

Do you have any preferred driving music?

Little River Band, the Definitive Collection, but I switch off when you get to the end where John Farnham took over.

If you were to pick anyone in the world to go on a road trip, who would it be?

Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd. Then I'd drive off a cliff.

What is your dream car?

Green Monaro. I own it! It's gorgeous, it made a kid cry. How could you not love it?


Who: Tom Gleeson.

Born: June 2, 1974.

Resume: He started in the entertainment industry in a band, called The Fantastic Lesie, which also featured Andrew Hansen from The Chaser. The stand-up comedian has featured on a range of radio and television programs over the past decade.

See him: This Week Live, Wednesdays, 9.30pm on Channel 10.

Topics:  comedian motoring

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