OUR REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS
The Classic Motoring Review is blessed with some of the finest motoring journalists of their or indeed any generation, and here are some of them.
DOUGLAS BLAIN left the Antipodes to edit what quickly became Britain’s most distinctive and vital motoring magazine, Car. Later in life he applied his considerable talents and energies to restoring ancient buildings but maintains his influential position in motoring journalism as publisher of The Automobile.
RICHARD BREMNER originally worked in BL marketing during the post-launch optimism generated by the Austin Metro. He joined Motor in ’84, then Car in ’85. After 13 years he became founding editor of Channel 4’s 4car website, associate editor of Autocar and founding editor of the CleanGreenCars website. He freelances for Autocar, Octane, Daily Telegraph, JaguarWorld and What Car? among others, and cares for 10 old cars, a few actually desirable.
STEVE CROPLEY, still hacking away happily at Autocar after 25 years, reckons he has quite enough cars and motorbikes (9) but is nevertheless haunted by a desire to restore the remains of a 1985 turbocharged-then-burned-out 2CV he owned and modified back in the day. It was made modestly famous in a Car magazine feature called ‘Escargot Flambe’ and has recently bobbed up, rusty and immobile but whole, in Worcestershire. We’ll see what happens…
ROD KER stumbled into journalism over 30 years ago when he discovered that writing about decrepit old cars and motorcycles was easier and much less messy than working on them, if not necessarily better paid. Like editor, Mark Williams he served time on Jalopy, officially Britain’s smallest and deliberately dullest motor magazine. His life has been blighted by an unfortunate obsession with Triumph Heralds.
JOHN SIMISTER’s long and notable career started at Motor in 1984, and has since included virtually every equally notable motoring mag. He currently freelances for Octane, Practical Classics and Vantage (among others), is one of six UK judges for Car of the Year, believes classic cars should be driven as their makers intended and his current stable includes a 1934 Singer Le Mans and a 1968 Sunbeam Stiletto, both of which work.
Dismayed by the lack of attention accorded those fine, 1960s twin cylinder bikes, MATHEW VALE wrote his first book, BSA Unit Construction Twins in 2004, the first of several classically inclined tomes. Recently retired from the IT industry, he devotes his time to writing more books, restoration projects and contributing articles to selected publications whilst currently relearning glass fibre skills last used in the 1970s restoring a brace of Lotus Plus 2s.
The Classic Motoring Review is MARK WILLIAMS’ tenth crack at launching and/or editing magazines, some of which, such as Bike and Classic Bike Guide have miraculously stood the test of time inasmuch as they still exist, which is more than can be said for most of the 38 cars he’s owned. He was for many years a columnist on and contributor to such titles as Classic Car Mart, Top Gear and Used Car Buyer.
Born in the same year as the MGB, Lotus Elan and AC Cobra, COLIN GOODWIN loves everything with a spark plug (preferably 8); thinks electric motors are for starting internal combustion engines and won’t discuss self-driving cars. A motoring journalist for 30 years and written for most of the well known magazines, he drives a Mercedes, rides a Triumph and flies an aeroplane that he built in his garden shed. He has a cat called Hailwood.
GAVIN GREEN is an Australian-born motoring writer, and like several of our esteemed pen-men, perhaps best known for editing the highly influential Car magazine in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. A columnist for The Independent for over 10 years, he now writes for Car and The Economist and is a columnist for British Airways inflight magazine.
OUR REGULAR ILLUSTRATORS
Working in various styles and material, PHIL HOOD has a long and distinguished career and has exhibited at many prestigious London galleries. He also specialises in children’s book illustration, worked as a designer and caricaturist for Punch and the large-scale murals for which he’s especially famous can be seen throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Having left Bournemouth College of Art, MIKKI RAIN became a designer of magazines as diverse as King-Fu Monthly, WhichBike?, and Personal Computer World whilst simultaneously building a reputation as a highly versatile illustrator. Responsible for the revolving panels on BBCtv’s Have I Got News For You since it began, she also designs outdoor play equipment for schools.
MARTIN SQUIRES is an enthusiast for all things automotive, especially Morgan 3-Wheelers and classic British motorcycles and his distinctive illustrative style has graced such publications as Classic Bike Guide and The Classic Motorcycle.