Welcome to my new blog. After a decade of blogging – on and off – on AROnline, I thought it was time to set-up camp elsewhere and finally move on to pastures new. No kidding, 2014 was a big year for me – after setting up the new Honest John Classics website, I left HJ’s employ, and returned to Classic Car Weekly, to edit the title where I started my motoring writing adventure almost exactly a decade ago.
And boy, have things changed in that time. When I worked on the weekly ‘paper, it ran to 56 pages, a spread of news, a further two pages of event coverage, and then maybe a couple of features in the week. Today, that same publication has changed, now routinely running to 88 pages, with a hell of a lot more editorial content in there. It’s a big job, and most of the time it’s a huge amount of fun. It’s changed publisher, too. When I was there the first time, it was the responsibility of Kelsey Publishing, an amiable family firm, to put it out every week – now it’s owned by Bauer Consumer Media, a much bigger fish.
So, I’ve changed employer once more. And what is the point of this blog? Well, I won’t say it’s been set-up to take up where I left off with AROnline, as I think in this day and age, it’s probably impossible to create something like that now. But consider this to be my own little corner of the cybersphere, where I can sound off about motoring matters of the day – as well as chat about some of the more interesting cars out there.
Why torque-steer? Simple really. I love overpowered front-wheel drive cars, such as the Saab 9000 pictured above, and nothing sums up the appeal of this breed of cars more succinctly than this oft-misued term. But then, wheel-fight wouldn’t have worked quite as well as a website name.
First job is to upload all of my old blogs – more than anything else, it’s a useful aide memoire for me, as those blonde locks start to turn grey.
Stay tuned for more…
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.