My Wheels: Mike Roennfeldt
Mike Roennfeldt with his Hyundai ix35. Picture: Gerald Moscarda/The West Australian

Fishing writer Mike Roennfeldt favours a feeling of freedom over speed.


MY CAR

I totally spoiled myself recently and took delivery of a new Hyundai ix35 turbo Highlander with leather upholstery, sunroof, diesel power and great fuel economy. This is my third consecutive Hyundai, reflecting the brand's reliability, practicality and value for money.

My off-road demands are relatively modest and Hyundai AWD SUVs are surprisingly competent in the sand. This is the first one that looks stylish rather than utilitarian and ugly. Also, rather than go through my usual upgrade three years ago, I bought a beautiful 1998 Saab 900S convertible for purely hedonistic weekend driving experiences.

I was so lucky; it had been treated like a baby and driving it makes me feel like a movie star, albeit of extremely low-budget movies.


MY DREAM CAR

Looking for a dent and scratch-proof, eye-catching, whisper-quiet, convertible hardtop with 300mm of ground clearance, capable of doing 0-100km/h in six seconds while drinking 4.0L/100km. Any suggestions?


MY FIRST CAR

Back in 1968, it was a Vauxhall Velox with extraordinarily soft suspension, but after just a few weeks, I was seduced by a BRG bug-eyed Austin Healy Sprite.

Unreliable, wet and cold, but it got me addicted to wind-in-the-hair motoring. It made me feel like a Kmart Jack Brabham. That car was my first true love.


REVHEAD RATING (1-5)

Speed doesn't really do it for me these days. I'm more your "cruising with the top down" kind of driver, although a bit of acceleration has plenty of appeal to the inner beast.

Having said that, I love the new-car experience and have owned upwards of 30 vehicles in my life, so obviously the feeling I get from a car is pretty important.

I'd rate myself a two for flat-out performance and a five for how a car makes me feel.

The West Australian

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