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My Wheels: Edd Black
Liberty lover: Edd Black, Chairman of the Customer Service Advisory, Main Roads WA. Picture: Iain Gillespie/The West Australian

Edd Black is Independent Chairman of the Customer Service Advisory Council of Main Roads WA. He loves his Liberty and admires the design of the Aston Martin.

MY CAR


I bought a basic Liberty at an auction five years ago and was instantly hooked by all-wheel-drive handling, after decades of big sixes.

Two years later, my wife became one of the 40,000 reported traffic incidents each year, involving mainly ordinary drivers with a safe driving history. The car was written off without her sustaining any injuries, so we decided to get another Liberty, not a new oversized model, but a tidy MY07 2.5 GT Spec B.

The Spec B is at its very best in the dark in the rain - steady, firm, predictable with great vision - or gliding up to Geraldton via the new scenic Indian Ocean Drive.

MY DREAM CAR


Most days I believe I have already got it, but now and then, I spot an Aston Martin and have disloyal thoughts because of its beautiful design work and serious engineering.

MY FIRST CAR


A 1954 Morris Minor, a magic little car. As a student, I saved my night-job money, looked in the Saturday paper and paid a nice lady in Tuart Hill the princely sum of $75 for the car.

Three student/apprentice friends also had "Morries" - a convertible, a sedan and a station wagon. One had to get white-ant treatment for the external wood trim of his Minor Traveller Estate before one of our joint outings to the Drive-In.

Going in a group was both fun and handy, as there were always friends available to push your car when it didn't start after the movie.

REVHEAD RATING (1-5)


I think I might be a four. Not on mechanical knowledge but the enjoyment of driving something that handles beautifully in suburban traffic, on a freeway and especially leisurely country touring.