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I'm a Spider man; TV presenter with an interest in motoring history reveals he really wants a new Ferrari 488 ME AND MY MOTORS David Farrell.

Byline: Maggie Barry m.barry@roadrecord.co.uk

TELEVISION presenter David Farrell has every right to be a bit of a car nut. He grew up among them and, according to his dad, had his first crash at age three.

For his father, Jackie, owned Clarkston Motor Co in Glasgow and, from a very early age, David was used to not just one car but dozens of different kinds.

David, 28, said: "Being a car dealer, my dad rarely had any one car as his own because everything was for sale.

"But one I do remember is the Jensen Interceptor he had in midnight blue, which did a mere eight miles to the gallon.

"It didn't come out of the garage very often because the insurance was so high but he would take me and my sister out in it on a Sunday. It was in pristine condition. I was only about eight, so I didn't really realise what a classic it was but I do remember that it had that fuel smell you get in older cars.

"Sometimes, my dad would race it in classic car races but mostly it was just kept for a gentle drive about."

And because he was family, he had to help out. It meant washing cars and cleaning cars in the yard but also moving them about.

It comes as no surprise, therefore, that David passed his test first time, at the age of 17, after only 10 lessons.

His car of choice then was a silver Renault Clio, on which his dad put alloys, installed a CD player and added a sunroof.

"I've probably driven every car possible to be honest," said David.

"After the Clio, I had a couple of MINIS and then two Audis and a BMW."

His first MINI was a One in black, followed two years later by a blue Cooper.

"I always like to buy stuff for my cars such as mirror caps, a top spec exhaust system or special alloys," said David.

"I like my cars to have a sporty look but I was always a sucker for the brand - I don't bling them up - I just want them to be the best they can. This one had tinted windows and chrome mirror caps."

He added: "I am a self-confessed car snob - I tell everyone that. And I get bored with my cars. I recycle them about every two years.

"When I get one, I am really into it for a couple of years and then my eye goes to something else and I start looking again - and the deals you can get now are amazing."

He is about at that time now and is hankering after another Audi A3.

He bought his first Audi because he reckoned it was the next step up from the MINI and because he loved the look of it.

"What would often happen is my dad would get a car in and I would be really impressed with it and then I would try it, and I just loved this Audi. I think it was my favourite car. It was a 2.0-litre turbo diesel - powerful, sturdy, comfortable, safe but sporty and nifty. You could park it easily in town.

"It is always the look of the car that draws me first and then I think about what you can put inside it.

"I have had two Audi A3s - a gunmetal grey one and then a white one. I fancied the TT but my father told me it was a hairdresser's car, so I wasn't allowed one, although I do like the new TT very much."

nCARDS? " Not surprisingly with all this background, David has managed to incorporate cars into his work as a presenter with STV Glasgow.

He and his colleague, former Miss Scotland Jennifer Reoch, host the Riverside Show every evening but David has indulged his love of cars in The People's History Show - a series created by STV to detail the rich heritage of Scotland.

For David, it was a real labour of love. "Classic cars were something I had never really done before but I wanted to try to find out if there was some connection with the west of Scotland," said David.

And he was delighted to come across some real nuggets during his research. "It was great. I found out so much and it resulted in The People's History Show Motoring Special.

"I had been to the Transport Museum quite a lot and looked at the wall of cars but I thought that was all there was to it until I did this show.

"Take the Hillman Imp - that was a pretty iconic car in its time. I don't think I spoke to anyone who didn't have a story about it and it was made right on our doorstep.

"I never thought, given the manufacturing heritage of the west of Scotland, that car manufacturing would be in there.

"There was the Argyll Motor Works where they made the Argyll car in Bridgeton and then they moved to Alexandria.

"You would never figure that building in Alexandria had been custom-built as a car factory. It is so magnificent. I have driven past it loads of times but when you go inside it is quite spectacular.

"Then there was the electric car, the Scamp, which was made in Prestwick. There was deep rooted car manufacturing in Scotland.

"My ideal job would be hosting a Scottish version of Top Gear."

These days, he is driving a blue BMW 1 Series three-door M Sport with a 1.6-litre engine, which he says is the slowest engine he has ever had - but from his flat to his work is just a matter of a few miles.

It replaces the 3 Series coupe he had before, which he himself describes as "ridiculous". "It was just too big and it was the one car I always wanted but I felt like I was driving an estate car."

So, given an unlimited budget and complete choice, what car would David go for? He does not even miss a beat. He said: "A Ferrari Spider, the new 488 - and they're even making it in the stunning electric blue colour I love."

'My ideal TV job would be hosting a Scottish version of Top Gear'

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SHOW HOSTS Jennifer Reoch with David

SENSATIONAL Z The new Ferrari 488 Spider is top of David's motoring wish-list

EARLY MEMORIES David's dad had Jensen Interceptor. Right, a MINI Cooper was one of his first cars

HERITAGE n the Argyll Motor Works Alexandria. Left, the Hillman Imp. Below, the Scamp electric

ON THE David may buy another Audi A3
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