Peter has been living on Planet Car since, as a boy, he and cousin Bruce sat on the gutter of a main road in Melbourne, Australia, watching the cars go by, arguing the virtues of European versus American versus Australian cars. After a 59-year career as a motoring writer, he appreciates how fortunate he has been to owe his livelihood to driving and writing about cars.
His career began in 1962 and by 1971 he was editor of Australia’s Wheels magazine. Offered the position of European Editor of Autocar magazine, he moved to Italy in 1988, continuing to work for Wheels. For 16 years he drove all the new models, profiled the industry’s key designers, engineers, product planners and CEOs. Peter has the distinction of having been banned for life by Ferrari. Twice.
A 1292 Pontiac paddock bomb. But it was an Austin Healey Sprite that taught me the delights of open-top motoring
Porsche 911 Carrera 2 (993). In left-hand driver to avoid the RHD model's compromised driving position
Fondest driving memory:
Discovering four of Italy’s great hillclimbs in a Ferrari 599 GTB over five days and 900 miles of pure driving magic
"What makes a car great? For me the common threads are a blend of the elegant and the practical, a dynamic character, useable performance and above all, a sense of connectedness. The cars I like don’t necessarily need to be do-everything models, but they must work over my sensibilities"
The birth of the quattro
Until 1980 Audi was a bit part player on the world stage, but the quattro changed all that. Peter Robinson talks to the people responsible for its creation
Should car company executives and car journalists ever be friends? Not if the public relations people have any say in the matter, writes Peter Robinson
The incomparable Russell Brockbank
Russell Brockbank’s artistic talent was clear in his every car cartoon. But it was his passion and humanity that made them shine, says Peter Robinson
The 0-60 man
Tom McCahill invented the 0-60mph acceleration test. British motoring magazines like The Autocar and The Motor performance tested cars more than 20 years...
When press launches go wrong
A hell of a lot goes into and hangs on new car launches. After spending millions, even billions on R&D, with marketing strategies carefully organised and production...
The life and work of Denis Jenkinson
Denis Jenkinson – DSJ to the readers, Jenks to his friends – inspired and entertained generations of enthusiasts. Jenks, wandering Europe from race circuit...
The man who saved Jaguar
The meal had been lavish and the wine magnificent beneath the chandelier of the ancient dining room in The Welcombe Hotel, a grand old English country house just outside Stratford-Upon-Avon...
‘My desire for harmony is limited’
Meeting royalty couldn't be this intimidating. I'm beginning to wonder if anyone who works for Ferdinand Piëch has ever had a beer with the bloke. Here at the 1998 Geneva show...
A life behind the lens
The image is as vivid today as it was 60 years ago when I first saw the photograph – and knew in that moment I would always love motor racing. Peter Collins’ head is in darkness...
A few weeks back I found myself listening with more than usual interest to Andrew and Dan’s weekly podcast. This was the 79th episode, the one in which they discussed the life and times...