A middle-aged Watsonia man has described his steering wheel as “the world’s most diverse musical instrument”, telling The Watsonia Bugle that he can use it to phantom play more than 20 different instruments. An avid singer and musician whilst stuck in traffic on Rosanna Road, Tom Hoodle swears by his steering wheel, insisting that it helps him endure his daily commute. 

With the radio turned right up, Hoodle says he is transformed into a multi-talented rock god, playing any instrument he hears and hitting all the top notes with his voice. He said, “well, you know, traffic in Melbourne is just getting worse and worse, so when I’m not rambling to myself about that, I like to turn up the radio and transform myself onto the stage at any number of arenas around the world.

“I started off just using the steering wheel for the usual things. You know, guitar fret board, piano keys, etc. but now I’m playing all kinds of stuff on it. I can rip out the double bass for a Living End track, the flute in ‘Down Under’, and the other day it was a bagpipe for a particularly hot rendition of Johnny Farnham’s ‘You’re the Voice’. I bloody love it mate.”

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