Stars Cars: Gordon Bray, the Voice of Rugby
WITH one of the most recognisable voices to Australian sports fans, veteran radio and television commentator Gordon Bray is like an old friend in the lounge room.
But how much do you know about his life with cars? We asked the Voice of Rugby to tackle our motoring posers ahead of tonight's second test between Australia and England.
What was your first car?
A second hand 1967 Fiat 124 Sports. It was aqua blue with a sunroof and really fizzed along. I bought it from my sister's boyfriend and took it to Tassie when I got my first ABC promotion.
What are you driving now, and what do you love and hate about it?
A metallic blue BMW 420i Convertible. I am an ambassador for South Yarra BMW who support grass roots rugby. It's our family's fourth BMW and I just love the German engineering and luxury appointments. I do hate it when it rains and I can't put the roof down.
What's the worst car you've ever owned?
A battered Austin Freeway. It was my next car in Tasmania and I felt like a Sherman Tank driver. It was a heavy beast with dodgy brakes so low speed was a priority. As a bachelor, it did inestimable damage to my aspirations with the opposite sex.
What cars did your family have while you were growing up?
My late father decided to surprise my mum when my youngest sister was born by rolling up at the hospital in an A Model Ford (car produced between 1927 and 1931). We also had a Ford Zephyr station wagon which was great for the kids at the drive-in. Mum had a rush of blood and bought a Triumph TR3 but sadly it was repossessed. Times were tough.
What is your greatest frustration on the road?
People travelling under speed in the right hand lane. Other bugbears are getting caught in peak hour traffic and paying for parking when you pick up at Sydney Airport.
Do you have any preferred driving music?
Love the Beach Boys. My daughter knows all their songs. She had no choice. I enjoy classic rock and when I need to calm nerves I go for smooth and soothing.
For your dream road trip, what car, where would you go, and who would you take?
I would definitely take the latest BMW 7 Series for a cruise through Tasmania on a food and wine tour with rugby tragic Matt Preston.
If money were no object, what would be your dream car?
An Aston Martin DB5 in concours condition. I'm a James Bond fan and for me, this beauty was love at first sight.
Who: Gordon Bray, aka The Voice of Rugby.
Born: June 23 1949, Sydney.
Resume: The expert commentator has called test rugby for 40 years, covered seven Rugby World Cups and ten summer and winter Olympic Games. Began his broadcasting career with ABC Sport in Sydney in 1969, paid his own way to France with the Wallabies in 1976 to call rugby internationals live on ABC radio, then stepped into tv rugby commentary in 1980. Estimates he has called around 400 test matches. Member of the Order of Australia, awarded Prime Minister's Sports Medal and has written six books on rugby.
Hear him: Commentating on the final Test between the Wallabies and England at Sydney's Allianz Stadium, live on TEN from 7.30pm Saturday June 25.