Just another car nut
Having been awarded a BA (Hons) degree in Architecture at Kingston and then spending a year designing telephone exchanges (the reality of an architectural career!), I stepped away and into the world of journalism.
In 1977, I joined Hot Car magazine as Assistant Editor and was appointed Editor in 1978. Over the next several years, I edited a variety of magazines ranging from a best-forgotten motorcycle title, a motor industry publication and then, in 1987, Custom Car magazine. While in that position, I was responsible for the launch of VolksWorld later that year, holding the position of Editor until 1995.
In September that year, I became a freelance journalist and author, and have now had 13 books on air-cooled VWs published. I also began writing for 911 & Porsche World, leading to my appointment as Features Editor, a position I held until 2020. In 2004, I also became Managing Editor of Ultra VW magazine and then, in 2010, launched Classic Porsche magazine, which I edited until the summer of 2020.
I have drag raced VWs, both in the UK and Europe, and the USA since the 1970s, with a degree of success, and more recently tried my hand at sprinting (also known as auto-x in the USA) in my Porsche 914. In the past, along with over 30 air-cooled VWs, I have owned a variety of Porsches, from a 1970 914/6 to a Carrera 2.7 and a hot-rod 1966 912 with a 2.2-litre 911 engine (known as 'El Chucho').
My motto is 'If I'm offered a drive, I'll always accept…'