Ian Donaldson 1947-2022

The Guild is very sad to report the passing of our member Ian Donaldson at the age of 75, after a short battle with cancer.

Ian was a familiar figure to many members, particularly those attending new car launches over the years. He was also a regular on Guild Classic events with his replica AC Cobra and later a Porsche 911 Cabriolet.

Guild News Briefs editor Andrew Charman remembers getting to know Ian when attending his first launches in the 1990s; “When Ian was on an event you were always guaranteed a friendly and enjoyable chat, particularly as many of his wide-ranging interests chimed with mine,” Andrew said.

Ian’s long career included stints as Associate Editor and Motoring Editor of the Northants Evening Telegraph. He turned to motoring writing full-time in 1995 and went freelance two years later.

He will likely most be remembered, however, for his remarkable 25-year stint as chairman of the Midlands Group of Motoring Writers. When he stepped down earlier this year his long service to the MGMW was recognised by his being appointed as the Group’s first president. 

Ian was working until very recently, but after feeling ill late last week he was taken to hospital, and he passed away in the early hours of Saturday 29th October.

We are sure all Guild members will join in sending sincere condolences to Ian’s wife Jean, his family and very many friends inside and outside the motoring media.