Richard Aucock is an experienced motoring writer who’s lived and breathed cars all his life, and professionally for two decades. He’s won awards for his work and is a former Chairman of the professional body for automotive journalists, the Guild of Motoring Writers.
He’s currently Managing Director at Motoring Research, a content editorial agency that’s provided everything motoring since 1986. In between testing cars, Richard drives a six-cylinder BMW, a Mk2 Golf GTI, rides a Honda VFR800 and a road bike, and runs a lot.
A brief bio
My first words were printed back in 1993 when I was 15, in the Italian Car Club’s Auto Italia magazine. I drove a Fiat Cinquetento at the club’s annual show in an autotest. I won, and I haven’t looked back.
My first road test car was a Fiat too, a borrowed Bravo from the local dealer. I wrote this while at King Edward VI College in Stourbridge, writing for the local newspaper about home-grown BTCC driver Matt Neal at the same time.
Matt also helped me win the Sir William Lyons Award, by agreeing to an interview with a nervous 18 year old. This was half of my entry: the other half was a feature piece, which I wrote on super cars. Two years earlier, I’d written about a journey in the future, which won me the Guild’s 1996 IMCO Motoring Writer of the Future prize. All pieces are available for review.
I continued my efforts to become a motoring journalist while at the University of Birmingham, where I studied Mechanical Engineering. When I wasn’t, and when I wasn’t being Chairman of Birmingham University Motor Club, I was reporting for Club Autosport, or writing for Truck & Van Mart, or typing features for Jaguar Monthly.
Such freelance work, via a well-timed note on the Guild website, saw me begin to write for Motoring Research in 2000. My first project was on the MSN Cars site. I joined as a full-time staffer soon after and have been there full-time ever since, working on the MSN Cars project throughout.
As an editorial agency, Motoring Research has other clients too (PistonHeads, Top Gear and City A.M. to name but a few). I manage some of these, contribute to the others, which is why no two hours are the same, never mind days.
The Guild of Motoring Writers
The Guild gave me my break into motoring journalism; I have sinceserved as its Chairman, and been on the committee for a decade. I’m currently Publicity Officer.
My work at the Guild complements my full-time role at Motoring Research. With a growing family too, I’m not short of things to keep me busy.
And, fuelled by coffee, I am loving every second of it.