Like my dear friend and colleague Chris Rooke, I’ve been asked by the legend that is Dean Blundell to write an intro for our readers so that they can get to know me a little. Unlike Mr. Rooke, I fucking LOVE to talk about myself so strap in, here we go.
Before anything else: Cars.
I love ’em. The engineering, the way they look, the bonds that people form with these big complex machines. Nobody comes to love a dishwasher, but they do come to love cars. When race cars go flying by you and the rumble in your chest triggers that caveman fight or flight instinct but then you think, fuck yeah! We made those! It’s irrational but it makes me happy and that’s all I need.
Already sponsored by Marlboro and McLaren at just four years old, no crash helmet would fit my head.
I was born in the seaside town of Sunderland right up on the Northeast coast of England in the year of our Lord 1991 where I did wholesome childhood things like playing football (the one with your feet), trespassing, skirmishing with other kids, and underage drinking. My saintly parents knew some folks who had moved to Mississauga so we came on over for a holiday to check it out and all agreed that we liked what we had found. Then the time came to actually move here. That was pretty terrifying but we managed it and I think it made me a better and more adventurous person.
After high school I went to Guelph to study English because I was good at it and I was lazy. What I should have done was take a year off and work to gain some perspective but instead I skipped school, smoked weed, and played video games a lot. Thanks to a lot of hard work (that could have been avoided if I’d done things properly) and an angelic guidance counselor named Shannon Lapenskie I finally graduated from Guelph in 2013. The road to wisdom has been a long one for me and I’d say I’m still only about 2% along it.
After school, a friend of mine named Sean Dick got me involved with MyWhipp, a company he started to bring car enthusiasts around the GTA together at meets and events. I started my Instagram page (@whippstagram) and began writing about the cars that I think are special. This was an important moment for me as it gave me a small audience and the freedom to write about anything I wanted. I’m still doing it to this day.
While that was ticking over nicely Chris got me involved with Highlight Hub, a sports media startup where I was given the job of running the motorsport side of things. I learned a lot there and it set me up really well for this gig, which also came from the honourable Mr Rooke. I jumped at the chance to work with a legend like Dean and here we are now. I can’t wait to share my many, many, many opinions on cars with you all.