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OUR site editor is from a car-mad family background and has been motoring writer for more than three decades, starting on newspapers (Whanganui Chronicle, Taranaki Herald, Manawatu Standard) then progressively migrating to print magazines then the internet, initially with XtraMSN Motoring then Yahoo! New Zealand and MotoringNetwork.
He’s gone places, done stuff. Ferrari at Modena; Peugeots in places where the locals can be bribed into forgetting about the speed limits; a Ford in the Yukon; another through the means streets of Detroit. He’s felt extreme cold and extreme heat; been chased by cops with big guns, held Enzo’s actual purple pen, sat in Henry’s home.
Crashes? A rally car in an Army artillery range; triple rolling into a creek in the snow. Not a scratch. A Honda road car on a Japanese test track: This time hospital. He was riding shotgun on both occasions. Now he just drives. It’s safer.
Yada-ya. He’s won awards and somehow got to be the youngest member of an elite international jury to select the Car of The Century in 2000 (don’t ask, he’ll bore you to death).He lives with Carol, his wife, on a rural property near Palmerston North. They have animals, a giant Scalextric set, two Subarus and a pair of NA series Mazda MX-5s: one for the road, the other for the track.
FROM the Formula One mecca that is the city of Milton Keynes in England - actually, more relevant motorsport cred is from it being situated next to the historical Silverstone circuit - Lewis has come to New Zealand to establish the Lewis Gardner Photography Studio, an autos photography-dedicated facility set up in Whanganui.
To date, the most expensive car he has driven was a modern Mercedes SLS. Admittedly, he only reversed it a tad, but that still counts, right? Having also had opportunity to drive around Hampton Downs in an Audi RS5 while chasing V8 SuperTourer driver Andrew Waite in an Audi R8, he thinks he’s ready for the big time. So how long before we see a second Lewis in F1?
ILLUSTRATOR and writer Josh Byrnes' passion for motoring started when growing up in the quiet Manawatu township of Ashhurst.
His love of car-spotting was tinged with frustration: "I absolutely hated the look of most mainstream cars from back then ... they looked like they were designed by an accountants' department. A distinct lack of imagination.”
From here a passion for automotive design grew; sketching was done whenever he could. He also started to communicate with car companies; a bold step for a schoolboy that paid off when 1990s' head of Jaguar design Geoff Lawson wrote back to advise Josh to "to follow my passion and develop my drawing skills whenever I could - which I certainly did."
After studying a Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging, which covered a multi array of disciplines from graphic design, illustration, photography and marketing - "all of which has further helped to improve my approach as an artist" - he fell into creating spy-shot based illustrations: The skillset that brings him here.
Josh’s other Interests include photography, architecture, motorsport (rallying, V8 Supercars, Targa, rallycross), finding great driving roads and “everything Subaru-related” (though he now owns a current-gen Mazda6 wagon).
Richard has been doing his digital stuff for longer than he cares to recall. Having done his time with the big corporates, Richard now spends his time assisting businesses make the most of all things digital. Richard has owned Citroen, Peugeot, Holden, Toyota and Subaru cars; particular favourites among them being a 1980 Peugeot 504D and a 1987 Toyota XJ Landcruiser Troop Carrier (campervan conversion). Richard currently drives an Outback which his dog has managed to coat in hair.
Our designer started out in newspaper design, working at the Otago Daily Times and the Manawatu Standard. He now works for himself and specialises in designing websites, branding and books. He's not bad with a camera either.
His favourite car is the Matchbox Superfast Lamborghini Miura that his grandma gave him a very long time ago. These days he is happy driving his Subaru Forester - his third Subee.