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Henry Catchpole

Henry has been a car journalist for 15 years, cutting his road testing teeth on Evo magazine where he also held the position of Features Editor for several years. These days he can be found on Carfection presenting exceptionally high-quality films.

He adores rallying and has been lucky enough to not only compete in the British Rally Championship, but also test quite a few WRC cars. His own current car collection extends to a slightly scruffy Renault Clio 182 and most of a 1979 Escort Mk2 rally car. As well anything automotive, Henry can also be inveigled into conversation about bicycles, coffee, golf, skiing, beer, the Jackson Lamb series, chocolate, running and P.G. Wodehouse.

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Mel Nichols

Mel worked for Wheels magazine and edited Sports Car World in Australia before coming to the UK, where he edited CAR from 1974 to 1981. He went often to Modena, Turin, Stuttgart and Munich and became known for vivid drive stories in fast cars. Jeremy Clarkson called Mel’s story Convoy! – about driving three Lamborghinis from Modena to London – ‘the best-ever drive story’ and says it inspired him to write about cars.

From 1987 to 2009 Mel was editorial director of Autocar, What Car?, Classic & Sports Car, Autosport, F1 Racing and PistonHeads. He has contributed to Car and Driver and Motor Trend and was a founding columnist of Automobile. His book And The Revs Keep Rising contains 50 of his articles about great drives in fast cars.

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Karun Chandhok

Karun is one of only two Indian Formula 1 drivers as well as a multiple race winner and podium finisher in GP2. Karun was a test driver for Red Bull Racing in 2007 and 2008, before racing in F1 for Hispania Racing and Team Lotus in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

He has since become the first Indian to compete at Le Mans, finishing in the top six in class in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Karun also raced for Mahindra Racing in the inaugural 2014-2015 Formula E series. More recently Karun has raced at the Goodwood Revival, winning the Whitsun Trophy in a McLaren M1A in 2019.

Today Karun works as a motorsport commentator and analyst, working with five global Formula 1 broadcasters including Sky Sports F1.

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Peter Robinson

Peter has been living on Planet Car since, as a boy, he and cousin Bruce sat on the gutter of a main road in Melbourne, Australia, watching the cars go by, arguing the virtues of European versus American versus Australian cars. After a 59-year career as a motoring writer, he appreciates how fortunate he has been to owe his livelihood to driving and writing about cars.

His career began in 1962 and by 1971 he was editor of Australia’s Wheels magazine. Offered the position of European editor of Autocar magazine, he moved to Italy in 1988, continuing to work for Wheels. For 16 years he drove all the new models, profiled the industry’s key designers, engineers, product planners and CEOs. Peter has the distinction of having been banned for life by Ferrari. Twice.

Colin Goodwin

Colin proudly notes he was born in the same year as the Ferrari 250 GTO, Lotus Elan, AC Cobra and MGB. Also coinciding with his arrival was the launch of Small Car and Mini Owner, later to become Car magazine and where, 25 years later, Goodwin started his career in motoring journalism.

After nine years he fancied a new challenge and the chance to work with friends Steve Sutcliffe and Andrew Frankel, plus his hero Peter Robinson, so joined Autocar and went weekly. For the last 20 years he has been freelance, writing for magazines including Autocar, Evo, Motor Sport and many national newspapers. A lifelong muscle car fan, he’s now entered what he describes as his ‘Chapman period’ and is planning a resto-mod Elan S3.

Andrew English

Andrew has been testing cars, trucks and motorcycles for 35 years. He is motoring correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, writes for a number of magazines and sits on the Car Of The Year jury. He lives in Cornwall and is married with two children and a collection of unreliable old cars and motorcycles.

'It's a cliché to say you learn something new every day,' he says, 'but I find that you learn most new things from the experts in their fields: people like Mike Cross at Jaguar, Jürgen Pützschler at Volkswagen and Matt Becker at Aston Martin.'

Joana Fidalgo

Joana is a powertrain engineer who’s worked for several years for automotive OEMs across Europe. She also has a Masters in Motorsport Engineering, drives an E46 BMW M3 and rides motorcycles both for work and play. She should fit right in.

Jo moved to the UK from Portugal in 2011, primarily because cars are cheaper here. The fascination with all things mechanical started when aged 16 she bought her first motorcycle, tried to drift it and nearly fell off. She loves cars too, is obsessed with flamboyant ‘80s interiors, and has a penchant for small quirky Japanese cars.

Currently she divides her time between figuring out the future of the car and the need for constant maintenance that comes with multiple vehicle ownership. When not staring at spreadsheets and trying to save the world, she can be found enjoying car culture at events across the UK or touring mountain roads on two wheels or four.

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Ben Oliver

Ben Oliver began his motoring journalism career at Autocar, succeeding Andrew Frankel and Chris Harris as Road Test Editor before realising he wasn’t a good enough driver and departing for CAR magazine, where he still finds excuses to take cars to odd, remote or dangerous parts of the world he wanted to visit anyway.

His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world and garnered awards, which can add up to a fiver to his fees, though not at The Intercooler. He subsidises his motoring journalism by writing speeches for people who’d prefer you to think they write their own, and with a business that does public relations and makes podcasts.

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