motoring editorial team

  • Mike Sinclair

    Mike Sinclair - Editor in Chief

    Mike Sinclair has been testing and writing about cars, motorcycles (and a bunch of other things with engines in them) for more than 20 years. In on the ground floor of the online editorial explosion, Mike helped launch CarPoint.com.au, as well as the country's leading mainstream motorcycle and marine editorial sites more than a decade ago.

    motoring.com.au and the Carsales Network's Editor-in-Chief since the Noughties, Mike is a fan of a wide range of motorsport disciplines and regularly participates in tarmac rallying. But his garage is distinctly lacking in four-wheelers currently... Pride of place is taken by motorcycles including a 1990-model Buell, two Hondas and a long suffering dirtbike.

    mike.sinclair@carsales.com.au

    Contact number: 03 9093 8600

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  • Marton Pettendy

    Marton Pettendy - Managing Editor

    Marton was appointed to the new position of Managing Editor in May 2012 after more than 22 years as an automotive journalist in the print, radio and online mediums across all facets of the industry, including automotive, motorcycle and motorsport. He started his career as a reporter and racer for the fortnightly Australian Motor Cycle News magazine in 1989, before becoming Deputy Editor, then Editor, of the weekly motorsport newspaper, Australian Auto Action.

    He was later the Deputy Editor of the monthly magazine, Motor. For the previous 11 years, Marton was the Managing Editor of GoAuto Media, where he cemented his position as one of Australia's most respected automotive journalists. The number of eclectic vehicles – both two-wheeled and four – in Marton’s garage changes too often to count, but currently includes his last racebike – a Kawasaki ZX-6R – as well as a WR426 thumper, WR500 big-bore two-stroke, an original Lada Niva paddock-basher, a 1979 HiLux workhorse and an 80 Series LandCruiser trek-truck.

    marton.pettendy@carsales.com.au

    Contact number: 03 9093 8600

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  • Ken Gratton

    Ken Gratton - News Editor

    Ken Gratton has been the news editor at Carsales for four years and has previously worked with other publishers including Glass's Guide and RL Polk Australia. Based in Melbourne he shares a home with wife and two kids, one of whom is a budding race caller for the V8s. Ken grew up with rallying, autocross and motorkhanas in a four-cylinder Ford family – but was seduced to the dark side by L-Series Datsun engines and semi-trailing arm IRS.

    His highlight for 2011 was taking the new BMW M5 for a quick series of laps at the Ascari racing circuit in Spain. In recent years he has taken more of an interest in alternative energy options for the future, but still loves 'car' films such as Ronin, Bullit, The Italian Job (1969) and recent example of the genre, Drive.

    ken.gratton@carsales.com.au

    Contact number: 03 9093 8600

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  • Matt Brogan

    Matt Brogan - Road Test Editor

    Matt Brogan has been with carsales for just over a year. His working life began as an apprentice panel beater, and Matt has since worked in fields including motoring journalism, fleet leasing and aircraft engineering.

    A fan of anything with wings or wheels, Matt's motoring interests extend to 1970s Muscle (his classic Monaro is a cracker!), British motorcycles (including modern ones) and European hot hatches -- though it's not unheard of to find him off-roading in a 4x4 or dirt biking in South-East Asia.

    matt.brogan@carsales.com.au

    Contact number: 03 9093 8600

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  • Chris Fincham

    Chris Fincham - RV Editor

    A motoring journalist for more than 10 years, Chris Fincham has driven and written about a wide variety of cars spanning the history of the automobile. An eight-year stint as editor of Unique Cars magazine fostered a passion for classic V8 muscle, and at one time he was the proud owner of a 1966 Ford Mustang.

    Switching from print to online, Chris has more recently discovered the delights of recreational vehicles as a contributor to caravancampingsales.com.au. As part of the carsales/motoring.com.au team he has gone from reviewing classic cars to more mainstream runabouts -- from peoplemovers to pick ups. He's also tested off-road vehicles on some of Australia's most challenging terrain including the legendary Canning Stock Route in Western Australia.

    chris.fincham@carsales.com.au

    Contact number: 03 9093 8600

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  • Feann Torr

    Feann Torr - Staff Journalist

    Working as online automotive journalist since 2003, Feann Torr is passionate about both cars and motorcycles -- though don't ask him which he prefers (you'll never hear the end of it). Regularly reviewing cars and motorcycles for Carsales/motoring.com.au and the Bikesales Networks, he currently owns a Honda CBR600. His first car was a 1979 Ford Falcon XC but Feann now owns a Commodore. Go figure.

    Feann is a hot hatch tragic, having competed in several Australian Tarmac Challenges (Dutton Rallies) in everything from the Mazda3 MPS to the Renault Clio RS200. He also enjoys more frugal cars, and took part in the Global Green Challenge in a Suzuki Alto, driving from Alice Springs to Adelaide on the whiff of an oily rag.

    feann.torr@carsales.com.au

    Contact number: 03 9093 8600

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  • Tim Britten Esq

    Tim Britten Esq - Contributing Journalist

    If you ask when Tim first started out as a motoring writer, he's likely to tell you it's none of your business. Which is probably a pity because he's forgotten more than most people today know about cars and the car industry.

    Let's just say he started when Volkswagen Beetles (the originals) were de rigueur and Holden had just launched its safer, more luxurious and more refined HK. In subsequent years as editor of Motor Manual magazine (which became Car Australia, also under his editorship, in 1986) he actually road-tested Phase III Falcon GTs, and even Chrysler Valiant Chargers, Six Pack and Track Pack varieties.

    Today, after seeing the world through other eyes via a community newspaper in London, a rock 'n roll newspaper in Melbourne and Street Machine magazine in Sydney, plus PR stints at a national welfare organisation and a Melbourne-based European car importer, his world view has changed from the early days as a delivery boy in an advertising agency (he worked in land surveying too, in case you ask).

    Contrary to what might be expected of a motoring writer, his extensive list of cars owned contains no exotica, but does include a few VWs, numbered among which is the pristine, original 1971 model Beetle he owns today. In a touching display of company loyalty and environmental concern, it parks in the family garage alongside his diesel Tiguan.

    tim.britten@carsales.com.au

    Contact number: 03 9093 8600

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  • Mike Bantick

    Mike Bantick - Contributing Journalist

    Having failed to grow up Mike Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and generally showing-off. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne's 3RRR-FM, in 1997 he become a core member of the technology show 'Byte Into It'.

    Having written about technology for a number of publications and websites from 2003, Bantick joined the motoring.com.au team in 2010 to focus on the gadget and gaming side of the automotive experience.

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  • Peter Lyon

    Peter Lyon - Contributing Journalist

    Peter Lyon has been reporting from Tokyo on developments in the Japanese car industry for more than 25 years. With his finger on the Japanese automotive pulse, this fluent speaker of Japanese is often the first to report on upcoming new car launches and scoop stories to a range of publications in the US, UK, Italy, Germany and Australia.

    In 2009 Perth-born Peter piloted a V8-powered Lexus IS-F in a team which (The World Car Awards team included Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi and ex-Indycar racer Hideshi Matsuda) won their class in their first 4-hour endurance race at the Nurburgring and then placed 4th in class at the 2010 Nurburgring 24-hours classic.

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  • Geoffrey Harris

    Geoffrey Harris - Contributing Journalist

    Geoffrey Harris has had a passion for motor racing for half a century. His introduction to it was at a farm fence beside public roads at Longford, Tasmania, seeing Jack Brabham and his international contemporaries dart over a long bridge, through Newry Corner and out of sight along the Flying Mile.

    But it wasn’t until almost 20 years into his journalism career, mainly in newspapers, that Harris began writing about motor racing – initially for Australia’s largest circulation daily newspaper, the Herald Sun. For eight years he was the media manager at the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, organiser of Victoria’s Formula One and motorcycle grands prix.

    In this role he gained unique insights into the business of motor sport. These days he prefers to observe in the same way as the average fan – from TV and the comfort of an armchair, while still plugged in to impeccable contacts.

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