It’s no secret that fame gives you a lot – including free cars.
Usually, I get annoyed when I see celebrities plastering their social media channels with fancy motives given to them by PR makers.
While the rest of us have to pay monthly from our hard earned money.
But this is a TV character who, in my opinion, deserves it.
I talked to Jay Blades from TV’s The Repair Shop because he’s currently partnering with Volvo.
But he’s a long way from being here for the free.
Number one. Jay really loved Volvo and owned a 240 at the time.
Two. When DFS asked him to design a series of sofas for them, he hit them back. His reply was: “You’re not cool enough.”
He has a chance to land a big paycheck but he is thinking of other people.
Jay said, “I’m going to tell you a story, Rob. Check this out. It has nothing to do with cars, but this is who I am.
“DFS came to me. They took me to the factory, gave me tours, sat me down to lunch and said, ‘We’d love to chat with you about some of your designs. We want to put some things in a ‘store’.
Most interesting person on BBC
“I thought about that for five seconds, and I turned around and said to all these moderators, ‘You guys aren’t cool enough for me.
“They could have put millions of dollars into my bank account. I said, ‘The only way I can work with someone who isn’t stylish is if I design something, you make it, and we give it all away to charity.
“I don’t want to sell nothing because that would make me feel uncomfortable.” “
That’s right, if you’ve ever voiced a DFS sale, we’d know something was amiss. . .
“You’ll never hear that, man,” Jay said. I assure you. At least my kids can see, and most of my followers will know, Jay is an honest guy. If he doesn’t like a brand, he won’t talk about it.
“On the other hand, Volvo, when they knocked on my door, I was there. They don’t even need to knock. It was opened. That’s how great they are.
“Look at me, Rob. Oh my God. You think I’m driving around in some damn cars? F***ing Volvo! ”
Jay rented an XC60 before going to bed with Volvo. Nice engine. His current loaner is an XC90 plug-in hybrid. Also, good engine.
“But after trying out a C40, he is considering switching to pure electric.
Volvo also created a heritage 240 for our photo session – similar to the one he used to own.
Jay said: “I was in my element. They were like, ‘Into it, in it.’ I said, ‘No, man. You have to enjoy this moment. Let me just look at this’. All lines, everything above 240, it is to die for. I know people go looking for Ferraris how about you, but, no, it’s a bloody 240. Look at the coolest person on BBC. Who is that? Luther. What car does he drive? 240. Well, stop talking.
“The XC60 was my first little reward for myself, like, ‘Okay, let’s get myself a decent car’. I could have anything, but I chose a Volvo. They are not joking. You want something safe for your kids, you know what I mean? Nothing will happen to us in this. And then they gave me the X90”.
Tell us about the C40?
“Let me tell you one thing, I want one. That is gorgeous. You can talk to it. You can do all kinds of things with it.
“You’re sitting there, and you’re like, ‘I’m not doing any harm to the environment’. Wait, man, ‘I don’t harm the environment?’ OH. And it’s very comfortable.
‘Protect this planet’
“When you look at the interior of a car, it’s like a house.
“It has to look decent – otherwise you won’t like it there. I’m sorry to say this is all-electric, but it’s better than the 90 I got. It’s much better. It’s delicious.
“Personally, I think electric cars are the way forward. I’m all about sustainability, whether I’m on programs or even in my own business.
“We have to make sure we protect this planet for those who aren’t here yet. So it’s your descendants, and Volvo is at the vanguard of all of that. They are doing it. ”
Here’s an idea for you, Jay: Ask Volvo to convert an Eighties 240 into an EV – and do you have some love for the upholstery?
“You already made me smile, man. Come on.
“Now I’ll take the 240 and I’ll plug it in.” The last question. Have you thought about recycling old auto parts to make furniture?
“My vision for the future is to see trash in a completely different light, seeing it as something precious.
“You can have a garden seat made out of a car seat. Come on. Everything can be recycled. Let’s have it. I know someone who turned a car into a table.
“It’s almost as if he’s sitting in the car, but he’s not, he’s sitting at his desk.
“He said, ‘I want to feel like I’m driving, that I’m pushing my business forward. I think that’s a nice touch, man. ”
And so is a free Volvo.
Jay’s car CV
‘My first car was a Mini. It cost me £50. I painted it gray with metal railing paint. I tell you what, it’s not too bad unless you stand up well and close.
Then I grew up and got a Volvo 240. It was black, with a blue velvet interior. It’s gorgeous, man, absolutely gorgeous.
I bought it from an old boy on the corner. I used to admire it because my stepfather had one.
The old boy always polishes it but you’ll never see him drive it. So I told him, “I’ve never seen you drive this car” and he said, “No, I can’t because my eyesight is lost.”
I joked with him, “Whenever you’re ready, I’ll buy it for you.” And he said, “What? Really? You want this neck-smasher?” I said, “It’s not an old blaster, man. As far as I’m concerned it’s a classic story. ”
He sold it to me on the condition that I drive him out from time to time. Are you real?
So I used to take him out. It is just nice. Please do something for the old man because he arranged me.
And then I have a Renault 21 Turbo. If you know about the Renault 21, it’s not a Ferrari but, amazingly, it has some G-forces in it.
Then I had a Ford Focus when it first came out.
The Old Bill stopped me and said, “Don’t worry, we won’t arrest you. We just wanted to look at the car because I was thinking of buying one of these.”
I had trouble after that. People just let me borrow cars. So I really didn’t have one until recently when I got a Volvo XC60 on lease. That was my first little reward for myself. ‘
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8496686/repair-shop-jay-blades-says-volvo-has-coolest-cars/ Repair Shop host Jay Blades on why Volvo will always be great