Driving Test: Hormazd Sorabjee
He may be competition, but there's no denying that he's also one of the biggest auto enthusiasts in the country...
Did you pass your driving test the first time? What was it like?
A blind man could pass a driving test in India the first time! The guy who took my test made me drive around in a circle. It lasted two minutes.
Who taught you to drive?
My dad. I would sit on his lap on Polo Ground in Mahabaleshwar and steer. When I was 12, my feet could reach the pedals.
What car did you learn to drive in?
The family car – a 1956 Dodge Kingsway.
What was the first car you bought?
A used Maruti 800, in 1988, for Rs 50,000. I took it straight to the garage and put a roll cage in it. It was my rally car then.
What was the worst car you’ve ever driven?
Sipani Montana diesel. It sounded like a tractor and drove like one too.
What’s the best car you’ve ever bought?
BMW 325i (E30). It’s a pure driving experience, unspoiled by electronics and driver aids.
What’s your dream car?
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona – a classic that still looks gorgeous.
Who and what caused your first crash?
Pushed a bit too hard in the 1986 Himalayan Rally and I rolled my Maruti Gypsy. My 72-year-old co-driver was asleep – he woke up upside down.
Are you a good driver?
Ask my wife.
What’s the worst thing a passenger can say when you’re driving?
Again, ask my wife.
How clean is your licence?
Squeaky clean! A bit tattered, though.
What’s the fastest you have ever driven?
Around 300kph in a maxed out Ferrari F430 in Hungary.
Where’s your favourite place to drive in the world?
Believe it or not – India! If you search hard, you can find some brilliant roads.
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