Actor Rodger Corser.
Actor Rodger Corser.

Rodger Corser living the Hyundai High-lander life

IT SEEMS Rodger Corser loves a role he can sink his teeth into.

Playing a dentist on Puberty Blues, we found out he not only has an extensive acting career but also a rich motoring past.

What was your first car?

A 1972, canary yellow, Mazda Capella, automatic. Originally my grandmother's, unfortunately she didn't get the rotary. From memory it was 1.6-litre, four-cylinder. Got me through uni and could even fit my guitar amp in the boot. Ended up at the wreckers after a bingle...not my fault of course.

What are you driving now?

I'm driving a Hyundai Sante Fe Highlander, diesel. Great mileage with the diesel and it's perfect size for the family and even a niece or nephew or two when you fold up the sixth and seventh seats.

What cars did your family have while you were growing up?

Dad got a car with work so he'd change them every three or four years.

The earliest car I can remember was a green HZ 5.0-litre Premier, then a silver XD Fairmont Ghia, which was only the 4.1-litre. Mum thought there was something wrong with it when she first drove it up a hill, until dad explained that six cylinders don't go like eight.

Then mum got a blue 250ci XB Falcon 500 with a front bench seat, before inheriting the XD. Dad then had a couple of XF Fairmont Ghias, a white one and a maroon one, which was nicked off the front lawn and found later at a nearby train station (they'd taken the Ghia mags and replace them with 12 slotters, idiots!). Then in the '90s he had a white EF Falcon, which mum still drives now. I think it's about time I upgraded them to a Hyundai.

What is your greatest frustration on the road?

Morning and evening peak hour, I try to avoid them at all costs. That's the great thing about the early starts in my industry, it's a cruisy ride at 6am.

Do you have any preferred driving music?

Probably the music of Justine Clarke, we have all her albums. It's the only kids music we've found that won't send parents batty after multiple (and I mean multiple) plays.

If you were to pick anyone in the world to go on a road trip, who would it be?

My wife Renae and I drove from Rome to Venice via Florence and the Cinque Terre, on our honeymoon. Without a map! Way to test a new marriage, hey?

But it was pretty amazing, I'd love to do it again, with her and the kids. Why would you go with some famous person that's a stranger?

What is your dream car?

I had an old 1966 XR Falcon, before my youngest two children were born, and I fell in love with that model, not the XP, not the XY but the XR. I'd love a gold GT one day, I wonder if I could get that one past the boss?

Rodger Corser is a Hyundai ambassador.


Who: Rodger Corser.

Born: February 28, 1973.

Resume: He is best known for his portrayal of Detective Senior Sergeant Steve Owen in the crime mini-series Underbelly, but is also a talented singer and has featured in several musicals, along with film and television series over the years.

See him: As Ferris Hennessy in Puberty Blues, Wednesdays, 7.30pm on Channel 10.

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