FROM petrolhead to prime-time presenter, Horndean business woman and racing driver Rebecca Jackson can now add television host to her CV.
Rebecca will show off her knowledge of the used car market in a new ITV motoring show, I Want That Car, which airs tonight for the first time.
In 2007, the 31-year-old started her own used car business with £300 and a Vauxhall Cavalier. Now she is turning over £1m a year selling second-hand luxury vehicles.
Her Berkshire business currently has Range Rovers, a Rolls Royce and Jaguar X Type on its books.
‘I would say that Jeremy Clarkson and myself are very different,’ Rebecca said, asked if she could see any similarities between herself and the controversial Top Gear host.
‘Jeremy is not a racing driver for starters, but I do find him very amusing.’
Rebecca’s new show, which she co-hosts with motoring journalist Mat Watson, is ‘fun’ but at the same time ‘seriously helpful’ for anyone looking to buy a used car.
‘How the show works,’ she explained, ‘is we have two buyers each week. There is a bargain buyer and another. We show them three cars, test drive two, and each buys one at the end.’
Rebecca also has the chance to take other cars out on a test drive, doing ‘all the stunts’ herself.
‘It is a mixed age range and predominantly aimed at people who are keen on their cars,’ she said.
‘There are little snippets of me doing track driving and giving people some facts and details about various cars.’
Rebecca said she and colleague Mat were spotted by the production company of the new show as they both review new cars online using YouTube.
‘We have 50m hits in the group so it was fairly easy for them to find me and what I do,’ she said.
‘They found the videos that I have done and liked what they saw.
‘I have been running my own used car business since 2007. With my experience with cars and Mat has been in the field for years, we can find them the best car for their money.’
Rebecca landed her racing licence in 2011 and was on the podium five times in her first year of competitive racing driving.
She said: ‘I have had several wins and that has put me in good stead for the television programme. Not only did they want me for my ability but also my abilities.’
The first of the 10-part series will be broadcast on ITV4 at 9pm tonight.