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Friend of Stratstone Lee McKenzie is having a fantastic year!

Not only is she a successful TV presenter, journalist and rally co-driver but it was announced in March 2016 that Lee would be joining Channel Four's Formula One presenting team it becomes the terrestrial home of F1. When she hosted a recent Stratstone Awards ceremony, we spoke to her about our favourite subject - Dream Garage. Here's the five cars that would take centre stage.

1. Mercedes-Benz 300SL

"Firstly I'd take a classic car, something beautiful like a Mercedes 300SL."

The distinctive Mercedes-Benz 300SL, known famously as the 'Gullwing' due to its unique doors, is a car that's likely in most dream garages on style alone! But be warned, with just over 3,000 built there probably aren't enough to go round…

The 300SL can trace its roots directly back to early Formula 1 cars, after Mercedes engineers put together a road-going racing car that would satisfy the needs of an affluent performance community. It was released in 1954, becoming an instant hit after its reveal at the New York Auto Show.

The gullwing was by far the fastest car of its day, and continues to be an iconic staple in the history of Mercedes-Benz. A predecessor to the equally stylish 230SL roadster, examples of this car now fetch well in excess of £1 Million due to their sheer rarity.

2. Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

"Then I'd need something for everyday - at the moment I have a Mercedes A-Class, and I've had a GLE too so maybe a little A45 AMG? Though I'd have to watch my speed in that one!"

Fast-forwarding to 2016, it's clear to see that Mercedes-Benz are still breaking records. With a third more power than the Formula 1 - based 300SL, the A45 AMG is the most powerful production hatchback ever built!

Based on the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback, the A45 features a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine, and four-wheel-drive to keep its considerable power on the road. AMG have been tinkering with Mercedes-Benz models since 1965, and are determined to make every car feel at home on the racetrack.

The thinking-woman's hot hatchback, the A45 also comes with 340 litres of boot space and all the great features of this otherwise practical family car. What's not to love?

3. Range Rover Evoque

"Combines space, practicality and still looks great."

Most concept cars push the limits of design to the extreme - forgoing practicality and even safety to deliver outstanding and often inspirational designs. Then, when the actual road car is released a year later, it can look pretty tame by comparison. The same can't be said of the Range Rover Evoque, which could have easily just rolled in from this year's Geneva Motor Show.

And it's not just looks either. Under the skin the Evoque is one-hundred percent Land Rover, featuring the fabled Terrain Response system which can adapt the car to meet the needs of any terrain. 

This is a dream garage selection which blends true go-anywhere ability with a design which would feel at home on Savile Row. Good choice!

4. Oakley Supreme Horse Box

"And for the other two maybe I'd be greedy and combine the two . I need a bit of space in my Garage for this one because I've got horses and I'd probably take a very expensive Oakley Supreme Horse Box - and that would take up certainly more than two spaces in my garage!"

Lee isn't joking - most of Oakley Supreme models reach to over 27ft in length! The pinnacle of Horse Box extravagance, it not only has space to store and transport three horses but also includes a fully decked out living area. A kitchen, bathroom and bedroom make this the most lavish 'horse box' we've ever seen!