ONE – Both of my parents were both born in Egypt, but moved to Australia before I was born. I have an older sister and I also have two adult children.
TWO – I really have no desire to travel overseas as we have so much here to explore in Australia. In fact, I didn’t even leave Australia or get a passport until 2011 when Shelly wanted to take me on my first cruise.
THREE – My first car was a purple 1972 Ford Capri. My parents actually purchased it for my sister and I and it was such a cool little car. Unfortunately it didn’t last very long as it got stolen from in front of our unit. Police recovered it a week later with no interior whatsoever, no door trim, no seats, no steering wheel …. it was completely stripped out! Such a shame as it had been a great little car and in excellent condition.
FOUR – The first, and only, time I rode a motorbike I was on a Postie Bike. The bike had come into the workshop to get a service and the boys told me to jump on it and ride it into the workshop. Unfortunately I gave it a little bit too much throttle and almost lost the bike into the brick wall. In the process I damaged my left knee and had problems walking for the next six weeks! Not surprisingly I never had the desire to jump on another bike!
FIVE – I love sim racing (simulation) on the PS4. I have a full set up at home (which my beautiful Shelly even lets me keep in the loungeroom!) and I spend a lot of time racing online. I’ve always loved racing and used to own a Honda Integra which I often raced on the track or at the drags.
SIX – I haven’t been on television as much as Shelly, but I did appear on a segment of 4WD TV a few years ago, you can see the link here on our website.
SEVEN – Gelly & Charli aren’t the first staffys i’ve owned. My first was a little English Staffy pup called Zon. She escaped from our yard and the neighbours said that someone had picked her up off the street and we never saw her again 🙁 Next we got a big black staffy which I believe was a half English & half American staffy. My ex and I adopted her from the pound as a 1 year old and we fell in love with her immediately. We named her Deb, which means bear in Arabic.
EIGHT – I’ve flown a real plane! The flight actually counted towards my first flying hours. It was a little Cesna and I flew and landed unassisted (the pilot was there with controls if needed!).
NINE – Back in 1997 I attended a day out at a go-kart venue with work (for legal reasons I can’t disclose the name of the venue!). We had a great morning racing around and it came time to pull into the pits. I pulled in, jumped on the brakes and ……… NOTHING! …… no brakes ……. BANG! I crashed into a wall and broke my ankle. What started out as a fun morning out with workmates ended with being rushed to hospital in an ambulance, an operation and continual problems to this date. At the time the doctor said that I had done a one in 1 million breakage and I was lucky that I didn’t damage the cup in which the bone sat.
TEN – I have owned more than 20 cars in my lifetime. I have always been a Ford man so a lot of my cars were Fords! I’ve owned a Ford Falcon XE, XB and XY and a Ford Fairlane ZD. The one and only new car that I have ever purchased was a brand-new Suzuki Swift GTi.
ELEVEN – My dream car is a 1965 Ford Mustang GT350. A few years ago Shelly surprised me with a joy ride in a GT500 (Eleanor replica).
TWELVE – I have worked all my life in the automotive industry, I’ve managed mechanical workshops, performance workshops and tyre stores. I’m currently working in sales as an Account Manager selling wheels for the 4WD market.
THIRTEEN – One of my funniest moments growing up was when my friend and I jumped in the boot of a mate’s Ford Escort to go to the drive-ins, in the hope of getting in for free! Well we didn’t get in for free, we were busted and told to get out of the boot and leave the premises immediately!
FOURTEEN – I have a love for Australian history, in particular the early explorers. I also love the history of old shipwrecks. There is so much to learn and it’s amazing to see what they all endured and overcame to make their mark on history.
FIFTEEN – I love trying new things and have driven a V8 Supercar, driven WRX and V8 Holden Ute Rally cars, been in a Stunt Car, flown a plane as mentioned above, been a passenger in V8 dirt buggies, was a passenger on a hot lap with Bruce Garland (Bruce participated in multiple Dakar rallies), flown in a helicopter and seaplane and experienced flying a Boing 737 via a flight simulator (same as what the pilots train on).