Autocar at 125: motoring icons share their birthday wishes

I’ve been a regular reader of Autocar for almost as long as I can remember – even as a wee boy watching my big brother, Jimmy Stewart, race cars for Ecurie Ecosse, Aston Martin and Jaguar. It was a wonderful magazine then and it’s even more wonderful that it’s still in circulation today. Autocar has been part not only of motoring but also, more specifically in my world, of motorsport itself. Happy anniversary and congratulations for keeping the ball rolling for so many years.

Simon Saunders – Managing director, Ariel Motor Co.

From the 1898 Ariel De Dion Tricycle to the 2020 Ariel Atom, Autocar has been there with valued opinion and critical comment every mile of the journey. What an amazing achievement. 

Chris Harris – Top Gear presenter and former Autocar writer

The happiest days of my working life were at Autocar. It was and still is the best place to learn this trade; the sheer turnover of cars means you’re always experiencing something new. But one thing stands out in my memory above all the supercars, road trips and photoshoots: we were always smiling or laughing. I wouldn’t have the life I love without Autocar. Happy birthday, old girl.

Lord Anthony Bamford –  Chairman, JCB

Many congratulations on reaching your 125th birthday. As a devoted car enthusiast, Autocar is one of my most anticipated weekly reads, and I particularly enjoy learning about new engineering innovations that are being introduced. In a world of increasing digitisation, your magazine also proves week in and week out that print and online can exist successfully side by side. My best wishes for the future.

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Jim Farley – CEO and President, Ford


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