Final Word with Jonathon Webb
As the son of Tekno Autosport’s founder, Stephen Webb, Jonathon was always destined for the track. Behind the wheel of the family business as both professional racing driver and team owner, Jonathon’s impressive list of titles includes the Bathurst 1000. Now he takes a minute out of his busy schedule to give us The Final Word …
GM: You are Aussie motorsport royalty – did you always know you’d end up following in your father’s footsteps?
JW: I always knew from a young age that my life would somehow revolve around cars, but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever race at the top level of Australian motorsport, let alone be the winner of both the Bathurst 1000 and the Bathurst 12 Hour.
GM: You have a gorgeous little boy, Judd. Is he showing any signs of continuing the family motorsport traditions?
JW: I’ve had it in the back of my head from the moment I knew I was having a son that I would not push him in to motorsport, but already at the age of three that is all he talks about. He wakes up every morning either wanting to watch race cars, play race car games or wants to go to the race track, and at night his Mum needs to sing him race car songs before bed.
GM: If you weren’t racing cars and running Tekno Autosports, what would you be doing?
JW: I’ve never thought about much of a life without race cars but I’m sure whatever else I was doing would involve cars in some way, shape or form.
GM: We don’t see many professional female motorsport drivers – would you like more young girls being encouraged to give it a go?
JW: Motorsport has always been a heavily male-dominated sport, but the few females that have been involved always put on a good performance and it would be great to see more in the future.
GM: What would your advice be to any youngsters wanting to become a professional motorsport racer?
JW: Any professional sport is about hard work and commitment and motorsport is no different. The best way is to start from the bottom with something like go-karting and work your way up through the ranks.
GM: Name three songs you’d play in the car on a road trip.
JW: Pretty much anything old or new R&B.
GM: What kind of car do you drive off the track?
JW: A TEKNO Performance Holden Commodore SS.
GM: We know you’re a huge fan of Zarraffa’s – how many times a week would say you visit one of our stores?
JW: I’d never been much of a coffee drinker, but since a friend of mine introduced me to Zarraffa’s, I’d say I would visit nearly every day of the week.
It’s one of the things I miss the most when travelling interstate!
GM: What’s your favourite food item on the Zarraffa’s menu?
JW: It’s hard to go past the Zarraffa’s raisin toast with butter.
GM: And last but not least, how do you take your coffee?
JW: As a kid I always loved a good chocolate milkshake, so the combination of coffee and chocolate in a Mocha Fusion is my pick.