Moray Callum is a member of arguably the most distinguished family in auto design.
He is executive director of Americas design for Ford Motor Co., and older brother Ian is head of design for Jaguar.
The brothers grew up in the town of Dumfries in southern Scotland. Ian was the first to take an interest in drawing cars. Moray wanted to be a veterinarian and then an architect before following his brother into auto design.
Moray Callum, 54, started his career in 1982 designing commercial trucks for Chrysler UK and PSA Peugeot Citroen before moving on to the Italian design house Ghia in Turin, Italy. He was also head of Mazda design in Hiroshima, Japan.
Q: How did growing up in Dumfries affect you?
A: It helped me get out of it! It's a big town for the area it's in, but it's only 30,000 people. If you want to get on with your career, you move on. Just to go to college or university, you have to leave town.
Do you get homesick for Scotland?
I miss the roads sometimes. I was back recently. I hate to say it, but I rented a Fiat 500. It was a sport. There's a road I know from my hometown to Edinburgh -- beautiful scenery and winding roads. I was just flooring it.
How do you unwind?
Sadly, my only real hobby is cars. I'm great at taking cars apart, less good at putting them together.
Any old cars in the garage?
When you grow up you want cars you liked as a kid.
I'm into good old American hot rods that I never saw until my teens. I have a couple I play with.
I also have a 1966 Jaguar E-Type coupe.
What's your favorite car design of all time, other than something you designed yourself?
I was at the anniversary of the 1932 Ford a couple of years ago in California. On that day my favorite design was a '32 Ford. The E-Type is a beautiful car. Two of the most clever were the Citroen DS and the original Mini.
What's an ideal vacation?
I've been on safari once, and I'd love to do that again. Botswana. That was a great experience. Frankly, it's nice to go places where there are no cars. When there are cars I tend to drift back into my look-at-that mode. When there are more elephants than cars, that's interesting.
Are you a music fan?
It ranges from the Beatles to the Stones and a lot of American stuff like Bread, even James Taylor and Jackson Browne. There's a real group of tastes there.
You considered becoming a veterinarian.
Well, I was a real animal lover growing up. But when I was about 8, I spent a day on a school friend's local farm.
The smell was so bad I decided I wasn't so interested after all.
What about architecture?
I was in a class in a very good architecture school in Edinburgh. It got down to the nitty-gritty. They were asking us to work out the dimensions of a waste pipe. I'm still very interested in architecture, though. You go into architecture because you want to design your house one day.
What architects do you admire?
Le Corbusier in France and [Tadao] Ando in Japan. When I lived in France there was a Corbusier house, Villa Savoye. Then we went to visit the Bugatti Museum in Molsheim. It's very close to a place called Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp by Le Corbusier. That was a modern use of architecture in the 1930s. You see the building and go ahhhhh.
Are you a racing fan?
I watch every Formula One race, unfortunately. There was a race course in Edinburgh called Ingliston.
My father, who had no interest in cars, would take my brother and I to Ingliston.
I saw Jackie Stewart and other people. People would race Minis against Camaros or Hillman Imps. I still love the smell of Castrol.
How often do you see your brother?
Usually at shows, but we keep in touch quite closely. We still like each other. When we don't like each other's cars, we don't talk about them.