Welcome to the newest edition of Ask a Gearhead, our Q&A series with enthusiasts and personalities in the automotive space. Last time we spoke with NASCAR driver Julia Landauer, and today we are very pleased to feature Tom Exton!
Tom, who sometimes goes by his initials TGE, makes videos about his life adventures and all the things that come with them — fitness, cars, and watches. Years ago he founded a fitness company with his brother, which has done very well (“though we still don’t know what we’re doing”), and the company’s success has allowed Tom to amass an enviable and rotating collection of exclusive supercars. His garage currently includes things like a Ferrari 488 Pista, Ferrari F12, and Aston Martin Vantage AMR — toys that encourage a healthy amount of shenanigans.
Recently, Tom test drove a Tesla Model X and a Range Rover through Turo to decide which one he’d get for his next daily driver. Watch the video to find out which car he chose while shopping for his new puppy. You can join his hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram, and subscribe to his YouTube channel for steady doses of hijinks and horsepower.
What was your family car growing up?
It was a Fiat… some Fiat estate car. It was crap. My parents didn’t have loads of money so it was very basic.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever driven?
I bought a 1966 Porsche recently. Little did I know that it wasn’t actually road-worthy when I bought it. I drove it three hours down the motorway and by the end the wheel was nearly falling off because the suspension was completely gone. And apparently the floor was rusting through as well.
If you could own just one car for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Ferrari F12. No thought needed on that one. I got my F12 earlier this year, but it’s actually the second one I’ve had. After I sold my first one, I missed it so bad that I went out and bought this one!
Favorite road trip?
I drove to Le Mans in 2017 with Ferrari. They put me in a GTC4Lusso, and took me to the 24 hours of Le Mans. They trusted me with one of their cars, which was really nice of them!
What’s in your Netflix queue right now?
Do you know what — I don’t watch Netflix, I don’t watch TV, I don’t watch YouTube, I don’t even listen to the radio. Frankly I have no interest in anything other than working on my own stuff. That’s probably a bit odd isn’t it? I don’t — and I say this regretfully — I don’t actually have any time at all to watch new shows. I’ve got to pay for the cars… the end of the month gets quite aggressive.
You’re directing Fast & Furious 9, what’s the hero car?
I’m really biased, but Ferrari 488 Pista. It’s probably not in keeping with the series, but I love mine. It’s a really good piece of kit. Ferrari are really careful about how their brand gets used, so they wouldn’t authorize it in the movie though. You never see Ferrari in anything really.
What would be the best animal to ride if it were scaled up to the size of a horse?
Goats. Yeah goats are carnage, they jump on everything. You’d have to hold on pretty tight because they’re bananas. And they can just climb up anything, I think it would be quite fun. Dangerous, but a laugh.
What activity are you excited to be able to do in a car when self-drivers arrive?
We’ll keep it PG. Use my phone, because of course I don’t do that whilst driving. Probably edit some videos. Boring stuff.
Who would play you in the biopic of your life? And what is it called?
Easy — my twin brother. He’s not really an actor but we could just fill him in. Nobody would notice the difference. And for the name… it really wouldn’t be an interesting film. Considering my financial situation right now, it’d be called “Debt.”
If you had an ice cream truck, what song would you play from the speaker?
Something really aggressive. Giggs — I’d throw that on and see what happens.
What’s the last car you rented, on any platform anywhere?
The last one was a green Range Rover Vogue from Turo. I test drove it in my last video and really enjoyed it.