Cup-winning jockey Corey Brown is a horsepower expert
TWO-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Corey Brown knows plenty about horsepower.
Brown gets to pilot a Lexus LC500 coupe when he isn't on the track riding Australia's best thoroughbreds.
The big luxury cruiser, provided by Lexus Australia, packs a powerful V8 and that is exactly why Brown loves it. "The speed of the thing is amazing - and I deal with a lot of horsepower on a daily basis," he says.
"I was shocked by how comfortable it was. When I first saw the LC500 it was a bit daunting - it is such a big vehicle. But there is nothing like it. I've had a Maserati for a little bit before."
His love of fast cars is nothing new - Brown has always had the need for speed.
"I've loved cars ever since I was young. Anything with speed and adrenalin," he says.
It started with some classic Aussie muscle when he was a kid.
"We had a GT XA Falcon and from that time on I've always loved muscle cars," he says.
Since then, Brown has had a succession of sports cars in his driveway, starting with a Toyota Celica GT-Four - the Japanese brand's early-90s answer to the Subaru WRX.
From there he kept expanding his performance car list: "I've had a Subaru WRX, GTS Commodore, BMWs and a Honda Integra. I've spent a lot of money on cars."
The list of past fast cars is extensive yet Brown still wants to get behind the wheel of some dream machines.
"I'd love to get into a McLaren. I've spent a lot of time in Singapore and there are lots of them around - they are big, beautiful cars," says Brown.
Failing a McLaren, he would settle for a Bentley Continental GT.
Brown says he loves the bark of the exhaust in performance cars, which he reckons is the closest thing you can get to the rush of riding a horse competitively.
The champion jockey occasionally gives his friends a taste of the action.
"When I bring people to the races, I try to get them behind the starter to hear the thunder of hoofs when they leave the barrier."
For Brown, a car is not just about the speed and rush it can give you, it is also a place to switch off and relax.
"I spend more than half my life in a car and I like to enjoy driving. So I love just being able to not be distracted by the phone and just listen to some music."
The road is mostly a relaxing place for Brown but some behaviours get him revved-up.
Brown hates drivers who hang in the right-hand lane and refuse to move over.
The common faux pas boxes in the drivers stuck behind - which is no place for a jockey to find himself.
Brown is engaged for several rides on day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday.