This is the online presence of the motoring journalist, editor and writer Nigel Boothman.
I’ve been working for car magazines for more than a decade, starting as a freelance writer for Practical Classics back in 2001. This led to a full-time job with the magazine, during which I rose from Staff Writer to News Editor to Features Editor. I left in 2005 to re-enter the freelance world from a base in Edinburgh, where I remain.
I still work regularly for Practical Classics but freelancing has given me the opportunity to work for many other magazines in the classic car sector and beyond, as well as broadening the scope of my work to include PR jobs and editing roles.
My job is also my hobby, and I enjoy repairing, restoring and driving old cars, which is documented on a regular basis in the Our Cars section of Classic Cars Magazine.
I enjoy driving or navigating in road rallies and ever since competing in the bizarre 24hr race for Citroen 2CVs back in 2003, I’ve had an MSA National B race licence. I’ve also competed in sprints and hillclimbs, while trialling with the Vintage Sports Car Club is next on the list.
Writing will always be my primary skill, but a long-term interest in cameras and photography has allowed me to develop my pictorial contributions from small illustrative snapshots for technical articles to full feature shoots, offering a cost-effective ‘words and pictures’ service when budgets are tight. See photography.
Before starting down the path to motoring journalism, I earned a BSc and an MSc in Marine Biology, I worked in the wine trade and I wrote copy for marketing companies. I’ve also laid bricks, been a chef, driven vans and sold scientific images for a picture library. But nothing’s quite as much fun as fooling around with cars.