Meet the team

The Octane Team at their offices in Wollaston
David Lillywhite

David Lillywhite

Editorial Director

David started out in motoring journalism in 1992, and was one of the four founders of Octane when it was launched in 2003. He was brought up around classic cars and has owned and restored a wide variety – current projects are a Citroën SM, modified MGB GT, rally-spec Saab 96 and a 1970s Zipkart.

Articles by David
Mark Dixon

Mark Dixon

Deputy Editor

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.

Articles by Mark
Robert Coucher

Robert Coucher

International Editor

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.

Articles by Robert
Glen Waddington

Glen Waddington

Associate Editor

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.

Articles by Glen
Mark Sommer

Mark Sommer

Art Director

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 Bietzk

Managing editor

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.

Rober Hefferon

Robert Hefferon

Senior Designer

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

Jane Townsend-Emms

Office Manager

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.

Columnists

Jay Leno

Jay Leno

The Collector

Comedian and talk show legend Jay Leno is one of the most famous entertainers in the USA. He is also a true petrolhead, with a massive collection of cars and bikes (see www.jaylenosgarage.com).

Articles by Jay
Robert Coucher

Robert Coucher

The Driver

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.

Articles by Robert
Derek Bell

Derek Bell

The Legend

Derek took up racing in 1964 in a Lotus 7, won two World Sportscar Championship titles in 1985 and 1986, the 24 Hours of Daytona three times in 1986,1987 and 1989, and Le Mans five times in 1975, 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1987.

Articles by Derek
Stephen Bayley

Stephen Bayley

The Aesthete

Author, critic, consultant, broadcaster, debater and curator Stephen co-created the Boilerhouse Project at London’s V&A, was chief executive of The Design Museum, and fell out with Peter Mandelson when he told him the Millennium Dome 'could turn out to be crap'.

Articles by Stephen Bayley
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