He’s the glue that brings the team together. Exceptionally organised and lover of a spreadsheet or ten, he’s the backroom boy that makes sure the magazine gets to print on time and that there’s sufficient coffee and Jaffa Cakes to get the editorial team through the long days (and nights). Owner and publisher of sister magazine Diesel Car & Eco Car, he has contributed to all kinds of titles, including Autocar, What Car?, Motor Trader and Professional Driver magazine.
Dream classic: Peugeot 405 Mi16
A regular contributor to Autocar and Auto Express, Richard started his career at What Car? in the late ’90s before moving to Top Gear. Along the way he’s also been a regular writer for Practical Classics, Classic Car Weekly, Octane, Classic Cars and Auto Italia. A firm believer that there’s a story in every classic whether it’s mainstream or left-field, Richard is a particular fan of automotive obscurities, which is why he set up a website to tell their stories. You’ll find it at below-the-radar.com.
Dream classic: Mercedes-Benz CL 600 (C215)
Champion of the mundane, Gavin feels more at home with his collection of mostly undesirable cars than he does behind the wheel of a six-figure sports car. Some say he was born wearing steel wheels and black bumpers. When he’s not trying to convince Richard Heseltine that the Proton Impian is a future classic, Gavin is likely to be updating the world’s least influential motoring blog. If you’re struggling to sleep, you’ll find it at PetrolBlog.com.
Dream classic: Renault Safrane Biturbo Baccara
Over the past 25 years, Richard has driven everything from steam-powered ‘horseless carriages’ to hybrid hypercars. He tends to like cars with names that end with a vowel; preferably ones that are obscure or esoteric. He has owned umpteen classics with engines ranging from flat-twins to V12s. Most have been in ‘distressed’ condition.
Dream classic: Alfa Romeo 1600 Junior Zagato
Jo has more than 20 years experience with classic car magazines and has a superb knowledge of the industry, so you’ll be in safe hands.
Dream classic: Austin-Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite.
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A lifelong obsession with classic cars, graphics, typography and vintage car magazines appears to have led Roy directly to his dream design project.
Dream classic: Citroën DS Pallas
Vicky bought her first car way back in 1988. It was a 1978 MGB roadster and she’s still got it, now accompanied by a Triumph TR7 convertible. For years Vicky also owned a Triumph Stag and just like the other two they’re owned to be driven; they’ve taken her to Europe on numerous occasions as well as all over the UK.
Dream classic: Nissan Figaro
Print and web designer Steve has developed an interest in new cars during his years working on Diesel Car magazine, but he’s learning to appreciate classic cars. We’ll make a classic nut of him yet.
Dream classic: Chevrolet Corvair
Richard’s childhood love for the Volkswagen Beetle transitioned into an obsession with Polos when he was handed his first one after passing his driving test. Currently custodian of a two-decade-old Polo GTI – and editor of PoloDriver.com – he also helps to maintain a 2007 T5 camper van conversion.
Dream classic: Small bumper, steel-wheeled Mk1 Golf GTI