Editor, Parkers Vans and Pickups
CJ has been writing about cars professionally since 2006 – and though rumours that ‘car’ was his first word remain unconfirmed, his enthusiasm goes back considerably further than that, and for better or worse he even holds a master’s degree in automotive journalism from Coventry University.
Following stints at CAR magazine and specialist automotive editorial agency Motoring Research, where he wrote for titles as diverse as Piston Heads, Auto Express, City AM and Microsoft’s MSN network, he switched to largely writing about vans and pickups in 2016, having decided it was about time he did ‘something useful’.
Highlights of what has been a considerably varied career so far include driving a Range Rover through India (Friday-night traffic in Surat has to be experienced to be believed) and a hydrogen-powered Mercedes across the Australian outback, getting a passenger ride with Ken Block, and spending six months daily-driving a Lamborghini Huracan. Long-term test vehicles have been downhill ever since.
His work has appeared in print and online right across the globe, as well as on video.
About his current role as Editor of Parkers Vans and Pickups, CJ says: ‘My goal is to deliver information and reviews that are useful and easy to understand without being over-simplified, with the emphasis firmly on the things that matter most to the operator on the ground. Even so, the ever growing number of lifestyle buyers should also find plenty to entertain them on our pages, too.’
Beyond vans and pickups, he’s also keenly focused on the latest motoring trends – especially in the areas of electrification and technology. As such, you can still find his name appearing in CAR from time to time. He remains unconvinced that a fully autonomous car will ever be offered for public sale in his lifetime, but fears legislation will continue to take the fun out of driving until we all might as well be getting the bus anyway.
Expert on… the Mazda MX-5
For his sins, his personal automotive obsession is the mk1 Mazda MX-5, of which he has owned several examples – the current one being a highly modified Eunos Roadster import that continues to suck in money like a localised black hole.
He also likes cats, books, vinyl records and currywurst. Go figure.