A quick chat with Mike Duff (fellow journo and my co-pilot to Chernobyl back in 2006) about AROnline kinda reinforced what I’ve been thinking for a while: it’s a great site but, just like the amiable robot from Short Circuit, we need more input.
‘Could you look to establish some kind of collective editorial trust to run it?’ he asked. ‘It’s definitely the best ‘marque site’ by a country mile. Indeed, despite the narrowness of its brief it remains one of the best motoring sites full stop. I would have thought that wannabe journos would be forming queues to write for it…’
Well, not really Mike. There are one or two people who’ve made a real difference but, in terms of wannabe jounalists looking to cut their teeth in the business and get their work out there, I’ve not really had a bite, as such. Given that the site helped launch my fledgling career and that some of the people who matter regularly read it, it does represent a great opportunity to get budding writers’ works out there.
So, if you’re looking to make the jump into writing and have things to say, do get in touch – we’ll see if we can find you a space here. AR helped me a lot and I’d like to see it help others, too.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.