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TG chats to Jodie Kidd
OCCUPATION: Model and presenter
What was your first car?
A Mk I Polo called Doris. I learned to drive in her, taking the rubbish down to the end of the drive.
And your best car?
For general fun, I really fell in love with the Maserati GranTurismo S - the difference when you put it into Sport mode was absolutely extraordinary.
What about your worst car?
A Rover of some description. It used to break down the whole time. And I can’t tell you what I called it, because it’s unprintable.
What’s the fastest you’ve driven?
I think I did about 210mph at Monza in the Maserati Trofeo.
Ever had a crash?
Yes, but never on the road. It was a big one at Silverstone. I spun sideways, hitting the pitlane wall lots of times, and I was rushed off to hospital. I gave up racing after that.
Can you drift?
Yes, but it’s an art.
Where… the… you’re going into a corner… I feel it… the arse is not doing… [at this point, Jodie gives up and does an accurate ‘steering arm’ description of understeer].
Ever changed an oil filter?
No, but I possibly could. When we finish this interview, I’ve got to go and change the pipes for the clutch fluid on the Landie.
Can you draw us a car?
My son is obsessed with cars, but I always end up drawing Postman Pat’s van. [pic 2, above]
What’s your best tip for winter driving?
If the road is wet or icy, leave a lot of distance. But you also need to listen to our campaign - take your car along to a dealer and get it checked out thoroughly. Be prepared and aware.
First car: Volkswagen Polo [pic 3]
Best car: Maserati GranTurismo S [pic 4]
Fastest car: Maserati Trofeo [pic 5]
Current car: Suzuki S-Cross [pic 6]
Jodie has partnered with Suzuki and Brake for their Survive the Winter campaign. Find out more on their website. And stay safe out there…