I’d rather talk about bikes than boats. I’ve been riding motorcycles since 1965. The bikes have included a 250cc BSA C15 that taught me about mechanical breakdowns, a 650cc Matchless that almost killed me at the age of 19, various reliable Hondas and Yamahas in the 70s and 80s, a Kawasaki GPZ1100 whose performance you simply couldn’t ignore, a 1979 Triumph Bonneville T140 and the star of Good Vibrations (see Books) a Harley Davidson Soft-tail called Black Madonna. I’m now astride a Yamaha FJR. It’s a beast of a bike, but I often ride the hour and a half to London on it. It’s big enough for me (I’m 6ft 6in), keeps me dry and with heated grips I don’t feel much pain in winter.
I’m a real petrol head and I recently acquired ‘Reggie’ , a 1949 Bentley, to do a bit of land cruising. We’ve driven him to Scotland and had an epic ’spin’ down to Italy with a blown head gasket. He’s also officiated at weddings and proms. I think you’ll agree he’s very handsome.