Ian Norris, Editor

A while back, Ian felt a pang of sadness in September 1998 when he realized he was celebrating his fortieth anniversary in the car business. Back in 1958 he joined Austin as an apprentice, and at the end of his training went into the company's PR department. It was during the great days of the Mini, and London was swinging. It was fun, but in 1967 Norris moved to Dunlop, working on the company's motor sport PR program. Dunlop was Jackie Stewart's main sponsor in F1, provided Porsche's sports car tires and rallied with Ford and BMC - so that was kind of fun too. After a year and a half with Lucas in the early Seventies came a move into Europe with Champion Plugs, based in Brussels. Again there was a strong motorsport flavor, which strengthened when Norris went freelance in 1978. It was the start of five years in GP bike racing, with Kenny Roberts and later Eddie Lawson, doing PR and reporting for UPI and Cycle Weekly in the US. In 1984, Jaguar brought him back to England to look after their PR in Europe. Within a year, the company was back in racing, so he was drafted in to cover PR for the team before moving to New Jersey as part of Jaguar's PR team in the US. In 1990, Jaguar Inc decided to out-source PR, so Ian went back to freelancing and Britain. Today, Norris lives in Royal Leamington Spa, the acknowledged Hub of the Universe, is a Contributing Editor to Road & Track, Editor in Chief of Automobile Year, the world's leading automotive annual, and does scripts and voice-overs for automotive videos. He is available for freelance commissions, speaking engagements and bookstore openings.


2006 Geneva Motor Show Preview, Part I
2006 Geneva Motor Show Preview, Part I

2006 Geneva Motor Show Coverage by TCC Team (2/19/2006) With a little more than a week to the press preview days, the whispers ofGeneva introductions are being confirmed — or in a couple of cases, denied. A rumor was going round that Aston Martin were going to show a new convertible version of...Read More»

2006 Cadillac BLS
2005 Frankfurt Show Preview, Part IV

2005 Frankfurt Auto Show Index by TCC Team (9/5/2005) New From Planet Toyota Toyota, which can by now justly be regarded as the world’s automaker, will unveil two new production models, the second-generation of the Yaris hatchback and the latest version of the RAV4, the leading example of the...Read More»

2005 Renault Egeus concept
2005 Frankfurt Preview, Part III

2005 Frankfurt Auto Show Index by TCC Team (8/10/2005) Smoother SUVs On The Way? Is the macho angular look on the way out for SUVs? According to two concepts that will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Show next month, smooth, almost coupe-like shapes could be the next step for the vehicles whose bulk...Read More»

2005 Daimler
2005 Frankfurt Auto Show Preview

TCC's Auto Show Index by TCC Team (8/1/2005)Our coverage of the world's major auto shows, year to year. 2005 Frankfurt Auto Show Index by TCC Team (8/10/2005) The trickle of Frankfurt Auto Show teasers is growing into a steady stream, with an even further upmarket sedan from Jaguar, confirmation of...Read More»

2005 Ford Focus 5dr HB ZX5 SES Rear Exterior View
2005 Geneva Motor Show, Part I

2005 Geneva Motor Show Index by TCC Team (2/28/2005) Geneva’s motor show now follows the Detroit example of a rigid schedule of press conferences that sees journalists travelling through the halls of the show like a herd of migrating wildebeests, looking desperately for the information on which...Read More»

2005 Rolls-Royce Phantom
2005 Geneva Motor Show, Part V

2005 Geneva Motor Show Index by TCC Team (2/28/2005) Citroën C1 and C6 Citroën's PR people were proudly informing the press that they were offering something that few manufacturers, and possibly none, had done before — that is to introduce brand new cars at the top and the bottom of its range...Read More»

2016 Ferrari 488GTB Spider  -  2015 Frankfurt Auto Show live photos
2005 Geneva Motor Show Preview

2005 Geneva Motor Show Index by TCC Team (2/13/2005) A mini-MPV concept from Hyundai, the first Lexus diesel, an all-new luxury Citroen and the convertible version of the Ferrari F430 are the latest additions to the list of new cars to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show, which opens to the public...Read More»

Nissan IDx Nismo Concept  -  2013 Tokyo Motor Show live photos
2004 Geneva Motor Show, Part III

2004 Geneva Motor Show Index by TCC Team (2/22/2004) Jaguar used the show to announce an update for its XK8 sports convertibles and coupes. The XK8 has been around since 1996, and continues to be steady seller in the luxury boulevard cruiser segment. The supercharged XKR was a mid-life introduction...Read More»

Infiniti QX30 Concept  -  2015 Geneva Motor Show
2004 Geneva Show Preview II

2004 Geneva Motor Show Index by TCC Team (2/22/2004) The mists are beginning to clear over plans for the Geneva Auto Show. Once again, it looks like there will be a good crop of concepts and new production cars to make sure the only major auto show held in a country with no indigenous manufacturers...Read More»

2004 Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT
2003 Frankfurt Show, Part III

2003 Frankfurt Auto Show Index by TCC Team (9/8/2003) Mercedes-McLaren Partner for SLR It’s been a long time coming, but Mercedes-Benz has finally shown the super sports car it has developed in collaboration with Formula 1 constructors McLaren. It’s a 200 mph-plus supercar with a supercharged...Read More»

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