When ex-Bond girl, Michelle Yeoh, heard how many people died each year on our roads she was spurred into action. Tony Bosworth caught up with the actress and model turned safety evangelist when she visited Australia to hand out awards at the Australian Road Safety Foundation.
Jacky Ickx is one of the all time great racing drivers with 25 podium finishes in F1, six wins at Le Mans, a win in the Dakar Rally in 1983 and, unforgettably, winner in 1977 of Bathurst with Allan Moffat. Paul Murrell caught up with him on his flying visit to Australia for the launch of the new VW Golf GTI.
“Even before I was appointed Chief Engineer on the IS project, my daily driver was an IS. I started developing this car to leave its mark in history. We’re trying to change the perception of the Lexus brand. In addition to being reliable and comfortable, we’re looking to be a more emotional and aggressive brand and we’re currently in the midst of that transition,” Junichi Furuyama tells Practical Motoring.
John Mrozowski is still a little jet-lagged when we catch up with him to discuss the face-lifted Jeep Grand Cherokee, but his enthusiasm for the vehicle shines through. “Two and a half years ago,” he recalls, “the Senior VP Engineering tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘We’d like you to work on the Grand Cherokee’. Since we had just launched the new model, I was inheriting something that we thought was already great, but we had to take it and make it better.”