Back to writers >

Andrew Frankel

Ti co-founder

Andrew lists his only talents as being able to drive cars and write English, so is grateful not to have been born in 19th century France. As well as being a Ti co-founder, he is senior contributing writer to Autocar and Motor Sport and writes weekly for Goodwood and quarterly for Magneto. He was the Sunday Times’ chief car tester for 17 years and remains a Car Of The Year jury member. He races whatever and whenever he can, from brand new GT cars to massive old Edwardians.

When not on the road he lives quietly with his family in the Wye Valley. ‘From city cars to supercars, I am drawn to those that know what they are for,’ he says. ‘I’d far rather a car did one thing really well than be fair to middling at everything.’ Which is why among his small accumulation of inexpensive old cars you’ll find an original Fiat 500, a Caterham Seven and the Series III Land Rover in which he passed his test.

Professional hero:

Stirling Moss. All I ever wanted a driver to be, both in and out of the car

First race:

Caterham at Brands Hatch. Qualified P12, got to P4, sniffed a podium, fell off, finished P12

Perfect road trip:

An appallingly early start, a very long distance and alone

"Cars have brought more freedom to more people than any other invention in history. But if this work is to continue, they have to evolve. Will the price be paid in driving pleasure? It already is. Is that a price worth paying? Without a doubt. But I will not go gentle into that good night. I’ll go hard, fast and, with luck, ever so slightly sideways"

ti icon

Stories by Andrew Frankel

See All Articles