Star and car: Geoff Lawson

Former Australian fast-bowler Geoff Lawson and his Ford Mondeo.The low-down: A lively paced swing bowler and qualified optometrist from Wagga Wagga, Lawson was once regarded as Australia’s leading quick.

Career Highlights: International debut in 1980-81; 180 test wickets for Australia; part of the 1989 Ashes-winning tour; coach of Pakistan in 2007, leadiing the team to the ICC World Twenty20 final.

Memorable moments: “Bouncing” Geoff Boycott; having his jaw broken by Curtly Ambrose; receiving an Order of Australia in 1990 for services to cricket.

Current gigs: Involved with online coaching site www.centrewicket苏州美睫培训; cricket pundit for Sky Sports and commentator for ABC Radio.

What was your first car?

It was a two-tone pink Holden EK, cost $100. My old man owned a garage and we were able to piece it together and keep it on the road with fencing wire and Paddle Pop sticks, as you do. I had it from the time I was in fifth form in high school until I played Sheffield Shield cricket. When I got into the state cricket squad, Tooheys were our sponsors and I used to put Tooheys stickers all over the rust spots, just to cover them up.

What happened to it in the end?

I took a year off uni to go to England to play league cricket and I left the car with my mates. We did the rego transfer into their name – $4 it cost – and it broke down the next day, never to go again.

What are you driving now?

A European model Ford Mondeo. I was at a race day with my son at a track outside Goulburn and [race driver] Andrew Miedecke was there and we were having a chat. I ended up buying the car from him, even though his dealership was in Port Macquarie. But it’s a good car. It’s got the essentials: a boot big enough to put two or three sets of golf sticks and/or the cricket gear. And I fit in it, which is my major criteria for buying cars. You’ve got to be able to fit in when you’re six-foot-four with a dodgy back.

What’s your ideal car?

I did have a drive of a Rolls Royce last year. We played this charity cricket game in the Barossa, and one of the sponsors drove a couple of them over. He let me drive one from Adelaide Airport up to the Barossa. I think it retailed in Australia for $996,000. It was the most nervous hour-and-a-half drive I’ve ever had, but it was so smooth. You hardly knew you were moving. There was no engine noise, no vibrations from the road. It was like you were floating. It was a superb vehicle to drive. I can see why they cost that much when they drive that well.

What’s your favourite drive?

Port Elizabeth to Cape Town via the Garden Route is especially spectacular. I’ve done it about four times. If you want to stop at a beachside resort town, you can do it. Or if you turn inland you end up in the dry, arid interior within about 10 Ks. Then from 50 Ks out you can see Table Mountain in the background and you just drive straight towards it. It’s quite unique.

Vital statistics

3: the number of years I’ve had my Mondeo.

3: the number of Honda Accords I’ve owned.

Car lover gauge – 2

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