Haitham Razagui (Pron: Hay-thum Ra-zar-ghee) is a journalist and graphic
As soon as he could talk, British-born Haitham was impressing relatives with
his ability to identify even obscure vehicles and as soon as he could read, he
soon built up a large collection of car magazines.
He has fond childhood memories of looking forward to Thursday nights when he
was allowed to stay up late and watch Top Gear, long before the current
hour-long format was even conceived.
His writing career also started early, at the age of 16, where he was tasked
with producing instruction manuals at a small-town school to help computer
illiterate teachers hold IT lessons.
Later studying Communication, Authoring and Design at Coventry University, he
developed a taste for Italian sports saloons (Lancias Alfas and Fiats), which
forced him to learn a lot about vehicle maintenance and the dark art that is
Graduation soon turned into a successful career as a technical writer and
information designer. His curiosity and versatility suited the role well and he
was able to cover diverse subject matter including software, company
procedures, telecommunications, vehicle diagnostics and military hardware -
including "very simple" instructions for a mine-clearing device to the US
One project saw him spending a couple of months at Ericsson's R&D centre in
Budapest, Hungary and instead of accepting a flight on company expenses, he
chose to drive for the opportunity of a road trip and to max his car on
Germany's Autobahns. (The tuned Rover 600 Turbo reached 240km/h before the
An 18 month career break from 2006 saw him riding a Royal Enfield motorbike
across India and driving a 1970s Volkswagen Kombi around Australia.
Both modes of transport tested Haitham's mechanical skills (and patience) but
these qualities also paid off as he was able to work servicing cars and
changing tyres for three months in a Perth service centre to fund part of his
On his return to the UK in 2008, he carried on writing and designing
instruction manuals for two more years before packing it all in and coming back
to Australia in early 2010.
Puzzling over how to combine his life-long passion for all things automotive
with his ability to write, design and organise information, he turned to John
Mellor for advice. John’s response was "come and work for me".
Haitham worked in the GoAuto newsroom for exactly three years before taking his
second big Aussie road-trip and moving to Queensland's Sunshine Coast, where he
now works as a freelancer and regularly contributes to GoAuto.