You’ve likely seen him tearing up the racetrack at up to 300km/hour in a new look Ford Mustang Supercar, or even taking to the podium afterwards, but when he steps off the track, Fabian Coulthard is just like any other dad.
We sat down with him to talk family, fatherhood and what life looks like when he leaves the cockpit of his Supercar and comes home to his fiance, Bec, 22-month-old twins, Mackenzie and Carter, and his two adorable French Bulldogs.
Take us back to the moment you first became a dad. What do you remember?
I distinctly remember thinking how small the they were when they were born. So tiny! And hearing their first cry.
Did you have any big fears or concerns before having children? Did they come true?
No real fears, just apprehension of how different life would be having twins.
What is your favourite way to bond with your kids?
To make them laugh. It’s the best!
If you could pick one superpower to help you with your daily ‘dad’-ly duties, what would it be and why?
To have eyes in the back of my head. Ones always off doing one thing while the other is somewhere completely different.
When you’re at home, what is your favourite time of the day?
The morning. It is when I make my morning coffee and start the day off with giggles with the kids. Now they are getting bigger they can climb into our bed and enjoy a few snuggles together. It is very cute!
What is one thing your kids do that drives you absolutely crazy?
The brotherly, sisterly fights. Kids can be brutal!
Do you have any family traditions?
No, do you have any ideas…? I’m happy to start some new, fresh ones.
Describe a day in your home using a song title?
Something along the lines of organised chaos and some good times. A day at home is full of Emma Wiggle songs at the moment…
What do you like doing in your down-time?
To take off my helmet and play dad. Otherwise, getting out on the jet ski is always a good time.
What does date night with your partner look like?
These are very rare these days! We had a date this week actually – we went out to dinner and stayed in a hotel and had a nice kid-free time. Usually I am asleep on the couch by 9pm so Bec doesn’t get much of a date with me at home!
What skill or trait did you get from your parents that you hope to pass onto your kids?
My mum taught me to always stay positive and look at the brighter side of life. My dad taught me to always work hard, do your best and always be good to people.
What lessons do you hope your kids pass onto their own children that they’ve learned from you and your partner?
What matters most in life is and will always be family. If Bec and I can teach them to be good people with big hearts, I think we have done our job.
Watch Fabian race at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 (October 25-27). Tickets available at Ticketek.com.au.