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Andrew English


Andrew has been testing cars, trucks and motorcycles for more than 35 years. He is motoring correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, writes for a number of magazines and sits on the Car Of The Year jury. He lives in Cornwall and is married with two children and a collection of unreliable old cars and motorcycles.

‘It’s a cliché to say you learn something new every day,’ he says, ‘but I find that you learn most new things from the experts in their fields: people like Mike Cross at Jaguar, Jürgen Pützschler at Volkswagen and Matt Becker of Lotus, Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover.’

First car:

Ford Cortina 1500 GT, rust holes in the wings, single Weber carb and virtually no grip in the wet

Professional hero:

Allan Winn, first editor at Commercial Motor magazine. The man who told me as he took me on: 'You can write you know. You don't know it, but you can'

Perfect road trip:

Yet to come, but in my Triumph GT6 with its TR5 2.5 'six' under the bonnet and Mrs English and Herbie the Labrador down the west coast of France

"A car represents an escape hatch from oppression and drudgery when it threatens to overwhelm, both physically and mentally. I've always seen my car as a sentinel in a garage, full of fuel, a map on the back seat and ready at the turn of the key to change the scenery and all things for the better"

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