Simon Heptinstall is a motoring journalist who helped launch BBC Top Gear magazine and worked behind the scenes on Jeremy Clarkson’s Big Boys’ Toys TV series. He has worked for Autocar, AutoExpress, Redline, and What Diesel, and has also been an editorial consultant for Toyota, Peugeot, Lexus, and BMW. He has won a Jet Motor Writing Award and once broke the world record for motoring madness by driving to 12 countries… in one day. Simon also has written and edited several books on motoring, including 1001 Cars to Drive Before You Die, Cars: A Complete History, and The Goldfish Guide to Cars. He is motoring correspondent for Harrods Halcyon magazine and Hong Kong–based Jetsetter magazine, and also writes about travel for national media. He was shortlisted as travel writer of the year in 2017.