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 first Lamborghini
The 350 GTV was a one-off that ran for the first time 26 years after it was built. But its significance is incalculable. Peter Robinson drove it
Mercedes used to build the best cars in the world then, one day, it decided not to. Peter Robinson recalls what happened next
Dodge Viper: Veni, vidi, vici
What would Modenese supercar royalty make of the Dodge Viper? To Peter Robinson, it was question he simply had to answer
‘The best engineered failure in motoring history’
The Volkswagen Phaeton was the best engineered luxury car of its era. Was that enough to ensure its success? Not even close, says Peter Robinson
Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise
Think the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the biggest car event in the world? It’s not even close, says Peter Robinson
When Ford lost its way
And how one test in one magazine helped change the approach of one of the world’s largest car companies. Peter Robinson was the man who wrote it
Ferrari F50: An F1 car for the road?
The F50 is the most under-rated Ferrari hypercar, but it was the first that genuinely put F1 technology in the hands of the driver, says Peter Robinson
An unhappy marriage
The SLR was the result of two contrasting visions – those of Mercedes and McLaren’s Gordon Murray. Peter Robinson remembers the result
The birth of the Porsche 928
It never did replace the 911 as intended but, says Peter Robinson, that didn’t stop the 928 becoming a design icon all by itself
‘Good design should be honest’
How did Butzi Porsche create the original 911 shape, and what makes it so enduring? Twenty-five years ago, Peter Robinson sat down and asked him