Henry has been a car journalist for 15 years, cutting his road testing teeth on Evo magazine where he also held the position of Features Editor for several years. These days he can be found on Carfection presenting exceptionally high-quality films.
He adores rallying and has been lucky enough to not only compete in the British Rally Championship, but also test quite a few WRC cars. His own current car collection extends to a slightly scruffy Renault Clio 182 and most of a 1979 Escort Mk2 rally car. As well as anything automotive, Henry can also be inveigled into conversation about bicycles, coffee, golf, skiing, beer, the Jackson Lamb series, chocolate, running and P.G. Wodehouse.
I’d love a slightly scruffy Porsche 911 2.7 RS that I could daily
The 2008 Wyedean Forest Rally, driving a Peugeot 205 1.6 GTI. Still amazed we made it round
Russell Bulgin. I never tire of reading his beautifully tight, witty writing
"The sound of a Stratos in a forest. The Christmas morning excitement of trying a car for the first time. The feeling of controlled oversteer. The clear-headed freedom of an Alpine pass to yourself. These are a few of my favourite things"
Paul Stephens Autoart 993R
There’s no such thing as the perfect 911 restomod, says Henry Catchpole, as everyone wants something different. So how does the latest from Paul Stephens stack up?
Porsche 911 Sport Classic
Aside from the wild GT2 RS, the Sport Classic is the most powerful manual 911 there's been, and it’s rear drive only. Henry Catchpole takes one for an Austrian adventure
Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica
Neither the fastest nor the cheapest but something in the middle, this new Huracán Tecnica is arguably the best version yet, as Henry Catchpole explains
Citroën’s ZX Rally Raid was built for the Sahara but works surprisingly well in Sussex, as Henry Catchpole discovers when he pitches one against the Goodwood hill
The real deal?
They really should have charged another £3000. Anyone happy to lay down the requisite £552,000 (once you’ve added VAT at 20 per cent) surely wouldn’t have quibbled...
The thrill of driveways
I’ve just had a look on Rightmove, but it seems you can’t filter for ‘driveway’. Which will be a shame if I ever win a big EuroMillions rollover. Perhaps at the point a nine-figure...
Pushing to the limit
Steering is usually the first thing we learn how to do. Whether it is sitting on a lap and working an actual wheel or simply picking up a plate, frisbee or frozen pizza...
The last days of a dinosaur
You only need to take a trip to the gift shop in the Natural History Museum to realise that dinosaurs sell. A diplodocus on a T-shirt, a cuddly Tyrannosaurus Rex...
I can’t remember seeing any when I’ve visited here before and I’m sure I would have noticed. Their masts grace the skyline like bastions of wooden taste...
The Caterham of the skies
Judging by some of the Hunter S. Thompson style tales I’ve heard in bars late at night on magazine group tests, I think I joined the orbit of motoring journalism...