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Meet the Team

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Mark Dixon


Having trained as an archaeologist, Mark made the logical leap to writing about old cars in 1989, and has done so full-time ever since. He’s involved in every aspect of producing Octane, including a fair bit of photography, and his own classics range from a 1927 Model T Ford to a 2001 Honda Insight hybrid, via 1964 Chevy van and 1970 Lamborghini Espada.

Robert Coucher


Robert grew up with classic cars, and has owned a Lancia Aurelia B20GT, Alfa Romeo Giulietta and a Porsche 356C. He currently uses his properly sorted 1955 Jaguar XK140 as his daily driver, and is founding editor of this magazine.

Glen Waddington


Glen has been a car enthusiast pretty much from birth and, when he turned out to be a terrible architecture student, decided to turn his passion into a job. His 1983 Porsche 944 supersedes a 1974 BMW 2002 and a 1975 NSU Ro80. When he's not escaping from the office to drive and write about other exciting cars, Glen is busy polishing the pages of Octane ready to send them to the printer.

Mark Sommer


Design supremo and Alfa Romeo fetishist Mark is the first to admit he's no wordsmith, but he's the master of all Octane's aesthetics. For the purposes of this biography, think dark grey paint with oxblood leather. Aah.

Chris Bietzk


Chris joined the magazine from the world of advertising, where his colleagues struggled to understand his enthusiasm for Trabants; turns out his colleagues at Octane don’t get it, either. He spends much of his time monitoring and writing about the classic car market.

Robert Hefferon


Not (in his own words) just a well-rounded, talented and humorous magazine designer, Rob also spent time travelling and worked in Spain. His classic car dreams go well beyond the £50 Ford Fiesta with which he began his motoring life.

Jane Townsend-Emms


Looking after not only Octane but its sister titles Evo and Land Rover Monthly, Jane helps to ensure they all run smoothly and to keep the editorial teams in check. If you have a problem with any of the magazines, then Jane is the person who will go the extra mile to help you out.

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Octane captures the exclusivity and excitement of the classic car world. Each issue brings you unrivalled road and track tests along with stunning photography of the most revered classics.

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