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.
Stirling Moss. All I ever wanted a driver to be, both in and out of the car
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"
Our Cars: McLaren Artura
What is McLaren’s most important car like to live with? So far, so very good indeed, says Andrew Frankel, who’s been on the lookout for niggles
Lewis Hamilton to Ferrari. Why?
It was a move as unexpected as it was shocking. Andrew Frankel wonders whether his prime motivation was to join Ferrari, or leave Mercedes
Sideways to victory!
There’s a new competitor on the historic rally scene. And it’s as fun as it looks. Andrew Frankel samples a muscle car like no other
Along came a Spyder: Porsche 718 Spyder RS v Boxster GTS 4.0
The new Spyder RS is here to steal its sister’s thunder. But after a day in the mountains, Andrew Frankel concludes it’s not quite as simple as that
BMW 1M: The perfect blend?
BMW’s 1 Series M Coupé might just provide the ideal balance between old and new. Andrew Frankel heads for the hills to find out
(Another) Ineos Grenadier review
Ineos says it’s fixed the Grenadier. Andrew Frankel spends a week in one on road and off to find out if that’s true
Staying in touch
If you want a fun car, forget power and grip. Just get one that feels right. Andrew Frankel shares a life lesson learned many years ago
Our Cars: McLaren Artura
What is McLaren’s most important car like to live with? Over the next few months, Andrew Frankel intends to find out
Our Cars: Citroën 2CV
Old 2CVs come on a very particular type of tyre. How much difference to the driving experience would a new set make? Andrew Frankel finds out
McLaren 750S review
It looks like a gently facelifted 720S but, as Andrew Frankel discovers on road and track, there’s rather more to it than that