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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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THIS is the sporty top model of Skoda's best-selling Octavia range which is the most powerful to date.The Octavia vRS 245 will be on the road in late July.It comes as a hatchback or estate and is fitted with a 2.0 TSI engine which produces 245bhp giving the hatch version a sprint time from 0to 62 mph in just 6.6 seconds, 6.7seconds for the estate.It is the most powerful Octavia in the Czech company's history and also comes with many exterior and interior features and details to...

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AS the dark clouds of World War Two cleared from British skies, one manufacturer was off to a flying start in the sports car sales stakes.As peace descended the MG factory at Abingdon whipped the wraps off the TC Midget, a little car with a big heart which set the company's fortunes on track towards the 1950s.The TC Midget is probably one of the best-known MGs to come out of the Abingdon factory. The production lines had seen six years of producing tanks, armoured cars and aircraft...

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WHEN I was a small boy and there were many more makes and models of car on the roads, I could name every one of them as we went on a journey.I was a car fanatic from the first day I rode in one and I'm still very much the same now - despite the crowded roads we all have to face.But the other day, I met my young self - or at least - a four-year-old boy who is just as much of a car nut as I was at the same age.And he too can name every car he sees on the road, reeling off a litany of...

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JAGUAR is planning to capitalise on the success of the award winning F-PACE with the launch of its second SUV at a price which will shake up the luxury crossover market.The new E-PACE will cost from £28,500 - just a few hundred pounds more than the cheapest XE saloon and some £6,000 less than its bigger brother.As such the new Jaguar will be pitched against the likes of the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.Styled in similar fashion to the F-PACE - voted the World Car of the Year only a few...

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SO what will Brexit mean to the British motorist?The only safe prediction is that costs of buying and running a car are extremely unlikely to fall.But many drivers are fearing the worst with the spectre of more expensive motoring waiting in the wings.With Brexit negotiations launched, new research reveals that millions of British drivers are preparing to see costs soar when it comes to car buying and maintenance following the UK's departure from the EU.As the nation speculates about...

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MOTORISTS planning to drive their cars on the Continent this summer are being warned to make sure they don't fall foul of the law.The warning applies specifically to company car drivers and those who lease their vehicles.According to a survey just carried out by vehicle leasing specialists LeasePlan UK, more than 15 per cent of Brits who take their cars abroad have admitted to driving on the wrong side of the road and only one in five bother to learn foreign laws in advance of getting...

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KIA may be coming a bit late to the fast-growing compact SUV sector but once the front-wheel-drive Stonic arrives in the UK in October it is expected to become one of the Korean car maker's top selling models.Unveiled this week this five-door, five-seater compact SUV, which is based on Kia's current Rio platform, is likely to start at a competitive price of between £14,500 and £15,000, smack bang up against the established rival pair of the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.The Stonic...

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THE Audi A1 was the company's answer to the BMW MINI and while it's nowhere near as funky and special, it is very high quality and drives beautifully.There can be few cars that won so many accolades within such a short time of launch and having driven three or four different versions, I can see what all those judges meant.The quality can be seen wherever you look, from the soft touch materials all around to the excellent technology and the way every switch works so beautifully.The...

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TRADITIONAL car making has come back to Britain's original motor city thanks to a huge investment by Jaguar Land Rover.The company has formally opened a new £7 million Classic Works facility in Coventry to restore classic cars from both brands and create new versions of famous icons like the famed Lightweight E-Type.Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works is an all-new 14,000 sq m purpose-built facility in Ryton-on-Dunsmore which sees ten countrywide operations spanning sales, servicing and...

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