Training Manager for Baileys Irish Cream (Its a tough job but somebodys gotta do it)
Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland
What cars do you drive and why?
2000 Alfa Romeo 145 1.8 T-Spark
I drive it because I have a long commute to work and need a car that is fun to drive.
Are you a real passionate for Alfa Romeo?
so I get more passionate about the cars and brand with every journey.
What or how started your passion for Alfa Romeo and…
… do you think its fundamental to own one to have the passion?
Just recently bought my Alfa, I saw it in the local Autotrader, fell in love with the styling and it was love at first “Fleech” (Northern Ireland term for a spirited test drive)
I don’t think it’s essential to have a car to be passionate about it. I LOVE Mk 2 Ford Escorts but have never owned one…. It still doesn’t stop me going weak at the kness every time I see one!
What do you like most about Alfas?
They handle so well, I am finding myself looking for roads with loads of corners and the cars are very stylish, there are loads of little touches that you only notice as you live with the car for a while. Theres also the head turning effect that they have on people. The first night I had mine, a guy stared at it so long as I drove past that he steered his bike into a tree!
What do you like least about Alfas?
The ribbing I get from my mates about the reputation Alfas have for being unreliable
What would be your dream cars?
155 DTM (Martini colours)
Mark 2 Ford Escort.
What car would you least like to have?
Vauxhall Astra / Opel Kadette…… everybody without imagination has one, especially in silver.
For you, what’s the most popular thread on AO?
As I’ve only recently got my Alfa, I’m spending a lot of time in the 145 lounge, just to get a feel for what might be ahead for me.
I also like the “Introduce yourself” section.
What would be your ideal drive in an Alfa (destination, passenger, driving music, etc)?
There is a brilliant road from Belfast all along the coast to Portrush, it’s quite a challenging drive but also with loads of really nice places to stop and take in the views or have a picnic, so that would be the ideal road. Ideal passenger (Apart from my other half) would be David Hyde Pierce (Niles from Frasier) and the music would be anything by Handel.
Any humorous Alfa or car-related stories you wish to share with us?
Not yet, but give me some time.
What interests do you have outside of Alfas?
My husband and family, the outdoors, motorsports and good single Malt Scotch.
Tell us something nobody knows about you. (e.g. special skill, ever been on TV, etc)
I once had 2 pet lambs, one called Lamb Chop, the other was called Mint Sauce. (I was brought up on a farm where we raised our own dinners!!)
What do you like most about Alfaowner forum? Any favourite threads, episodes or posts you wish to share?
There's such a wide variety of people and there is a real feeling of community.
Does being a woman among so many men affects the way you express your opinions about cars?
Nope, I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy so talking about cars comes naturally. Also, my husband is a bit of a petrolhead so if I didn’t take an interest in cars and motorsport in general, we’d never have a conversation!