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roads to remember

My Favourite Drive: Chris Pratt on racing past Cavan's lakes with his two boys

‘You feel as if the world has just gone numb for a minute’

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Journeys, even everyday ones, can mean a lot. Chris Pratt is Dealer Principal of Spirit Ford. As someone with a passion for motoring, Chris told about the drive that means the most to him.

First up, describe the drive.

Recently enough, I took my two small boys up the windy roads of Cavan in a brand new Focus RS. They are aged four and six and they are both mad into their cars. It would have been back around February and we were driving from Sandyford to Killashandra where I’m from.

I had my two boys in the back of the car. The car has 350 horsepower and the two lads were saying to let it rip. That would be my favourite memory, just dodging the potholes and doing a nice bit of racing. The boys love the noise of the car. When you change gear you can hear the pop of the rear exhaust and they were saying, “Daddy, do that again!”. It’s definitely the best driving experience I’ve ever had.

Just past Virginia, you hit country back lanes. Here we were pulling around corners at a bit of pace, just gliding around them. Cavan would be famous for being the location of stages for Rally Ireland so it’s full of car enthusiasts who heard the noise of it going around corners, while the boys were screaming, “Go faster Daddy, go faster!”

Is there a view along the way that sums it all up for you?

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Cavan is famous for having a lake for every single day of the year – there are 365 lakes in the county. Driving past Virginia, you have a beautiful lake to your left. There’s beautiful scenery and you feel like you haven’t a care in the world. It was a lovely Saturday February evening and the weather was fabulous. You eventually approach Killykeen forest and have trees either side of you and it’s just gorgeous.

What makes the drive so special?

I think you feel as if  the world has just gone numb for a minute. You’re just driving through these roads and you could be in Sweden it’s so different. They are narrow roads but they give you a sense of security in some ways. The scenery is fabulous, even if you obviously need to try to dodge through a few potholes here and there.

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