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Andrew Noakes has been a motoring writer since 1992. After completing an honours degree in automotive engineering at Loughborough University he joined Fast Car magazine where he concentrated on technical articles and in-depth product tests. Within a year he was promoted to technical editor and soon after became deputy editor, then moved to the new launch Retro as editor. In 1996 he relaunched the magazine as Classics, and was editor and then editor-in-chief for more than six years, at the same time acting as an in-house consultant on new launches and relaunches. In 2002 he left to become a freelance writer.

Since then he has written for a wide range of publications on new cars, classic cars and automotive technology. He has written more than a dozen car books, and won the Guild's Timo Makinen Trophy in 2007 for Ford Cosworth DFV: The Inside Story of F1's Greatest Engine. He also regularly appears on BBC local radio as a motoring pundit.

Alongside his freelance work, Andrew is a senior lecturer at Coventry University, where he teaches on the Guild-supported Masters degree in Automotive Journalism. In 2012 he was co-winner of the Coventry University Students' Union award for most innovative use of technology in learning.