Channel 10's Greg Rust.
Channel 10's Greg Rust.

Greg Rust has a Gem of a driving start

NOT only is he Channel Ten's motorsport aficionado, Greg Rust can steer a bit himself.

We caught up with Rusty to talk about his motoring past and present.

What was your first car and what happened to it?

My dad helped me buy a beige 1979 Holden Gemini SLX. I thought I knew about basic maintenance. I wouldn't say I knew a heap about cars, but I did little things like sports exhaust and extractors. I eventually lunched the engine doing silly things…so dad had to rescue me.

The Gemini was eventually written off. I was about 600m from Mum and Dad's place and in the early morning sunlight a lady coming down the hill turned into me.

What cars did you family have while you were growing up?

Dad had a '79 Charger, red, white and black. I just thought that was the bees knees because it was a two-door. But we owned a selection of things including Falcons that Dad had as company cars, several Commodores, and one that stands out is Mum's buttercup-yellow Toyota Corona station wagon.

What is your current drive?

VW Golf GTi, and I love it. That is the first turbo four I owned. My best mate from high school has owned several and I just knew how good they were and how enjoyable they were to drive. For a daily commute it is perfect. The family runabout for my wife and two kids is a Holden Captiva.

What is your biggest frustration on the road?

I hate indecision. I wish we were a lot more like Europe in the way we drive on the road and also the way we go about offering licences to people. I am a big believer in advanced driver training. I have seen it save lives and people make good decisions because they have done a course like that.

What is your dream car?

I have always loved the Porsche 911 and I would dearly love to own one of those. My bucket-list thing would be to restore an early '70s model, probably a '72-'74…thereabouts. I would want it largely original.

Who would you like to take on a road trip?

I would like to have met Steve McQueen. But I have fond memories of our trips with the 10 commentary team to Bathurst, so going up with Leigh Diffey, Daryl Beattie and Barry Sheene. We always had fun.

VITAL STATISTICS

Who: Greg Rust.

Born: July 19, 1970.

Resume: Motor racing commentator and the front man for Australia's coverage of Formula One and MotoGP on the Network Ten and One HD. His love for motorsport started as a kart racer and went on to take class wins in rally sprints and khanacrosses.

See him: At 9.30 most Saturday or Sunday nights during the motorsport season on Channel Ten/One.

The Greg Rust (right) with his siblings and the buttercup yellow family wagon.
The Greg Rust (right) with his siblings and the buttercup yellow family wagon.


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