Kaiser Chiefs frontman and The Voice UK judge Ricky Wilson passes judgement on his favourite cars in the latest Fuelling Around podcast powered by Adrian Flux insurance.
In time honoured tradition, Wilson joins as guest of touring car championship race driver Jason Plato and radio presenter Dave Vitty to reflect on all things automotive in this exclusive podcast, “I Predict it’s Ricky Wilson”.
The trio contemplate everything from their top motorway service stations – is it Leigh Delamere of Gavin & Stacey fame or Heston? – embarrassing personalised car number plates, and which is best, the campervan or the caravan? Well, what do you think?
Despite having a racing licence acquired at Scotland’s national motorsport centre, Knockhill, Ricky Wilson admitted he doesn’t currently own a car, not one that works any way.
‘I spent £6,000 doing up a Mini but it still doesn’t go’
He has a Mini he was given by his manager’s grandmother when he first passed his test but that is locked away in a garage in Cornwall. He said he fell in love with it and spent £6,000 doing it up but it still doesn’t work because of an electrical problem.
Wilson put bigger tyres on it but the front ones scraped against the inside of the wheel arches when he went around corners. And the fuel gauge didn’t work so he never knew how much petrol he had.
His favourite car is a Range Rover and he actually owned one once. Ever since he sold it he has promised himself he would get a new one but he hasn’t done so yet.
He has an interest in bikes too but confessed he doesn’t get on too well with them having failed his motorbike test twice.
Despite that he owns a Triumph Bonneville (pictured below with his dog Reedus), a replica of the Steve McQueen machine in The Great Escape and one of only 999 manufactured. “It’s brilliant for drying tea towels on. It sits in the hallway at home and it’s done zero miles,” Wilson said.
Learn about Ricky Wilson’s strange obsession
Tune in to Fuelling Around and learn about Ricky Wilson’s strange obsession with Wedgwood calendar plates: “The strange thing is, I have my favourites,” he said. You can also hear news of Wilson’s possible job swap with Jason Plato — Wilson racing, Plato singing — surely, a spectacle not to be missed!