Gavin edited Car magazine in the late 1980s and early ’90s, the last of five consecutive Australian-born editors. At more-or-less the same time, he acted as motoring editor of The Independent – then in its heyday – and of the Paris-based International Herald Tribune (subsequently renamed The International New York Times).
The son of a well-known rally driver and TV commentator, he started his writing career in newspapers (on The Sydney Morning Herald) and his driving career at the wheel of a bright red Formula Vee. In that, he won some races, an award from the Australian Racing Drivers Club (ARDC) as Best Newcomer of 1976, and subsequently had a big accident which broke his right leg. Undeterred he graduated to Formula Ford in a Van Diemen imported from the UK.
He came to the UK in 1980 to report on Alan Jones’ World Championship winning year. He raced through the ’80s and early ’90s, including a frenzied three years in the one-make Renault 5 GT Turbo championship. He is particularly fond of old Citroëns and old Italian sports cars, and is also partial to Porsches of a certain vintage. Forty years on, he still writes for Car, and enjoys riding his bicycle, swimming, and walking a very energetic black sprocker spaniel.
A Leyland P76. It was one of the ugliest cars ever made but had a V8 and a big boot and was perfect for towing the Formula Vee
A tatty early 911 that I’d use as my daily driver
Fondest driving memory:
Competing in the 1993 London to Sydney Marathon re-run with my dad in an Escort Mexico. He did the original event, in 1968, and was dying of cancer. It was an incredible journey in a terrific little car
“I was spoilt by learning to drive in my mum’s Alfasud. Ever since I’ve loved small, nimble, intelligently designed cars. I have tried to champion such cars. Looking around me, it clearly hasn’t worked”
From the Library – The joy of maps
Satellite navigation may get you where you’re going, but only maps have the power to stir your soul, says the cartophile Gavin Green
Purpose-built EVs enjoy such design freedom they should all look fabulous. So why don’t they? Gavin Green has the answer
Who is BYD?
If you’ve not heard of BYD, you soon will. Gavin Green reports on the rise and rise of the most important new car company since Tesla
Would the Jaguar XJ220 really do 220mph? There was only one way to find out: belt in an F1 star and let it go. Gavin Green sat beside him
Drivers versus cyclists
Or is that the wrong way to look at it? Gavin Green loves cycling as much as driving and reckons the two groups are not as far apart as they sometimes seem
My friend, Russell Bulgin
He was perhaps the greatest motoring journalist of the modern era, taken from us far too young. His working life is remembered here by his friend Gavin Green
Godzilla and me: The story of the Nissan GT-R
Gavin Green pens a personal reflection on times spent in Japan’s most enduring supercar and tries to get to the heart of its extraordinary longevity
A lament to the small car
Why the systematic killing off of small cars is not just anti-environmental, it’s really sad too. And, quite rightly, it’s put Gavin Green in a bad mood
How the Honda NSX changed the world
The Honda NSX shifted the course of supercar history in general and Ferrari in particular, as Gavin Green, the first UK journalist to drive it, now recalls
The life and work of LJK Setright
Leonard Setright, LJKS to his fans, was perhaps the greatest motoring writer of all. His friend and editor Gavin Green remembers him