Andrew Noakes trained as an automotive engineer but decided writing about cars would be more fun than designing them. His first full-time journalism job was on Fast Car magazine where he became technical editor, and later he founded the classic car title Classics. He went freelance in 2002 and has since written for a wide range of magazines and websites on topics as diverse as Formula 1 two-seaters, 2CV-based sports cars and the width of Jim Clark’s bottom. He is also the author of more than 20 books on motoring and motor sport, winning the Timo Makinen Trophy for his book Ford Cosworth DFV. Alongside his writing work he is course director of Coventry University’s unique Masters degree course in automotive journalism, and is deputy chairman of the Guild of Motoring Writers.