It’s been Formula 1 all the way for Nigel – he started covering the sport in 1971. In the mid-1970s he worked for Graham Hill’s Embassy F1 team, before joining Autosport for whom he has written over 400 Grand Prix reports. Nigel joined Motor Sport full-time on January 1 2008. As well as reporting on F1 for national newspapers, he has written 19 books on motor racing. His insightful writing and candid interviews with the great names in racing have made him one of the recognised authorities on F1.
This is Damien’s second spell as editor of Motor Sport, following his short stint (just nine issues!) in 2005. He has returned to the magazine after two years as editor-in-chief of Autosport, a magazine he first joined in 1996. During his time on the weekly, Damien covered everything from club racing to Formula 1, via Formula 3000 and sports car racing. He is also one of the two Trombonists on the editorial team.
Bravely ignoring his degree in industrial design after discovering night rallies in a Renault 8, GC joined Motor Sport by accident, in the Teesdale days around 1982 when Jenks and WB were office regulars and Mr Tee ruled with a rod of cardboard. He took part in some of the early historic rallies, winning one of the Pirelli Marathons, and regularly runs his Mk2 Jaguar in road events.
Intrigued by cars almost from birth, Simon was still at school when he persuaded a local newspaper editor that he really, really needed to run race reports from Oulton Park, Aintree and elsewhere. He has since followed the sport all over the planet and edited several titles, including Motoring News, Autocourse and this one (August 1991-October 1996). He was lurking on the planet freelance, working mainly in F1, when one D Smith asked whether he fancied returning to his roots as features editor. Acceptance was swift. Simon was born six miles from Old Trafford and supports his local football team: Altrincham.
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Grand Prix editor of Autosport for 10 years, in previous lives he raced cars, worked at Jim Russell racing school, drove taxis, got a university degree which he never used (during which time he knew Gordon Cruickshank as they competed in 12-car rallies), tried working in industry, didn’t like it, left and joined Motoring News in 1988 as a junior club race reporter. Served a spell as road test editor at Fast Lane magazine, raced TVR Tuscans to podiums for Nigel Mansell’s team. Went freelance in ’96, concentrated on F1 from 2000.
He’s been there and seen it all, but GK’s finger is still very much on the pulse of modern US racing. After over 30 years as the American editor of Autosport, he remains one of the most outspoken and authoritative voices on the US scene. Gordon is now Motor Sport’s US editor and monthly columnist, shedding light on everything that is happening on the other side of the Atlantic.
A fondness for ‘shapes and colours’ plus a childhood spent at windswept racing circuits means art editor Damon was always destined to end up working at Motor Sport one day. An apprenticeship on magazines as diverse as PlayStation World and Practical Photography means he brings a fresh perspective to the established world of Motor Sport magazine. His favourite part of designing the pages you see every month, is when he has to sift through old photos of mid-sixties sports cars.
Ed returned from a stint in Milan, working on the Italian version of Autocar, and joined the team in August 2007. After two years of countless scooter accidents and a constant battle against coffee addiction it was a relief for him to start writing in his mother tongue. As well as looking after the website, Ed writes various features and is a regular contributor to CNN, Channel 4, Sky News, the BBC and a number of radio stations. He was awarded the MSA/Renault Young Motoring Journalist of the Year in January 2009 and the New Media Award in 2012.
It’s not often that the worlds of cricket and motor sport collide – apart from the annual cricket match at the Goodwood Revival of course – but they have at Motor Sport. Zamir joined the team from The Cricketer in October 2011 to design our new digital version of the magazine. The editorial team’s eyes may gloss over when he talks about Geoffrey Boycott or David Gower, but it’s all ears when it comes to the intricacies of the iPad edition.
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After an inglorious stint in the City convinced him that he could handle cars better than he handled money, Andrew joined Autocar many years ago as a junior tester. Since then he has become one of the industry’s senior figures, writing for the national papers as well as the specialist press. When not driving exotics at Goodwood he’s racing anything from Caterhams to Ferraris. Editor of Motor Sport for five years, he now runs our road test section.
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Rob was brought up on racing, being taken to Goodwood as a small child and devouring his father’s copies of Motor Sport. During a career in newspaper, radio and TV journalism he created the ‘Track Torque’ motorsport show on radio and was IndyCar commentator for Eurosport before co-founding the Festival of Speed and Revival events. He was marketing director of the Goodwood Road Racing Company.
Writer, historian, commentator on television and radio and keen historic racing stalwart, Taylor contributes our ‘Lunch with…’ article each month, in which he invites inspirational and influential figures to sit down for a spot of lunch and a talk.
Joined Motor Sport on a temporary basis in 2012 and never left. If you’ve read any of our tweets it was probably Alex behind the keyboard, but don’t hold it against him. In 2013 he won the Renault MSA Young Journalist of the Year award.
The renowned motor racing historian is the author of countless books and articles on the sport, is adviser to the Goodwood organisation and worked for Motor Sport 40 years ago when Bill Boddy was still in the office. He contributes his regular column presenting a sideways look at motorsport from its very earliest days to the latest trends in Formula 1.
Adam has covered the Formula 1 beat for more than a decade, attending every Grand Prix and becoming one of the most respected journalists in the paddock. He is now responsible for the F1 news stories in Motor Sport.
As a racer, Mat is an Isle of Man TT winner and lap record holder. As a scribbler, he’s been at it since the late 1980s and has written acclaimed biographies of Valentino Rossi and Mick Doohan – plus he’s an award-winning commentator too.
Having spent much of his formative years soaked and sideways in his father’s 1933 Frazer Nash TT Replica, Paul has long been in thrall to old cars and past – and current – motor racing. He joined Motoring News as junior rally reporter in 1990 and went freelance in 2005, having edited Motoring News, F1 Racing and Motor Sport in the meantime.
Anyone who knows the entire history of the Deep Sanderson marque has already passed the entrance exam for pontificating about classic cars. That’s why we let him take to the road in a selection of gorgeous machinery to provide an insight to what made them great, or not. Richard is author of numerous books and has been working for and contributing to Motor Sport since 2004.
Gary has devoted his adult life to covering the world’s major sports car races, and is one of the most respected journalists in the sport. He was formerly on the staff of Autosport magazine and has been a regular contributor to Motor Sport since the start of this century.
Here is a man who goes racing every weekend from March to October. Paul’s passion for the sport goes back to when he was a child of the 1960s. He has organised, competed in and marshalled on scores of events, and has written about the subject for 20 years. He is as at home in the paddock at Brands Hatch as in a Welsh forest or at Shelsley Walsh. Paul is also responsible for Motor Sport’s historic racing news.
Olly started racing as a teenager in karting, competing in various national series before moving into cars in 1990. He’s won the GT class at Le Mans four times and in 2011 competed in the ALMS for Corvette Racing alongside Jan Magnussen. In his spare time he runs marathons and recently completed the London event in 2hrs 54 minutes and 19 seconds, helping to raise over £85,000 for charity.
Dario Franchitti is one of our most successful exports. He has won the Indy 500 twice and the IndyCar title on an incredible four occasions. He’ll be writing about all his racing over in America specially for Motor Sport throughout 2012.
Mowlem has been there and raced it all with class victories in the Daytona 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours, and podiums at the Le Mans 24 Hours and the 1000km of the Nürburgring. More recently he has been signed up by Lotus as a works driver to lead development on all its racing machines and is competing in selected rounds of the American Le Mans Series.
Mark Blundell spent 20 years competing at the very top of world motor sport, including Formula 1, IndyCar and sports cars, winning Le Mans with Peugeot in 1992. From 2001 to 2008, Mark served as an analyst on ITV’s F1 coverage and in 2005, he and close friend Martin Brundle founded 2mb Sports Management. In 2013 Mark is returning to full-time racing in the British GT Championship.
Karun Chandhok is unusual among contemporary racing drivers in that he is as passionate about the history of the sport as he is the present. Karun won the Formula Maruti, Formula 2000 Asia and Formula V6 Asia championships on his way to racing in F1 with Hispania and Lotus (now Caterham). He is currently competing in the FIA GT Series for Seyffarth Motorsport.
Lee says she has been working in motor sport for more years than she’d care to divulge, but of course that just means she started reporting at a young age!
For the last four years you will have seen Lee on the BBC’s F1 coverage, interviewing the drivers whether they have crashed out or won a World Championship. It is her role to understand their mood and approach them in a way that will keep them talking honestly.
Norwegian WRC driver Østberg has been competing at the top level since 2006. After two years driving M-Sport Fords – including taking his maiden win in Portugal in 2012 – he and co-driver Jonas Andersson will be joining the factory Citroën team for 2014.
Still the only man to win World Championships on both two wheels and four, ‘Il Grande John’ achieved more as a racer and team owner than most. Nowadays he’s the CEO of the Henry Surtees Foundation, named for his late son, which aims to help young people in the community.
Paul Tracy’s top-line career started early when he won the only Can-Am race he ever entered in 1986 at the age of 17. Going on to dominate the American Racing Series (now Indy Lights) in 1990 he became one of Indycar racing’s quickest and most controversial drivers over the ’90s and 2000s, winning the Champ Car title in 2003.
Andy Jordan started his career in rallycross, winning a string of junior championships before turning his attention to touring cars. Driving a Honda Civic for his father Mike’s Eurotech team he became the youngest ever British Touring Car Champion in 2013, beating the works Hondas in the process. Andy faces an even bigger challenge in 2014, with an unprecedented six other former champions on the grid.
Lucas di Grassi is at the very forefront of modern racing. Following a prolific junior career – including victory in the 2005 Macau Grand Prix – and several years as an F1 tester and race driver, 2014 will be his busiest year yet. As well as securing a full-time drive in the number one Audi in the World Endurance Championship, di Grassi is racing in the inaugural Formula E championship around the streets of the world’s cities.
Sébastien Buemi is plying his trade with Toyota in the World Endurance Championship in 2014 after his first full season with the manufacturer last year, including a win in Bahrain and an impressive second place at Le Mans. Still in the Red Bull family after three seasons with Toro Rosso in F1, Buemi also serves as reserve driver for the four-time champion team.