Ian has been fascinated with cars since his primary school days in the 1950s
and started writing about the automotive industry when he joined The Age
business desk in 1971, when there were nine manufacturers and assemblers in
He has interviewed every Federal Industry Minister since the late Sir Phillip
Lynch and has owned several Australian-made cars. He still owns a 1964 Morris
Cooper S made in the Sydney suburb of Zetland.
After 10 years as business editor of the The Advertiser in Adelaide, Australia’
s other MoTown, Ian came back to Melbourne with the Australian Financial
Review. He returned to The Age as business editor before becoming motoring
writer. He has been contributing to GoAuto since he left The Age in 2008.
On weekends, Ian was usually reporting motor racing for AAP and Auto Action,
reporting on all the Formula One Australian Grands Prix in Adelaide. In 1978 he
fulfilled his dream of following the Formula One circus around Europe’s most
famous tracks as Colin Chapman’s Lotus 79 carried Mario Andretti to the title.