Ron Hammerton is our senior writer.
A veteran of more than 40 years in journalism and the motor industry, Ron
Hammerton is one of the most experienced writers covering the Australian
motoring scene today.
He cut his teeth in country newspapers in Mildura and Bendigo, and then spent
13 years with Melbourne's Herald Sun - Australia's biggest-selling daily
newspaper - where he became deputy chief sub-editor.
In 1986 he was attracted into the role of motoring editor, reviewing cars and
covering both the motor industry and motor racing.
In 1991, he became editor of the Automotive Business section of The Australian
with John Mellor's Melbourne-based production team, before switching to the
other side of the automotive industry fence in 1993 to become public relations
manager for Honda Australia, rising to the rank of general manager.
From 2001, he spent eight years providing marketing writing services to GM
Holden. During that time, he also indulged his passion for motor racing by
accepting the media manager's role with the HSV Dealer Team as it won
back-to-back V8 Supercar championships with Rick Kelly and Garth Tander in
In January 2009, Ron returned to John Mellor's GoAutoMedia, this time as a
sub-editor and senior writer for GoAuto.com.au and the weekly
In 2010, he was appointed managing editor, a position he held until his
semi-retirement in 2013.
Ron brings to the GoAutoMedia team a broad understanding of news management as
well as a vital knowledge of the paradigms that drive the motor industry.