With effect from today, I’m no longer working in for Practical Classics in Peterborough. After something of a short lead-up, I handed in my notice to the Editor, Matt Wright, this morning at 9.30am and, within a couple of hours, I was driving back down the A605 and officially ‘working from home’ for the next four weeks. I must admit that this morning’s events leave me with very mixed emotions. I’m on the one hand seriously looking forward to my next challenge working for another car magazine but, on the other hand, I wasn’t really given the chance to say a proper goodbye before being ushered politely out of the building.
I’m actually completely shellshocked by the whole episode because the pace of events was absolutely stunning and I expected to work out my four weeks’ notice in the office. However, I must say right now that working on such a great magazine has been an absolute pleasure and, if nothing else, I’ve had a great insight into how monthly magazines work – and will never look on it as the easy option (compared with a weekly) ever again.
On the positive side, with time to think, I’ll be able to throw my considerable energy into AROnline, and perhaps – finally – spend some time getting our CMS system sorted out, and future growth accommodated for. I’d dearly like to add more development stories, prototype picture galleries, and anecdotes from those who were there, but need your help for that – so please send in your suggestions.
As Margaret Thatcher once said, “It’s a funny old world.”
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.