Autometrix Publications

My association with Autometrix Publications goes back to 2000, when I became a columnist for Audi Driver magazine. A short time later, I was added to the roster of columnists on its sister publication Volkswagen Driver. Both of these enthusiast magazines served a dedicated fan base in the UK and elsewhere until, sadly, the relentless onslaught of digital media caught up with the print business model in 2019 and Autometrix folded (literally and financially).

As well as publishing the monthly issues of the magazines themselves, Autometrix also ran two extremely popular annual events - GTI International and Audi Driver International. The latter was held at Castle Combe race track in Wiltshire. As well as static displays, vendor stalls, a concours and show 'n' shine, participants were also able to take their own private cars for a whiz around the track or enjoy a few hot laps in specialist cars brought to the event by race teams and Audi UK. After a day at the track, the event was rounded off in the evening by the Audi Driver Annual Awards dinner attended by fans, clubs, dealerships and independent suppliers. The award winners in each category were determined by reader votes.

 

In 2012, I was surprised and delighted to receive the Audi Driver Personality of the Year award. In later years, I was invited by Autometrix to provide paddock commentary at Castle Combe during the day and then compere the awards dinner in the evening.

ADI Award 2012

Receiving the Audi Driver Personality of the Year Award in 2012 from the late Brian Laban

Show Shine awards_edited

I also got to present awards. This one went to the 2017 winner of the Show 'n' Shine

R8 with Steve_edited

Preparing for a few hot laps around the Castle Combe circuit in an R8 V10 Plus with Steve Warburton, an instructor from the Audi Driving Experience team

Porsche and shed

Two extremes - more hot laps at Castle Combe, this time in the Porsche Carrera Cup GT3 race car by suspension specialists MSS and driven by Tom Wrigley, while the Fastest Shed cools down in the paddock

Awards compere

I compered the Audi Driver Awards evening from 2016 until 2018

Fastest shed track

One of my more unusual trips around the circuit - inside the World's Fastest Shed powered by a 450 hp Audi 2.7l V6 biturbo

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