I joined Autosport magazine in 1984, after a year on the road as a freelance. It was not long before I began to write a regular column called  Globetrotter, which came about because of all the travelling I was doing. This led to a commission from Hamlyn Publishing to write "The World Atlas of Motor Racing". The book did well, selling 40,000 copies and, unknown to me, influenced a whole generation of young F1 fans, with its descriptions of the world's racing circuits - and great illustrations from the artist Jim Bamber.

Later I decided to embark on a new challenge, outside motor racing and researched and wrote "The Man who Caught Crippen, the story of Henry Kendall, who went to sea as a cabin boy at 15 and by the age of 32 had become the captain of one of the largest Atlantic liners. He survived shipwrecks, torpedoes, icebergs, attempted murder, scorpion bites, sharks, fevers , flying bombs and even an escaped leopard.

The book was later translated as "La Vie Extraordinaire de Henry Kendall".