Auckland karaoke taxi offers a party on the way to the party

Ivanovic says he is 71 during the day, and 55 at night.
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Ivanovic says he is 71 during the day, and 55 at night.

A renowned Auckland "karaoke taxi" offers a party on the way to the party ... and counselling afterwards.

On a Friday and a Saturday night, the musical taxi is in full swing and driver Bob Ivanovic is well dressed for the lively occasions.

"I own 65 scarves and 35 silly glasses," Ivanovic, also famous for wearing a pair of flashing, white sequined gloves, said.

The Karaoke Taxi is a favourite among North Shore community members.
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The Karaoke Taxi is a favourite among North Shore community members.

The North Shore taxi's boot hides a karaoke machine, the roof - a disco light, and the inside seats shares several microphones.

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Bob Ivanovic's karaoke taxi, like his flashing-white gloves, are famous as far down as Gisborne.
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Bob Ivanovic's karaoke taxi, like his flashing-white gloves, are famous as far down as Gisborne.

A camera is fixed to the front, to capture all the best of the night's moments for passenger keepsakes.

The taxi is equipped with music for all passengers, from 6 to 86 years old, Ivanovic said.

From rugby games to concerts, from school runs to all-night-long hen's parties, the dynamic and versatile taxi suits all types.

Bob Ivanovic is no ordinary taxi driver.
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Bob Ivanovic is no ordinary taxi driver.

But Ivanovic is not just a taxi driver, he is also a friend.

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"Deep in my heart, I have passengers that I love," he said.

For his regular customers, there is nothing Ivanovic won't do.

He has even gone as far as visiting a former passenger in hospital.

"Sometimes at 2am, I spend just half an hour in the car just talking to people about their life problems," he said.

"If they call me at 3am because they are in trouble, I will be there."

As an avid music fan and former guitarist, Ivanovic said the karaoke taxi is fun and keeps him young.

"I'm 71 years old, but by night I'm 55."

Regular passenger and North Shore resident Stuart Maxwell said Ivanovic has been driving him around since late 2003.

"He always has the music on," Maxwell said.

"We use him at work quite a lot, as well as personally. He's even driven my kids.

"I used him on Friday for a night with some friends, and, when they saw him, they were like 'ah, Bob's here'.

"Everyone knows him on the Shore."

Find Bob Ivanovic on Facebook for business inquiries.

 - Stuff

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