Cadel Evans has true Aussie motoring upbringing

As a Holden ambassador, Cadel Evans currently drives a Commodore Sportwagon.
As a Holden ambassador, Cadel Evans currently drives a Commodore Sportwagon.

HE'S a true Australian legend. While more accustomed to watts than kilowatts, we managed to catch up with 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans to talk about his driving interests and history.

What was your first car?

As a cyclist it was a bit strange. When I first got my licence I raced for a team that was sponsored by a car company which of course provided cars. It was a few years until I bought my own car. Living in Europe, I bought a bright blue Audi S3 (2002). Two-litre, six speed, all-wheel drive, it was quick and fitted a bike in the back.

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

A Holden SS Sportwagon, it's great - it fits my family and all of our belongings on any trip. It's a nice balance of performance and comfort/practicality. Dislikes? People think its environmentally unfriendly, but with all of the highway driving we do, living past Geelong, with cylinder shut-down and a lot of torque it's surprisingly efficient.

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

The first family car I remember was a light brown HQ sedan, it was the normal 202 Trimatic. The first car I ever drove was on my father's farm, a LJ Torana, "three on the tree". I was only nine or so, so could only just reach the pedals.

What is your greatest frustration on the road?

Impatience and intolerance. They are public roads...for everyone. Why can't people share?

Do you have any preferred driving music?

I'm a fan of Paul Kelly, Hunters and Collectors and Bruce Springsteen - so they all get a good run in my car if my wife is not with me. When we travel as a family it is my little boy's Eric Clapton and Etta James phase with various versions of Baa Baa Black Sheep that commands (he is yet to turn three).

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

Paul Kelly, Hunters and Collectors or Bruce Springsteen - they might start singing after while...

What is your dream car?

I like classic cars, a dream car would be the late Peter Brock's 1972 Bathurst winning XU1. I am quite sure it is unobtainable, and rightly so.

Evans is a Holden ambassador.


Who: Cadel Evans.

Born: February 14, 1977 in Katherine.

Resume: The first Australian to win the Tour de France in 2011, after coming second in 2007 and 2008. Evans was originally a champion mountain biker, winning the World Cup in 1998 and 1999. In 2009 he was the UCI Road World Champion.

See him: Riding for team BMC.

Cadel Evans.
Cadel Evans.

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