By Shell on Sep. 29, 2019
Scott McLaughlin is doing pretty well on the car front. For the reigning Supercars champion, work is driving his new Shell V-Power Racing Ford Mustang GT. When it’s time to clock off, he has another (road-going) Mustang GT to play with. (And he isn't the only one: Shell gave customers the chance to win a new Ford Mustang GT customised by Scott earlier this year.) But where did it all start for the speedy 26-year-old Kiwi? Here, he casts his mind back.
Q: What sparked your interest in cars?
A: I was young, around five years old, watching Bathurst with my dad. That’s when it really started to tick over for me.
Q: Who did you follow as a child, Ford or Holden?
A: When I was growing up (and still now), I was a massive Greg Murphy fan. He was the best Kiwi driver in Supercars. He drove a Holden but the car he drove was less important to me than the driver. I would have supported him whatever he drove.
Q: You started karting at eight and raced your first Supercar at 16. When did you get your road licence?
A: I was 16, so I was still on my P-plates when I first turned professional in Supercars!
Q: What was your first car?
A: A Ford Falcon XR6.
Q: Did you have your eye on it for a while?
A: A long time – I really wanted a manual road car similar to my race car so I could practice my gear changing and clutch control.
Q: How much did it cost?
A: Dad and I went halves. I had to pay him back the other half before I moved out of home. I paid my dad NZ$25,000 before I moved out – you work out the rest!
Q: What did you love most about it?
A: It was manual, comfortable and had plenty of grunt for a young bloke.
Q: Did it ever let you down?
A: I burnt the clutch out doing practice starts at a racetrack one day.
Q: Do you still have it?
A: I sold it when I first moved to Melbourne for my first Supercars drive. I needed money and thankfully I had a company car waiting for me.