Amit wanted to be the lead guitarist for Guns n Roses, a computer game programmer, a race driver and an automotive designer at different stages in his life. Then, after reading one too many car magazines, the perks of being a motoring journalist dawned on him, and the rest, as the cliché goes, is history. Even though he spent the first five years of his career largely doing boring non-car stuff for various newspapers, the last 12 have been purely as a motoring hack. As you’ve probably noticed, he currently edits one of the best automotive publications in the country.
Sony grew up in India at a time when drivers had the luxury of choosing between a Hindustan Ambassador or a Premier Padmini, and the only place to spot exotics were bedroom walls. No wonder then that he still thinks it takes three boxes to make a proper car. He drives a Camry and his favourite car in the whole wide world is a Jag. Yet he’s not a sexagenarian, although as far as journalistic experience goes, he is. As deputy editor, he’s like a wheels uncle, representing the shred of responsibility and wisdom that nobody else on the team seems to have.
After learning to speak by reciting model names of cars rolling down the street below, Dejan learned to drive on a donkey, clutching a steering wheel out of a wrecked Opel Rekord and with imagination playing a big part. Dejan then quickly progressed to things with actual wheels, including ‘his’ first vehicle he got at 11; a Fiat tractor. A lifetime of driving passion eventually ended up with a hope of an engineering degree, but a hateful science teacher put an end to that. He took the easy way out and became a journalist working in the field for the last 13 years, and with cars specifically since 2007.
Imran is muscle car mad. You can’t really blame him for being fixated with those colourful Seventies yank tanks — they’re a rare sight around the tiny streets of London, where he grew up watching Burt Reynolds on the telly out-running the law in Smokey and the Bandit…Over 1,000 times. He hasn’t been the same since GM shut Pontiac down. That’s probably why he never lets anyone else within 10 yards of his two beautiful Firebirds. He began his career as a sports journalist over 16 years ago and has been an integral part of wheels magazine for the last seven years.
Kinan is a car buff with a vast collection of car magazines amassed over the last 20 years. As online content editor of wheels, he has a keen eye for detail when it comes to editing and specifications of cars. He is also a qualified mechanical engineer, with specialisation in automobiles. While he has nothing against supercars, he thinks the most important aspect of a car is its reliability. We forgive his choice of personal car, a 2015 Kia Optima, because he’s the nicest person in the world and the car has loads of rear legroom.
The love of cars and the thrills of being behind the wheel of fast cars, prompted Fadi to leave a successful career in human resources management and become to be a full-time automotive journalist. Fadi believes you can’t operate in any field without having a distinctive opinion about that specific area. So he doesn’t shy away from professing his love and admiration for Italian cars, specifically Ferrari. Despite the considerable experience gained in the world of journalism, Fadi still sees himself as that boy infatuated by cars, and takes special care to make sure that passion doesn’t give way to professional monotony.