Riding pillion for the super charismatic Valentino Rossi, first cars, favourite cars, best bikes and most rousing road trips are among the topics discussed by the female face of television motorsport Suzi Perry in a new podcast.
Television presenter Suzi Perry became a familiar face covering MotoGP for the BBC for 13 years and is now fulfilling the same role with BT Sport. She also appeared on Channel 5’s The Gadget Show for 9 years and hosted the BBC’s Formula One coverage from 2013 to 2015.
She joined British touring car championship racer Jason Plato and radio presenter Dave Vitty, to talk all things automotive on “Fuelling Around”, an exclusive podcast conceived and powered by specialist motor insurance intermediary Adrian Flux.
Becoming a petrolhead was a slow build for Suzi Perry
Suzi Perry said her transformation into petrolhead was a “slow build” partly inspired by the “lovely Murray Walker” whose voice was synonymous with motorsports during her formative years.
During the podcast she spoke of her delight at passing her driving test at the first time of asking and eventually buying her first car, a £1,000 Ford Fiesta Popular Plus.
Confessing a rather “boring” car history she went on to own a VW Polo and a Renault Clio before graduating to an Audi and then BMW 320i, but the car that really made her blood rush was the Honda S2000.
She loved the Honda so much that she actually went on to own three of them, but her dream car would be a classic Mercedes-Benz 280 SL
Swapping four wheels for two and describing her pillion ride with Rossi, Suzi Perry likened him to Barry Sheene, James Hunt or George Best.
“When you interview him you feel like you’re the only person in the world and that he’s telling you something incredibly important, even though he’s already told the same thing to five other people!”
It just makes my senses go “ping”
And Suzi Perry’s dream road trip? “It would have to be on Steve McQueen’s Triumph from The Great Escape”.
The two-hour itinerary would take her from Cape Town along the coast road to Noordhoek Beach taking in Chapman’s Peak on the way.
She said: “Sometimes when you are driving or riding you feel very alive. The elements and surroundings there make me feel the most alive I can ever feel.
You have a heightened state of adrenaline and all your senses go ping.”
Listen to the full podcast to find out what else makes Suzi Perry’s senses go ping. You’ll also discover what happened to Jason Plato’s 60,000 euro Mercedes 280 SL while it was being stored in a valet parking facility in Switzerland.