LUXE LAPS: STEVEN STIPETIC

Steven Stipetic, 51, is owner of bathroom design business Hobson Interiors with showrooms in in Darlington, Burnopfield and Westerhope. The dad-of-three lives in Lamesley with wife Karen.
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CHILDHOOD CAR CRUSH >>

I actually didn’t have one  – I wanted to be a lorry driver when I was little, it’s quite funny looking back now. If I had to pick it would have been the Aston Martin but now my car crush is a Bentley, that’s my next dream car!

WHAT’S IN THE GARAGE NOW >>

The Aston Martin Vantage. I always wanted one and I never ever thought I would actually get one, when it came to choosing one I didn’t even mind which one I got, it didn’t matter if it was a Vanquish or a DB9, I just wanted it to be an Aston Martin. It is an iconic car to have!

I’ve had it for three years and have changed the colour a couple times with wraps, but I love the way it is now. My wife Karen doesn’t like it, she says you can’t fit any shopping in the boot and it’s really low down!

I also have a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé in black and the same car for Karen in white, his and hers! It’s automatic, nine-speed gear box and really comfortable; it drives really smoothly and is a bit more practical than the Aston.

My son Liam has got himself a Mercedes-Benz too.

CAPTAIN SLOW OR JEREMY >>

Definitely like Jeremy! Fast, but only when I’m on my own. My youngest daughter Kate doesn’t like me taking her to school in the Aston Martin though, she gets embarrassed! She doesn’t mind the Mercedes, I think it is a little more discreet.

WHO SHOULD PRESENT TOP GEAR >>

Clarkson 100%, without a doubt!

TRACKS OF YOUR TYRES >>

I like a bit of everything and anything but it depends on how I’m feeling if I fancy something a bit upbeat or chilled out. I love Prince’s Purple Rain and the BeeGees. Sometimes I slip some Neil Diamond. Summer Nights is my ultimate favourite though, it was the first record I ever bought with the money I made from selling tatties!

DREAM ROAD TRIP >>

I said to Karen a few weeks back, I would love to throw the bags in the boot of the car and travel all the way through France and see places off the beaten track all the way down to Cannes, to the Riviera and to Italy. I would love to do something like that with no time limit and stay in lovely hotels on the way.

WHO WITH >>

My wife Karen!

WHAT’S IN THE GLOVE BOX >>

I always have about two, three pairs of sunglasses in there; my favourite are Hugo Boss at the moment. They have to be good ones, I never had anything growing up so now I can afford things I like to treat myself to everything I like now. I’ve gone from one extreme to the other but I have worked really hard for everything I have.

HOW CLEAN IS YOUR CAR >>

Very clean, the valet comes to the the factory every Friday. Karen bought me a Karcher device one Christmas and I hadn’t had the Aston Martin very long. One Sunday morning, I reluctantly thought I would give it a clean so I was scrubbing it with the brush and all the foam and realised while doing one side it was actually scratching it! I had to go get it all polished out. So yeah, the valet comes every Friday now.


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