Richard Bremner has been writing about cars for 39 years, and obsessing about them for a lot longer. He began at Motor (later absorbed by Autocar), before joining Car, where he spent 13 years in various roles including editor. A highlight was persuading Ferrari to lend him a 512 TR to drive to the Sahara, this the first of several ambitious overseas adventures.
He later co-founded Channel 4’s now regrettably defunct early 2000s website 4car, was a series editor for Channel 4’s Driven motoring programme and spent several years on the staff of Autocar, to which he continues to contribute. He has also written for the Sunday Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and many motoring titles. He has occasionally raced, most memorably (for him) in three 24-hour Citroën 2CV races.
Before scribbling he worked for Austin Rover, where he monitored declining sales and forecast the prospects for reversing that trend with as-yet unannounced models. Well, you can dream.
Bremner is known among colleagues for his ludicrous fleet of 12 cars, ranging from a Leyland Princess to an Austin 1300 GT, and an Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV to a modern Alpine A110. A few of them – Alpine included – even run.
"I like cars that are no bigger than they need to be, that are designed with beauty in mind, provide tactile satisfaction and – easy to say – do what they're supposed to do. If they achieve this a little differently, so much the better"
Our Cars: BMW 650i Sport
A budget V8 bruiser, bought for a few thousand. But will it stay that way? Richard Bremner prays to the gods of maintenance bills
Blunder Buses: Sterling 825
British luxury with Japanese reliability. What could possibly go wrong? Richard Bremner examines why the Sterling 825 failed so badly in the US
Blunder Buses: Lancia Beta
The Beta was a fabulous car which would have transformed Lancia’s fortunes but for one glaring oversight. Richard Bremner remembers its rise and terrible fall