Official: Guild member Ray Massey is Daily Mail’s longest-serving motoring editor

Guild member and Daily Mail motoring editor Ray Massey, who has been covering the motor industry for the title for nearly three decades, has now officially been confirmed as the newspaper’s longest serving motoring correspondent since the Mail itself was founded in 1896.

Ray took over the Daily Mail motoring role in 1995, after five years as the newspaper’s education correspondent, combining the role between 2000 and 2015 with rail and aviation when he was transport editor.

He succeeded his immediate predecessor Michael Kemp (who held the post at the Mail from 1971) in a line of illustrious correspondents going back to 1896 whose number included (in the 1930s) land speed record holder Sir Malcolm Campbell.

Ray said: “The Daily Mail was launched in 1896, at the very dawn of the original motoring revolution, and has been a champion of the motorist ever since.

“It’s my privilege to be reporting on the key issues facing drivers, families and consumers today as we enter a new 21st century mobility revolution – the drive to electrification – along with all the benefits and challenges that this presents, not least the shortage of charging points and the seemingly endless war on the motorist by some of those in power.

“And rest assured, despite a lifetime of motoring up to this point, there’s still plenty of tread left on my tyres for many miles more to come.”

The roll call of Mail motoring correspondents includes several Guild members, including 1954 chair Courtenay Edwards.

Mail motoring correspondents through the decades

  • Major C.G. Matson: 1905 to 1907
  • John Prioleau: 1911 ­to circa 1920-22
  • Jack Frost: 1931
  • Roger Fuller: 1932
  • Sir Malcolm Campbell, Motoring Editor:  September 4, 1931 to circa 1937
  • W.A. McKenzie: circa 1936 to 1940 and 1945 to 1947
  • F.J.C. Pignon: 1940 to 1944
  • Courtenay Edwards: 1948 to 1960
  • Denis Holmes: 1960 to 1967
  • Brian Groves: 1968 to 1971
  • Michael Kemp: 1971 to 1995 
  • Ray Massey: 1995 –