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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 27th 2010
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 27, 2010 Scooting around saves chef time and money ECONOMICAL: Manu Feildel s Vespa only costs him $8 a week to run. We took time out last week to have a chat with My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Feildel. Monique Butterworth talks to Stars with Cars I listen to music when I ride my Vespa. Something funky so I can tap along on the peddle. I'm a big fan of music' ---MANU FEILDEL, MY KITCHEN RULES WHEN he's not jetting all over the country, of- fering advice to contestants on Seven's reality show My Kitchen Rules, French celebrity chef Manu Feildel can be found tootling about Sydney, astride his Ve- spa en route to his Paddington restaurant L'Etoile. The Vespa, swears Manu, isn't a vain attempt to channel that other celebrity chef Ja- mie Oliver, but simply an efficient means to get about the city. That, and the fact that 36-year-old Manu doesn't know how to drive a car. Manu talks cars My favourite road trip was when I was 12 years old. My MumhadaRenault5---it was a tiny beige box. We were crazy to go on the road with that but we went from Brittany to Marseilles which is about a 13-hour drive. My sister and I were in the back. It was full summer and so hot! We stopped every hour to get something. It was the longest journey ever. I thought we were never going to get there. When I first arrived in Australia, I lived in Melbourne. I decided to jump on a bus to go to Sydney. That was another 12 hours! And when I got to Sydney, I fell in love. So I got back on the bus to Melbourne, to pack my stuff. And then I got back on the bus a third time to come back to Sydney. The only good thing about it was it was only $50 bucks each way. But I would never do that again. I don't know how to drive a car but I have a baby-blue and white Vespa. I don't want to kill myself so 60km/h is great. More than 20km/h out of Sydney, I'm a bit afraid to go. The petrol tank might empty itself and I get stuck in the middle of nowhere. My Vespa is for the city only. I listen to music when I ride my Vespa. Something funky so I can tap along on the peddle. I'm a big fan of music. First thing in the morning, it puts me in a good mood on the way to work. My Vespa takes me anywhere. I can park it anywhere. It costs me $8 in petrol per week and the insurance is something stupid like $400 per year. It's very convenient. I've never learnt to drive a car because I left France when I was 17 to go to London. Having a car in London is a bit silly, the public transport is so fantastic, so from 17-26 I still didn't learn to drive. Then I came to Sydney, so from 26 to 36 I still don't have a car! So that's the reason why I don't drive. And now I think it's too late. You need to do something silly like 150 hours of lessons to get my Ps --- you know, when can I do that? To be honest, I would love to get my licence. Maybe I should go to Thailand and buy a fake one! I would love to have a car, be free and take my kids away on the weekends. So I'm thinking of getting a chauffeur. That would be nice. In the meantime, I take plenty of cabs. About 50 per cent of taxi drivers drive me nuts. They [Sydney cabbies] never know where they are going. If they do know where they are going, they always take the long way round. When you don't look they press another button and it's always three or four dollars more on the fares. And that is also why I've got a Vespa! Because I don't want to go in cabs anymore!'' SATURDAY & SUNDAY 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM www.thecarmart.com.au 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park David Strang 0404 724 986 Mark Patterson 0417 025 936 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) Easy on-site finance available 93 Toyota Camry CSi 2.2lt auto, p/s, above average, moderate km. $2995 95 Hyundai Excel Sprint 1.5lt manual, low km economical and reliable first car. $3995 00 Mitsubishi TJ Magna Exec 3.5lt auto, p/s, a/c, 105,000km, ideal family car. $6995 01 Ford Falcon AU II 4.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, dual fuel. $5995 05 Ford Fiesta LX 1.6lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, 64,000km, late model. $9995 98 Honda Accord 3.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, elecrics, alloys, 75,000kms. $7995 Toyota Echo 1.3lt manual, a/c, only 119,000km, hard to find, 5 door hatch. $8995 05 Suzuki Liana 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, great value. $9995 04 Hyundai Getz 1.5lt, p/s, a/c, electrics, rare 5 door, award winning, 92,000kms. $9995 99 Holden VT Commodore 3.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, factory alloys, popular model. $4995 98 Mitsubishi Magna Sports 3.0lt sports shift, p/s, a/c, alloys, rear spoiler. $5995 90 Toyota Hilux f lat tray 2.8lt manual, diesel, p/s, 4WD, sunraysias, ready for work. $4995 $10,995 $7995 01 Toyota Prius Hybrid Auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, electric powered economy! 98 Nissan Navara ST 2.4lt, manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, tow bar, moderate km. Specialising in cars... under $10,000 www.thecarmart.com.au Open All Weekend! 15766Jav
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