What do you drive?
I have two vehicles. One is a new Toyota Aurion Sportivo, a beautiful car I use on Police Ten 7. It bears the number plate TEN 7. Toyota NZ are big supporters of our show. I also have a 1958 International Pickup truck, bright red and powered by a 2006 ZZ4 Chev V8 engine.
What's the main consideration when buying a vehicle?
A car has to fit with your lifestyle. At work I need a large car for travelling long distances with our crew and their equipment. The Aurion is perfect - and the V6 engine has amazing power and performance. In my private life I need something powerful that I can tow my boat and work trailer.
First car you owned?
A 1934 Morris Ten 4. I had it for about a year as a teenager before I sold it to a man who broke it up for parts.
Your dream car ...
I am not into super cars or luxury brands. I would love to own a new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. I also hanker after the Highlander and Hilux models.
Favourite car colour?
Who taught you to drive?
My father (Ron Bell) taught me to drive in his 1935 Ford V8 when I was 14 rising 15. He taught me in the streets of Hamilton and around Hamilton Lake. He was pretty good; even though he wasn't overly blessed with patience. The old cars like the V8 required genuine driving skills to keep control. Ours used to slip out of second gear. I went for my licence in it and the traffic officer said not to worry about it because it was a common fault; just hold it in place until you change into another gear.
Manual or automatic?
I used to prefer manual transmission - but with a bit of advancing age I have grown lazy and prefer auto.
What's the most bizarre thing you have seen a driver do?
I once pursued a man in his car with a young family just south of Tokoroa. He was driving like a lunatic, passing people on blind corners and into the face of oncoming vehicles and shouting at his wife. When I got him out of the car he explained he was desperate to get to a toilet for number twos. I had a similar thing on Auckland's waterfront when I stopped a guy clutching a plastic bag full of water and tropical fish which he thought would die if he didn't get to his destination quickly.
You host Police Ten 7 and are a retired detective ... does that mean you have a squeaky clean driving record ... no speeding or parking tickets?
Do you really think I am going to publicly admit to anything like that? Suffice to say that I am no different to anyone else in that regard. Oh all right then; my record is cleanish but doesn't squeak!
Most memorable road trip?
Our tour around the South Island in my truck. A highlight was Invercargill's Bill Richardson Truck Museum.
What do you listen to?
My wife. No, just joking. I have an eclectic collection of music on my cellphone which I play on the car stereo with Bluetooth. I also tune into The Sound radio. In the truck I use a USB drive to play the same music collection.
What's a great day trip out of Auckland?
A trip south through Maraetai Beach, past Orere Point to the Firth of Thames, Miranda and Waitakaruru. It's a beautiful scenic drive with lots of places to stop for a cup of tea or picnic.
Would you rather drive in Auckland or take public transport?
Sorry Len, but public transport is still not reliable enough for my needs. So therefore I drive.
Do you have a special number plate?
Ten 7 on the car and 58INTL on the truck.