Lifestyle

Barry Dubois is living with his inner hoon

RENOVATOR and builder Barry Dubois, who is the co-host of Channel Ten's the Living Room, revealed to us he's really a rev-head.

What's your current drive?

We were a one car family until the twins arrived eight months ago. That is an Audi A4 TDi Cabriolet which my wife loves.

Now we are a two-car family and the second is a Range Rover Vogue, it's a real family car but its one of the first cars I have ever really loved.

What do you love about your car?

Through my life I have enjoyed different things about my cars but the sound of a big engine really purring always tickles my fancy.

What was your first car and what happened to it?

Barry Dubois.
Barry Dubois. jason ierace

A 1973 model Valiant Galant in canary yellow - it was badly hail damaged but the right price for an apprentice carpenter to get to work. I will admit I was a hoon and I put little mags and fat tyres on it. I replaced the clutch in it myself four times because of all the wheelies before I handed it down to my younger brother when he started his apprenticeship. To this day I hate that gearbox oil smell.

During your childhood, what car did your family have?

Our first brand new car was a 1971 Holden Belmont sedan, it was the pride of our family. My mum insisted on the safest colour which was white, a wireless was an extra we couldn't afford.

We sang a lot of Simon and Garfunkel and Carpenters songs on long holiday journeys down the south coast.

We used to drive slowly through the towns so we could see our reflection in the shop windows.

A proud moment for our family was at the lights of one of those country towns a little boy my age said to his dad "Look at that brand new car it's so beautiful", none of us said anything but we all sat tall and proud in our seats that day.

What is your dream car and why?

My dream car isn't a car of the modern times, I could not afford as a young man. It's a 1976 Ford F100. When my son is older we will get one and it will be used for all our big adventures together. I hope to restore one and it will purr.

VITAL STATISTICS

Who: Barry Dubois.

Matter of fact: His building career spans more than 30 years, including a three-year posting as President of the Master Builders Association in the Eastern Suburbs. Dubois completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner in 1979, then in 1984 completed a Building Certificate and started a building company.

Current job: Co-host of The Living Room, which airs Fridays at 8.30pm on Ten and the new season is underway.

Topics:  cars news, motoring



Backpacker tax scrapped as changes bite on farmers

Rob Bauer of Bauer's Organic Farm. The farm has launched a paddock-to-plate online shop. Photo: LucyRC Photography

Region's farmers still unhappy with decision

Fernvale man wins $50,000 on a $4 scratchie

BIG WIN: A Fernvale man is living the dream after his scratch-it purchase paid off.

Winner in his 20s says he'll "spoil his daughter"

Get your special sports liftout in tomorrow's QT

It's a terrific record of achievement from so many dedicated players, teams and officials around Ipswich.

Grab your 16-page winners guide to Ipswich sport

Local Partners

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

'Baby' recreates famous Nirvana cover shot 25 years later

The baby from Nevermind album has recreated the iconic cover shot.

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.