Meet The DriveTriber - Jan Zamojski
A new funny interview!
Meet the Drivetriber is back with a new interview, but before to start with the questions, a short explanation about this series. As you must know by now, this is a series of interview with the purpose to know a little better all the amazing people who are part of the Drivetribe community, anyone can be part of this project, you can find instructions here.
Today I'm going to ask some questions to Jan Zamojski, Drivetriber and Foodtriber. Jan is a passionate petrolhead. You can find more about him also on Foodtribe to have a look at the delicious food he cooks and to his website, where he shares photos from car museums and events.
Petrolhead from Germany. Feel welcome to check out my website with pictures from car museums and events
Where are you from?
I'm from Mönchengladbach in Germany, this is halfway between Düsseldorf and the Dutch border.
What do you do?
I'm a freelance IT contractor.
How did you join Drivetribe?
I must have seen the announcement somewhere, don't remember where, and I thought, I'd give it a try. The rest is history 😊
What started your passion for cars?
I was born with it. Even as a small kid I could recognize all the cars in the street, nobody ever taught me that.
What's your daily drive?
It depends on the season. In Germany you can have number plates, which are valid during only a part of the year and you pay taxes and insurance only for that fraction of the whole year, so it's easy to have, say, a summer car and a winter car. My summer car is a Porsche Boxster and my winter car is a Dacia Duster. Additionally, I also have a Smart Roadster, which, truth be told, is my usual daily driver in summer.
What's your favourite classic car?
I've got many, the Fiat 850 Coupé, the Citroen DS, the Mercedes Pagoda and many more but if I absolutely has to choose, it would be the Jaguar Mk II, porn on wheels 😊
What's your favourite modern car?
The Chevrolet Corvette C6.
What do you think of EV?
Theoretically, EV are a good idea. The technology is much simpler than ICE, there is less maintenance, the acceleration is mind-blowing. However, I think we're not there yet in terms of both the energy density of the batteries and the charging infrastructure. Hydrogen could be a solution but I can't really judge that. By comparison, I'd say that EV are now at the same stage, at which mobile phones were, when they were still the size and the weight of a brick.
Automatic or manual gearbox?
Depends on the car, automatic if big and luxurious, manual if small and sporty.
What's your dream road-trip?
In Europe: Amalfi coast, elsewhere: Route 66 or somewhere else across the US and Canada.
Awesome choice, Amalfi coast is stunning!
Photo by silvia trigo on Unsplash
What is a funny thing happened to you in a car?
Many decades ago I had a Renault 16 TX. Among other things it had power front windows, which wasn't a very common feature back then. One day I was crossing the German-German border, Germany wasn't one at that time. The communist border patrol asked for my passport, looked inside my car and apparently noticed that there weren't any window cranks. He probably suspected someting sinister, so, in a grave voice, he asked me to lower the window. I pressed the button and it went down. The expression on this guy's face was priceless, he has never seen anything like it before 😁 Luckily, he let me go 😉
What is a song that you enjoy to listen while driving?
It depends on my mood and the traffic situation. In a traffic jam I like classical music because it calms me down. Otherwise, it's something more lively, e.g. Level 42.
What are your hobbies?
Cooking, cycling, visiting car museums, live music, reading.
Are you a Motorsport fan?
No, not really. I do admire rally drivers though, I think they are the most skilled drivers out there.
Who is your favourite racing driver?
Has to be Walter Röhrl.
What's your favourite tribe?
Car Stories and Classics
Are you a Fan of Clarkson, Hammond and May?
I wouldn't be here otherwise 😉 Once I even saw Top Gear Live in Amsterdam, lots of fun!
What's your favourite Top Gear/Grand Tour moment?
I always loved the news/Conversation Street, which is sadly gone now.
What do you think of Drivetribe?
I love how it started rather slowly and now developed into a huge community with all kinds of subjects and lots of friendly people from all over the world.
Thanks for reading!
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