2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

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Owner: Mary-Jane Thomas
From: Invercargill
When  and why did you buy it? I got it about five years ago because I liked the colour and it can pull my dad’s horse float
Have you altered it in any way? [I added] the stickers on the side. I paddle in a waka with a whole lot of ‘‘Ngai Tahu princesses’’ and the odd Cook Islander and they nicknamed the car ‘‘pimp my waka’’ — hence the stickers
Where’s your favourite stretch of road (or road trip)? Colac Bay to Riverton
Top speed? Couldn’t possibly say Worst driving experience? When I wrote off my first car, a Dodge Colt GT, in the snow on the back road from Mataura
What other vehicles of note have you owned? The only other car I have really loved was a bright blue baby Nissan Skyline GT-R Godzilla. It had a racing wheel and pedals and I got to know the ‘‘boy racers’’ in town as they were always asking to look under the bonnet. In a grown-up moment I bought a Santa Fe which was a great car
Best music to drive to? Eminem
Describe your driving style: Confident enough on the open road, easily frazzled in town
Do you belong to any clubs? No
Photos: Paula McKeown
Transmission: 5 speed automatic
Engine: 4.0 Litre V6 output 178 kw @ 377N.m
Colour: Blue
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