Keith Chegwin

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KEITH Chegwin, 54, has spent more than three decades in showbusiness, appearing in Roman Polanski’s Macbeth, Robin Hood Junior, Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Cheggers Plays Pop.

Keith stars in Kill Keith, which is in cinemas from November 11.

WHAT DO YOU DRIVE?

A Hyundai Sante Fe, and I’ve just bought it.

I thought I’m doing so many miles up and down the country, so I decided to opt for something with fuel economy, and it’s turned up trumps. It’s carbon neutral, so it’s a much cleaner car than the one I had and I’m getting a lot more miles out of it.

In my BMW X5 I felt a little bit irresponsible; it was a gas guzzler, but I was so impressed with the Sante Fe I went out and bought my wife a Hyundai as well.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?

A Triumph TR7. I was 18 at the time and I got it when I was on Swap Shop to travel up and down the country, but the thing kept breaking down every week. That was my pride and joy.

WHAT WAS YOUR BEST/WORST CAR? The best is the old BMWs because they’re reliable; servicing’s great. Just good, solid cars.

The worst car I ever had was a Jaguar. I would never, ever touch it. And also a Range Rover, because everything kept going wrong with that. I was also very disappointed when I had an Aston Martin made for me, because it kept breaking down. All the laquer kept coming off the car. I’d just paid £77 grand for a car and it kept falling apart.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM CAR?

If they produced an electric car that could do a minimum of a thousand miles when you press that pedal I’d use it. I’m not one of those environmentally pushy people, but if we all do just a little bit it might help.

DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE A GOOD DRIVER?

A fairly good driver. I’m impatient I have to admit, but that’s been installed in me from my dad: “You’re number one on the road,” though not in an aggressive way.

WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS KEEP IN YOUR GLOVE BOX?

Gloves. Any time I’ve had a flat tyre I’m fed up of my fingernails looking filthy. Also when it’s cold if you have to go out and walk somewhere and your car’s broken down, a handy pair of gloves and a good hat.

WHAT DRIVES YOU MAD BEHIND THE WHEEL?

People texting and secretly trying to make phone calls. Oh my God! I always beep them and say “Get off the phone!” How dangerous is that?

WHAT'S THE BEST MUSIC TO DRIVE TO?

None. When I put music on I get so distracted so I don’t do it in the car. If I do it will be Chris Moyles in the morning and then Steve Wright in the afternoon, otherwise I put Radio 4 on.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A CRASH?

I did do a full spin on the motorway once in my TR7 and wound up looking the other way round, and I didn’t know what to do. Luckily I was on the hard shoulder because it had spun me that far, but the police came and turned me around and I was on my merry way.

WHAT'S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE IN A CAR?

Being a passenger with a Fairy liquid bottle full of water going down Oxford Street spraying it through the sun roof at passers by just for fun.

WHO CLEANS YOUR CAR, AND HOW OFTEN?

Me, but my wife is better at it and she insists she does it, so I suppose most of the time it’s the Mrs.

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