Writing about cars and motorsport has been my living for more than 20 years, during which time I've tested everything from Citroen 2CV-powered three-wheelers to two-seat Formula 1 cars.
I started out writing technical articles for car magazines, then edited one for six years. I went freelance in 2002 and since then I've written road tests, technical articles, drive stories, classic car tests, consumer features, interviews and more for all sorts of media.
My aim is always to present copy which is on time, original, entertaining, technically accurate and so clinically precise in its spelling, punctuation and grammar that the subs feel left out.
For more background see my Auto-biography page.
Clients past and present
- Major consumer car magazines such as CAR Magazine (and its affiliates in Mexico, Russia, Spain, Thailand and Turkey) and Auto Express
- Motor industry journals European Automotive Design and Automotive Design Asia (both now dead)
- Classic car magazines including Classic & Sports Car, Classic Cars, Classics Monthly and Classic Car Weekly
- Customer magazines such as BMW Magazine and V Magazine (Vauxhall)
- Enthusiast magazines including Fast Car, Redline, Vantage, Total Evolution, Total Impreza and Total Nissan
- Motoring websites such as Cartechnical, Edmunds Inside Line, CAR Online and Pistonheads.com, plus articles and road tests at www.andrewnoakes.com
- plus a variety of other publications including national and regional newspapers, lifestyle magazines and more
I'm always keen to add new clients to the list. If you need motoring words, please contact me.
I've written features for a wide variety of media, from car magazines and enthusiast websites to customer magazines, industry journals and lifestyle titles.
For the story above I came up with the original idea, arranged the loan of the car from the car maker's press office, found the location and arranged access to it, recommended a photographer and an assistant, art directed the shoot and drove the car for action photography. And then wrote the story.
I'm the motoring editor of Equipped (above) and my road tests also appear in regional lifestyle magazines, on cartechnical.co.uk and on this site.
My background in engineering helps me to understand all the latest automotive developments (such as hybrids and electric cars) and to explain them to the reader. My aim is to put the reader in the driving seat, helping them to make an informed decision about their next car or just keeping them abreast of the latest new cars and automotive news.
Enthusiast readerships really engage with in-depth interviews that give insight into personalities in car design, engineering and motor sport. I've interviewed world champions, designers, motorsport bosses, researchers, engineers and more. I ask the questions the reader wants answered, and take the trouble to capture the details of an interviewee's character that make the reader feel they are right there beside me.
I've written or contributed to more than 20 books on cars, motoring history and motorsport. I've written more than a dozen complete books and I've contributed chapters or sections to several more. I've worked with publishers and packagers, often to tight deadlines.
For several books I also contributed images, either shot specially or from my own photo archive.
My books have always been well-received by publishers – one was keen to find me another project because 'you always do such a good job' – and reviewers have also made very positive comments. My history of the Ford-Cosworth DFV Formula 1 engine (above) won the Guild of Motoring Writers' prestigious Timo Makinen Trophy in 2007. Several of my books have been translated into German and Spanish.
If you're looking for a writer to produce features, columns, road tests, interviews, books or any other sort of automotive content, I'd love to hear from you.
Guild of Motoring Writers Timo Makinen Trophy 2007 for Ford Cosworth DFV