Road trips are one of Cheryl Hickey’s treasured pastimes. “There’s just something about road trips where it’s old-school kind of fun,” says the sprightly ET Canada host. And this summer, the newlywed will be enjoying road trips to cottage country in style.
Following her wedding to Sportsnet producer Kevin Foley last October, the couple treated themselves to a BMW X3. Although her husband has a Volkswagon, the lease on Hickey’s own car was up and the pair were searching for a more family-friendly replacement.
“We knew we were going to have a family in the near future, and we’re pretty active. We play lots of golf and travel quite a bit,” explains the 33-year-old who’s five months pregnant with the couple’s first child. “We can throw a lot stuff in [the X3], it’s super safe and, you know, we feel good in it.”
After thorough research and many test drives, the couple chose a black-on-black leather interior for its “simplicity” and “classiness.” One of their favourite features of their SUV is its sunroof.
“We both fell in love with the sunroof. It’s ginormous,” says the Owen Sound native, whose day-to-day work includes interviewing some of the biggest celebs in Hollywood. “You always have lots of sunlight coming in.”
Hickey and her husband, both avid golfers, will be hitting Highway 11 in their new SUV this summer to tee off in Muskoka. “We’ll stop off at Webers, play the radio game, which I want to say I win, but the truth is, my husband kicks my butt,” she says of their road trip traditions.
But what type of driver is Hickey? Definitely not a reckless one. “My husband and really good friends call me driving Miss Daisy,” she reveals. “But look at my driving record, I’m a good driver,” she implores, adding that although she may be slow behind the wheel, she’s not “cause accidents slow.”
“I think it’s a good thing that I’m a slower driver, since I’m soon going to have a little Hickey-Foley in the back seat.”
Hickey’s ultimate dream is to one day own a Porsche Boxter convertible in either hunter green or black. But until then, she’s happy to turn up her music and pretend she’s already driving her Porsche, or as those closest to her might say, driving Miss Daisy.
– Heather Buchan is a Toronto-based journalist whohas worked at several magazines, including Hello! Canada, where she cut her teeth in the world of celebrities.