Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Lance' Was a Cut Above

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Lance' Was a Cut Above

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SHE was fast and accurate on the netball court, unfortunately former Australian netball captain Sharelle McMahon can't say the same about her motoring past.

What was your first car?

My first car was a brown Mitsubishi Lancer. It was a little four-door which I wouldn't say my mechanic mate "hotted up", but he certainly did some work to give the engine a bit more go that it originally had! "Lance" and I shared many hours on the road together, mostly driving home to Bamawm from Melbourne.

In the end it didn't have the highest level of security given that I could not only unlock the door with a pair of scissors, but also turn the ignition and start the car using scissors as well. Handy for lost keys though! I decided to upgrade fairly quickly and had a scrap metal place come and collect the car from the driveway. I was happy that I didn't have to pay for that privilege.

What are you driving now and what do you love and hate about it?

I am driving a charcoal Holden Captiva 5. I love the reversing sensors and simply would not be able to drive without them.

I hate that it's not a compact, little car like the Astra or Cruze that I used to drive. I loved zipping around the city and squeezing into and out of tight spots. The extra space that the Captiva has though makes it so much easier to fit in all the stuff I have to carry for my one-year-old son Xavier.

What cars did your family have while you were growing up?

We had a number of different cars when I was growing up. The most memorable were:

Blue Ford Falcon. I was quite young when we had it, but it seemed huge. I still have a scar on the top of my left foot from when I fell off the boot and onto the tow bar. Sadly this car was written off when mum and dad rolled it in loose gravel on a country Victorian road.

Chocolate brown Chrysler Valiant Slant 6. I remember taking long rides in the back with my brother and sister. It also met a slightly grizzly end when, after recovering from my cousin "filling it up with petrol" (read: sticking the garden hose in the tank and filling it up), it was stolen while we were visiting Sea Lake, never to be seen again. …

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