Nowhereman Brewing’s Reece Wheadon serves up a tasty craft beer at his West Leederville brew-pub, which is so central he doesn’t need a car; he finds he can go anywhere on his nifty Piaggio Zip 50 scooter.
What are you driving and why did you buy it?
I’m mostly getting around on a Piaggio Zip 50 scooter. About 10 years ago my wife and I lived in the city and our apartment didn’t have a parking bay, so when I needed an easy way to get around, I got the scooter. My work commute is about 4km, so the scooter still does the job. It’s helped me move house plus gets to work, sport, the pub and more.
What’s your Dream Car?
A Dodge Challenger EV. The current model is just great to look at, but the engine is too old and overdue for replacement. Dodge has said the next big refresh will have a level of electrification — and that’s exciting. I love the idea of melding old and new and think how epic a car like that would be with a high-end electric motor.
What was your first car?
A late 1970s top-of-the-line Chrysler Sigma SE with bright gold paint, red trim and an engine in bad need of repair. I got it from my grandfather and it was great for getting me to and from work, but finishing at 1am I was always worried it would get picked up because the engine blew a lot of smoke. I sadly only had it a year before the lure of a VT Series II Commodore became overwhelming, versus getting a full engine rebuild. I miss that Sigma, it was beautiful and the rear seat reclined. If you’re reading this and have it, come past the brewery some time.
What annoys you most about other motorists?
Speeding in residential back streets and busy entertainment strips. Every now and then I’ll be walking through the neighbourhood and someone will be doing 70-plus on a tiny residential street, If I’m allowed to name and shame brands, they’re almost always in a Mercedes or an Audi.
What’s your favourite driving music?
Triple J, because I love the diversity of radio and a bit of banter. But when I’m on a road trip it’s usually a bunch of WA. Jebediah gets a high rotation and Slightly Odway is an album that has always been played in my cars. Great to play them alongside Eskimo Joe, Snowman, The Triffids and Pendulum.