The team behind Race News have sought out Australia, and the worlds, brightest and best motoring and motorsport Journalists to provide our readers with the best news and reviews in the game. Learn more about our Authors below.
Paul Gover has rallied, raced and reported since the 1970s in the most varied career of anyone who has picked up a pen in Australian motorsport. He won a national championship in Production Cars, qualified for the Bathurst 1000 in a Supercar and was the best-placed privateer in the Sandown 500 in 1997 in a Commodore V8. He has also won every major prize in Australian motoring journalism, from Journalist of the Year to the Supercars media award and was part of the Network 10 crew that won a Logie for Bathurst coverage. Most recently he was inducted into the Supercars Media Hall of Fame and received a CAMS career achievement award.
Joe Saward started writing professionally about motor racing in the week he left university in 1983, with a BA degree in history from the University of London, and specialised knowledge of the world’s secret services. After 18 months travelling from circuit to circuit in Europe, living in a tent, he was recruited by Autosport in London and rose through the ranks from Production Assistant to become Grand Prix Editor - the dream job for any young motorsport journalist. Joe has attended every single Grand Prix since 1988. In addition to his F1 work, he has reported on many of the major motorsport events in the world, including the Indianapolis 500, the Le Mans, Spa and Nurburgring 24 Hour races, the Dakar, the Macau Grand Prix and the Bathurst 1000, not to mention NASCAR from Daytona.
Andrew Maclean has been around cars and motor racing since he was infant, growing up with a rallying family in the forests of Canberra. He was destined to create a high-octane writing career and, now with more than 25 years experience - as a former editor of Auto Action, Motor Magazine and Fairfax Media’s Drive - he is one of the country's most respected motoring writers.
Wayne Webster was the man on the spot for the Daily Telegraph newspaper when the Challenger space shuttle exploded. He covered the event in meticulous detail, including in-depth interviews with eye witnesses, from the bar of the Hilton Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida. After all, his assignment in the USA to cover the Daytona 24-Hour sports car classic . . . Like many of the world’s great writers, including Ernest Hemingway, Webster wrote many of his best stories in a bar. He started as a kid and became a veteran of the motoring beat, covering new-new launches from 1978 when he was the first person to be booked speeding in a VB Commodore. He also reported motorsport of all kinds from around the world, and was a great mate to many of Australia’s touring car champions and Bathurst winners. “I finished second in a round-Australia with Peter Brock and his feet were so big it was like sharing a room with Ronald McDonald,” Webster recalled for Race News. He also inspired Gregg Hansford to his victory with Larry Perkins in The Great Race, after pointing out that Hansford needed to act like a serious racer instead of a male model in Bathurst for a fashion shoot. Webster served at the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs for more than 20 years and was also a columnist for Motor magazine for more than a decade. His wit and wisdom won him many fiends, and a few enemies including one who threatened to kill him, during his time as a talented sideline and behind-the-wheel commentator. Now he is back for Race News. “I cannot believe this, I can still write. And I like it. So here we go - again,” Webster said.
Phil Branagan has lugged a laptop around Australia’s racetracks for more than three decades. He is one of the best-credentialed journalists on the grid and a former editor of both Motorsport News and Auto Action magazines, as well as serving as the ‘man in Australia’ for Britain’s widely-respected Autosport magazine for more than a decade. He is the author of several books on the sport and more recently, has been a columnist for Australian Motor Cycle News.
Mike Sinclair has been testing and writing about cars, motorcycles, and a bunch of other things with engines in them for more than 25 years. In on the ground floor of the online editorial explosion, Mike helped launch CarPoint.com.au and has been the Carsales Network's Editor-in-Chief since 2005. He is a fan of most motorsport and drives in circuit racing, tarmac rallying and, more recently, sim racing. Kudos include Bathurst 12-Hour and Targa Tasmania class wins and he does extensive road and track testing of two and four-wheeled vehicles up to current GT3 cars.
There are worse places in the world than Lake Como in northern Italy. Taylor has based himself in Europe since 2006 after a successful career in Australian motoring journalism. He was motoring editor of The Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph newspapers in Sydney and edited both 4X4 Australia and MOTOR magazines in their prime. He was also the architect of the Best Car award for Australia’s combined motoring clubs and drove in races and rallies. Apart from Race News, he writes for Forbes, The Irish Times, Carsales.com.au, Business Day in South Africa, and Autologia in Mexico and Chile. His first love is rallying and he is a judge for both the World Car of the Year and the International Engine of the Year awards.
Nadine Armstrong has an abiding love of cars, motorbikes and adrenalin-based activities that runs line-ball with her unwavering devotion to French champagne and pommes frites. She is a freelance writer from Melbourne who is passionate about cars and interesting humans – when the two combine, even better. Nadine is contributing Consumer Editor at carsales.com.au, a member of the Women’s World Car of the Year jury, sits on the VACC’s Women in Automotive Steering Committee and volunteers her time to Motorsport Australia’s Dare to be Different – Girls on Track program. Her love of motoring spans both two and four wheels, as riding dirt bikes through the Wombat State Forest in Melbourne’s west from a young age paved the way for a Suzuki RGV and a Harley-Davidson later in life. Tiring of 'helmet hair', cars soon took pride of place in her garage. When she’s not behind the wheel of a test car, Nadine drives a 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera.
Peter Lyon is a Tokyo-based motoring journalist who has been reporting from Japan for more than 30 years. He was co-chairman of the World Car of the Year award, is a juror for the Japan Car of the Year, and his work has been published in Australia, the USA, England, Germany, Poland, Italy, Israel, South Africa - and Japan. Lyon has co-hosted a weekly car show on Japan’s national television broadcaster NHK with ex-F1 racer Ukyo Katayama and authored a book in Japanese about his impressions of Japanese car culture. He has also dabbled in racing, having placed fourth in class in the Nurburgring 24-hours.