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Driving Force comprises some of the most experienced motoring journalists in the United Kingdom.

The Authors

Chris Russon

The driving force behind Eurekar. Chris heads up a team of motoring correspondents under the Driving Force banner. Prior to Driving Force becoming independent in 2010 he was Chief Motoring Editor for Trinity Mirror Regional newspapers. Chris has been writing about cars for almost 40 years.

Edward Stephens

Edward edits the motoring pages of the Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Post as a freelancer after more than 35 years on the staff. Also writes on motoring for various other newspapers, trade magazines and well known websites.

Mike Torpey

Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.

Ian Johnson

Ian has been a member of Driving Force since its inception. He began his career in journalism in 1962 on the Cheshire Observer and took over the paper's motoring column in 1966. Specialist areas include classic cars, product launches and automotive comment.

Ian Donaldson

Ian estimates he has driven more than 6,000 cars (so far) in a road testing career that's taken him around the world. He has spent several years as a full-time staff motoring editor and is now a busy freelance journalist

Enda Mullen

Enda is a business reporter for the Coventry Telegraph and is also the motoring editor for the Solihull News. He covers the Midlands automotive industry and in particular Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin product launches. He is a renowned automotive commentator.

Alistair Coull

Alistair has been the motoring correspondent for the Daily Post in England and Wales since 1986. Now freelance, he has also worked for the Press Association, Daily Express, Daily Star, the Huddersfield Examiner and was deputy syndication editor for the Manchester Evening News.

Maxine Ashford

Maxine has been a journalist since the late 1980s and for the past 13 years has specialised in motoring. Former motoring editor at Media Wales responsible for the Western Mail, South Wales Echo, Wales on Sunday. Freelance since 2009, Maxine loves cars but not quite as much as rugby!

Patrick James

The author has been a motoring writer for more than 16 years. Formerly motoring editor at the Coventry Telegraph, he now produces motoring copy, on new car launches and road tests on a freelance basis.

John Murdoch

John is regional editor for Media Scotland's Lanarkshire and Lothian titles. Three times president of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers he has been writing about cars for over 40 years. Recently awarded lifetime membership of the National Union of Journalists and was the subject of a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating him on his service to newspapers.

Barrie Mills

Barrie has been covering the motoring scene for more than 15 years contributing to Driving Force and the Liverpool Echo. When he is not writing about cars, he is deputy head of production for Trinity Mirror in Merseyside. Barrie has a particular interest in classic cars.

Bruce Booth

Bruce left the Daily Record three years ago after 23 years as a sub editor motoring writer to wind down a long career as a freelance motoring journalist. Still supplies new and used car columns as well as covering motorsport for the Record and for Eurekar

Lee Gibson

A journalist with nearly 30 years of experience on some of the biggest regional newspapers in England and Wales including the Birmingham Mail, Express & Star, Western Mail, the Sunday Mercury and Wales on Sunday. He currently edits the Sunday Mercury motoring pages as well as contributing to Eurekar.

Peter Keenan

Peter has been with the Birmingham Post & Mail since 1990 and took on the role as motoring correspondent in 2007. He has been part of the Driving Force team for more than 10 years and his reviews are used nationwide by Trinity Mirror publications.

Robin Roberts

Has had with a career spent covering the automotive industry and particularly its Welsh component suppliers - he can not only tell you what goes where but possibly who made it fit. He has been a motoring journalist based in Wales for three decades.

Val Jessop

Val has worked for provincial and regional newspapers in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Merseyside, including the Liverpool Daily Post, Welsh Daily Post, Manchester Evening News, and as freelance for the Daily Express and Daily Star. Interests include motorsport, especially Formula One, covering events in the UK and particularly the Monaco Grand Prix.

Jon Smith

Jon is a senior motoring journalist with a background writing for weekly/provincial daily and national newspapers and magazines. He has held executive news and features positions in Fleet Street and evening titles. Former Pirelli Motoring Writer of the Year winner. Currently specialising in product launches, safety issues, car tests and future motoring trends.

Peter Hayward

Peter has been writing about cars for more than 35 years producing road tests, second hand car tests, features on new and classic models, road safety and manufacturing. Has been a contributor to Auto Express, Classic Cars, Classic Car Weekly, Candis magazine and Japanese Motoring.

David Whinyates

David helped set up Driving Force while motoring editor of the Teesside Gazette. Now acts as consultant motoring editor and is a co-owner of Driving Force Media Ltd.

Steve Orme

Steve has been on the motoring circuit since 1979 and has a particular interest in 4x4 with access to off-road terrain. Steve writes the weekly Full Chat column which takes an irreverent look at motoring. A member of the Northern group of Motoring Writers.

Stewart Smith

Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.

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THEREis nothing like a cross country trip on a quiet evening to revive your flagging driving spirits.After about 8pm the roads get much clearer in many parts of the country and you can really enjoy the drive - wherever you're going.Obviously, it's better not to use the motorways if you can - no fun in that - and map out a basic route beforehand, even if you later decide not to stick to it.I recently had 180 miles to do on A roads, or 205 on the motorway - which would have been quicker...

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SMALL cars have to be big on everything these days and Kia's new baby Picanto is bursting on to the scene packed with plenty.With more and more motorists demanding a big car experience whatever they drive, bargain basement models are out.What's in is style, comfort and connectivity - performance is welcome but not essential.So ushering in the third generation Picanto Kia has gone for smart new looks and trendy technology all round.A touchscreen display complete with sat nav and...

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OTHER people carrier makers took quite a while to catch up with Ford's very good S-MAX.It's no different to most of them to look at but it is very comfortable and also handles like a much smaller car.Most of the others when it came out had good comfort, but they came nowhere close on the handling front where the big seven seat Ford was way out in front.Even now, it is still right at the top of the all round ability list.Buying one secondhand should not be a problem - there are loads...

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THE one-millionth Mazda MX-5, a commemorative model produced to mark the milestone for the world's best-selling roadster, has returned home after a year-long tour that saw the model exhibited at events around the globe.Mazda organized the special MX-5 tour to celebrate the achievement of one million units and to say thank you to the thousands of fans who have supported the model over the years.Over the course of the tour the car was exhibited at 35 events in Japan, the UK, Spain,...

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EVOLUTION rather than revolution drives development at Honda and nowhere is this more evident than in the tenth generation Civic which is now going out to the first UK buyers.The usually conservative car maker has tweaked the Civic to update its looks, given it a bigger more rounded body creating not only a better looking car than the previous generation with a less cluttered facia.It's also better to see out of since the thick rear-window "wing" of previous versions has been put on a...

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IT would be fair to say that the Honda Civic was looking a little tired and jaded around the edges, but enter the all-new tenth generation model and it's a whole new ball game.The latest Civic - built in Britain at Honda's Swindon factory - is new from the ground up and boasts a fresh, sporty design guaranteed to turn heads. There are two punchy petrol engines, a range of trim levels and either manual or automatic transmissions with prices starting from a very competitive...

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IT'S a finely tuned art form creating an estate car with all its versatility and practicality possible that doesn't feel and handle like a bulky load lugger.Mercedes-Benz has certainly produced a masterpiece with its latest E-Class estate model.Despite being capable of transporting between 640 and 1,820 litres of kit (which is van-like capacities), the sixth generation E-Class estate also delivers all the driving dynamics associated with a very sophisticated and premium saloon...

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MINI described its new Countryman model as the ‘biggest and most versatile model to be launched in the brand's 57-year history' and after many miles driving around the South Wales countryside in the car I couldn't agree more.Despite having the largest dimensions of any MINI with ample room inside for five adults, the car still oozes all the characteristics associated with the marque and that translates into fun, fun and yet more fun.It's a vehicle that always turns heads and this...

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