Ben Oliver began his motoring journalism career at Autocar, succeeding Andrew Frankel and Chris Harris as Road Test Editor before realising he wasn’t a good enough driver and departing for Car magazine, where he still finds excuses to take cars to odd, remote or dangerous parts of the world he wanted to visit anyway.
His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world and garnered awards, which can add up to a fiver to his fees, though not at The Intercooler. He subsidises his motoring journalism by writing speeches for people who’d prefer you to think they write their own, and with a business that does public relations and makes podcasts.
A used 1987 Nissan Micra bought from my hard-headed grandmother for full market value
Honoured to write for Ti alongside three of them: Robinson, Nichols and Frankel
Fondest driving memory:
Taking a standard Mini to 18,000ft in the Indian Himalayas: not sure if ‘fond’ is the right word though
"Writing about cars allows you to write about almost everything. The car influences and is influenced by so many aspects of our lives and society – travel, tech, the environment, the law, finance and the rest – that being a motoring journalist has never felt like a constraint"
Think you know the names of those who wield the greatest power in the car industry? Ben Oliver is here to make you think again
Our Cars: Porsche 911 (996) Carrera 2
Lionised when new then shunned, does the 996 deserve to come in from the cold? Ben Oliver knew there was only one way to find out for sure
Ferrari film review
Hollywood films about motorsport rarely do justice to their subjects. Is Michael Mann’s Enzo biopic any different asks Ben Oliver
Genuinely worthwhile collaborations or just peddling expensive bikes? Ben Oliver argues we all win when car makers turn their attention to two wheels
EV charging: A Ti manifesto
What needs to be done to the EV charging network, before it’s too late. Ben Oliver is the man with the plan
Boom or bust?
Should you be thinking about investing in the car industry? Ben Oliver puts his money where his mouth is
The argument for EV classics
Is electrifying an old classic car sensible or sacrilegious? Ben Oliver has driven a few and is convinced EV classics have their place
I Witnessed: Lotus launch five cars at once
Could Lotus really bring five brand new cars to market? At the 2010 Paris Motor Show it briefly looked like it might. An agog Ben Oliver was there
Crossing the Darien Gap
Fifty years ago today, two rather second hand-looking blue Range Rovers arrived at Cape Horn, the southernmost point of Chile's Tierra del Fuego...
Fangio and my father
The Platinum Jubilee may be dominating the headlines and the life of the nation as we publish this, but another anniversary is being more quietly marked...