series of the motoring magazine, featuring test-drives and profiles.
Mike Brewer and Mike Rutherford pit the Range Rover Sport and Porsche
Cayenne against each other, before explaining how to adapt car stereos
to play MP3 tracks. Plus, a preview of the latest soft-road model from
you think your car is just for getting you from a to b, think again. A
new report conducted by Teletext Cars reveals that a third of UK drivers
believe the right model of car has the ability to make the owner more
what’s more, an astonishing 15% of respondents have been put off
someone simply by the car they drive. According
to the survey, the top five cars guaranteed to give a driver the most
sex appeal are:
sporty models, e.g. Jaguar E-type: 45%
High performance cars, e.g. Porsche 911: 39%
Vintage cars, e.g. Rolls Royce Silver Ghost: 16%
Company directors’ cars, e.g. Jaguar XJ: 12%
Cult cars, e.g. Beetle: 12%
The top five cars guaranteed to give a driver the most sex appeal are:
'Sport' car, e.g. Jaguar E-type (45%)
'High performance' car, e.g. Porsche 911 (39%)
'Vintage' car, e.g. Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (16%)
'Statesman's' car, e.g. Jaguar XJ (12%)
'Cult' car, e.g. Beetle, Spitfire (12%)
The car with the least sex appeal is the people carrier, although
strangely 1% did think it was the sexiest car available!
It seems that UK drivers have been up to a lot more than just driving in
their cars. The report reveals that 42% of us think a quiet country lane
is the best place for ‘getting frisky on the back seat’, followed
closely by dense forests for shy types and lay-bys for real
7% have been so in the mood for love that they haven’t even waited to
get through the front door, instead seizing the moment in a car parked
in the driveway. The research shows that it’s men who prefer to be
amorous in a car - 72% compared to 59% of women.
ITV's Mike Brewer and Simon Sikorski from Teletext Cars join us live
online at www.webchats.tv
on Monday 18th July from 1400 - 1500 to talk about our changing
perceptions and attitudes towards our cars in the UK.
trader Mike Brewer has spent most of his 38 years selling thousands of
motor vehicles and is perhaps best known as the star of Channel 4's
second-hand car show Deals On Wheels and the top-rated motoring
2004 saw Mike present his first ITV show, Wrecks To Riches, where
his challenge was to start with £300 and end up with a new car that a
viewer at home could then win. Not only did Mike rise to the challenge
but with regular viewers double the average for it's slot and winning
the prestigious RTS Best Presenter Award Mike couldn't have been
happier with the show.
Mike has been seen presenting several specials for Channel 4 including Driven
at Le Mans. He also presented The British Rally Championships
for Channel 4 Sports at all the meetings around the country for the
third year running. 2004 was the last year that Channel 4 hosted these
meets but The Rally looks set to return on 2005 on another
The baby of six, Mike had a South London upbringing and eventually the
family settled down in Surrey where, during school holidays, you could
hear Mike shouting as he was selling fruit 'n' veg on a stall. Mike got
into the motor trade in his late teens and quickly built a reputation
for being sharp and honest. Mike set up and ran the biggest 4×4 centre
in the south of England importing cars from around the globe. Mike
embarked on his television career through pure luck. He answered a
friend's telephone and discovered he was talking to a television
producer. A long chat and a few anecdotes ensued and he was hired for
the first series of Deals On Wheels. His success in this role led
him into the presenter's position on Driven.
Last year Mike presented the final series of Driven for Channel 4
(over 100 episodes in total) but also branched out and recorded several
other programmes for the Discovery Channel.
Mike had so much fun fronting a series about celebrities and their
gadgets, called He's Gotta Have It, for Discovery channel that he
was thrilled when the second series was commissioned. Mike also
presented a new 10 part motoring series called Wheeler Dealers,
which had massive success. The second series of Wheeler Dealers
is currently airing on The Discovery Channel and the third series is
planned for 2005. The series has been so successful that a box set of
the shows is available on DVD in the shops and on various websites.
Mike has also had his own format commissioned. Called Remote Madness
it was shown on the Discovery Channel last year and has been sold to
several countries. It was great fun to make and was Mike's first pure
entertainment show that he hosted. The objective of the game show was a
simple race. Only the race was conducted by radio-controlled craft
racing each other over obstacles.
Mike was also thrilled to be asked to present Channel Four's flagship
programme about overcoming disability in Britain called Celebrity
Wheelchair Challenge. Mike oversaw Gaby Roslin, Tanya Strecker and
Sean Hughes to travel from Edinburgh to London in a wheelchair. This was
a pioneering show, which attracted huge ratings for Channel Four, and it
was a departure from the type of programme he normally presents.
Mike also branched out in 2004 co-hosting a property programme for ITV
called House Race Challenge. It involved the teams of punters
building their own new home in Birmingham City Centre in just 7 days!
Needless to say, it was one of the hardest jobs to oversee in
television, but also one of the most fun.
2005 looks like being a busy year for Mike with Wheeler Dealers
and The British Rally re-commissioned and various new projects in
Several other ventures, like www.wheelerdealer.com,
keep Mike on his toes because they put the motoring knowledge of Mike
Brewer within the public's reach together with Mike's weekly and monthly
columns for Esquire and Auto-Express.
Formula 1, computers and 'toys for boys' vie for a place in Brewer's
heart, and beside his passion for cars he is also a keen flyer of model
helicopters, for which he has won awards. He is the current holder of
the British 24hr endurance record. Mike is also a keen motor bike rider
and enthusiast and loves property development.
He lives in Oxford with his Wife Michelle, their daughter Chloe and
their two dogs.
Winner 2004 Royal Television Society (RTS) Award: Best
Deals on Wheels, 6 series for Channel 4 between, 1997 – 2002
Driven, 8 series for Channel 4 between, 1998 – 2003
Wrecks To Riches, 1 series for ITV. Winner of RTS Best Presenter,
British Rally Championship 4 seasons for Channel 4 2002 – 2004
Celebrity Wheelchair Challenge for Channel 4 2002
He's Gotta Have It, 2 series for Discovery Europe 2002 – 2003
Wheeler Dealers 2 series for Discovery Europe 2003 – 2004 (3rd
Series in 2005)
Remote Madness, 1 series for Discovery Europe 2002
Columnist Autoexpress 2000 – current
Columnist Esquire 2000 – current