Mel worked for Wheels magazine and edited Sports Car World in Australia before coming to the UK, where he edited Car from 1974 to 1981. He went often to Modena, Turin, Stuttgart and Munich and became known for vivid drive stories in fast cars. Jeremy Clarkson called Mel’s story Convoy! – about driving three Lamborghinis from Modena to London – ‘the best-ever drive story’ and says it inspired him to write about cars.
From 1987 to 2009 Mel was editorial director of Autocar, What Car?, Classic & Sports Car, Autosport, F1 Racing and PistonHeads. He has contributed to Car and Driver and Motor Trend and was a founding columnist of Automobile. His book And The Revs Keep Rising contains 50 of his articles about great drives in fast cars.
"I’ve loved cars since I was three or four. I was lucky enough to become a journalist; trained in newspapers, then switched to car magazines to combine my passion with my skills and have enjoyed the happiest of careers"
Every picture tells a story
Mel Nichols chooses his favourite photographs from a motoring journalism career spanning more than 50 years
Interview: Maximum Bob – Part two
In the concluding part of our interview, Mel Nichols explains that while others of his age reached for the pipe and slippers, Bob Lutz went into overdrive
Interview: Maximum Bob – Part one
Bob Lutz’s contribution to the car industry simply beggars belief. Now aged 91, he spoke to Mel Nichols about his extraordinary career
How the Bulldog regained its bite
In 1980 the Aston Martin Bulldog looked like the first 200mph road car, but never got the chance to show it. Now it’s back to prove a point, writes Mel Nichols
The greatest Porsche 911 of all? Part two
What it was like to watch the RSR win the 1973 Targa Florio, by Mel Nichols, and what the car is like to drive today, by Karun Chandhok
Back to the Piccolo Madonie
How would a Porsche Cayman S fare on the toughest circuit of them all? Mel Nichols retraced the route of the Targa Florio to find out
The life and work of David E. Davis, Jr.
David E. Davis, Jr. called himself ‘the most influential automotive journalist of our time’. What’s more, he was right, recalls his friend Mel Nichols
Two Espadas, 47 years
In 1976 Mel Nichols drove a Lamborghini Espada nearly 1000 miles in a day. Now he drives Harry Metcalfe’s similar car to see if it’s as good as he remembered
Spen King was a truly visionary engineer. Which, says Mel Nichols, is how he came to design the Range Rover, while others laughed at the idea
To the power of 12
Almost 5000 miles across America in 10 days. Mel Nichols could think of no better car than the Jaguar XJ12 for a truly epic trip