A dad from Merseyside is living what many car-lovers would consider the dream.

Roger Bailey, from West Kirby, can walk into a Porsche dealership, request a car of his choosing and drive off in it.

He also gets to travel abroad with the sports car manufacturer on all-expenses-paid trips.

How? The 63-year-old works part-time as a motoring journalist - something which happened spontaneously.

Roger doesn't get nervous despite driving very expensive cars

Speaking to the ECHO, Roger said: "Three years ago, I borrowed a car and decided I would like to share my experience of driving it.

"I did a video on YouTube and it went rather well. I was then contacted by Porsche who told me they loved what I was doing and I could use any of their cars at any time.

"It was the dream phone call for any car-lover. He said he had seen other people do reviews but he thought my review was trustworthy."

Three years down the line, Roger has racked up more than two million views on his YouTube channel - mostly dedicated to all things Porsche.

Roger often test drives the cars in Liverpool city centre

Roger said: "I can go into the Porsche centre and ask for almost any car, as long as it's allowed to go on the road, and they’ll happily let me take it.

"I’ll drive it around for maybe one to two days or a weekend and it’s great fun.

"With it being Porsche I'm looking at how the car handles on the road in terms of steering, cornering, and handling.

"That's what sets them apart from other cars along with how fast they are, it’s a pleasurable experience given the quality engineering.

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"I'll then go out and film with my wife, I couldn’t do it without her, she’s amazing and gives me so much love and support."

Roger added: "There is no better community for these types of cars as there is with Porsche.

"The dealerships will foster friendships with their owners and their customers. They have taken my wife and me to Paris and Geneva for motor shows free of charge where they have wined and dined us.

"We've also been on track days where you can drive your car on a private circuit - no other brand is like that.

"My wife loves the social aspect that it creates and the interest others show in me and what I do.

"I’ve been recognised in supermarkets and people come up to me at car shows, which is a nice feeling. My children are both bemused and amused at the whole thing."

However, Roger does stress that he is not paid by Porsche to test drive their cars.

He said: "One of the reasons Porsche allow me to do it is because it generates sales for them.

"When I review a car it sends customers to their dealerships. There have been a least a dozen customers who have purchased a Porsche on the back of my reviews.

"But Porsche has never offered me money nor would I take it as everything I say is my honest opinion."

Despite some Porsche models costing upwards of £100k, Roger surprisingly is never nervous when he test drives them.

Roger also reviews other cars - here is with an Aston Martin Vantage

He said: "I'm not phased and neither is my wife, they are very easy cars to drive. The most important thing is to never touch the kerb or you'll damage the alloy wheels.

"Nearly every Porsche that’s come out I’ve driven - I am living the dream."

And whilst Roger favours and even owns a Porsche, he's not averse to testing other cars.

He said: "I’ve driven an Aston Martin and reviewed it on my channel and I've also tested Jaguars and Range Rovers, but Porsche is amazing."

Roger is looking forward to when car showrooms reopen - as announced in Boris Johnson's latest press conference.

He said: "The dealerships are opening in two weeks and I will be right in there, taking out the very latest Porsche.

"But if anyone has a cool Porsche they would like reviewing, they can get in touch.

"Owners come up to me and ask if I can put their car in their channel. They love it as it raises interest in the vehicle itself and helps them if they wanted to sell the car."

If you'd like to view Roger's content, head to his YouTube channel here.