TV chef James Martin joins his friend Jason Plato and Dave Vitty to discuss his weird and wonderful collection of cars in the latest episode of Fuelling Around.
The trio discuss all things motor related as Martin reveals how he once bought a 50-year-old Mercedes Benz in his twenties for £175,000 instead of buying a house, a decision in which he doesn’t regret.
Elsewhere in this exclusive interview with one of Britain’s favourite chefs, Martin reveals the strange and wonderful driving advice he received from Formula 1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart whilst driving F1 cars at Silverstone, on a track day that is as surreal as a driving experience can be.
However, Stewart is not the only motorsport legend that crops up in the chat as Martin reveals how he met BTCC legend and Fuelling Around host Jason Plato and tells numerous anecdotes from working together on TV.
James Martin’s childhood
Elsewhere Martin reveals how he got his big break on television in his early twenties, how he got into cooking and how he knew it was the career for him, despite his grandfather’s initial reaction to him announcing his cookery ambitions, asking ‘why don’t you get a proper job like a cricketer?’
Passing his driving test wasn’t a problem for Martin, who did it at the first attempt, unbelievably just two days after his 17th birthday, having been driving tractors around the farm he grew up on since the age of 15.
To the bemusement of Plato and Dave Vitty, Martin had the pair of hosts swooning after informing them that he at one time owned the second ever built Lotus Elise before selling it, but did he regret getting rid, especially with the inflation? You’ll have to tune in to find out.