Position: Journalist and graphic designer
As soon as he could talk, British-born Haitham Razagui (Pron: Hay-thum Ra-zar-ghee) was impressing relatives with his ability to identify even obscure vehicles and as soon as he could read, he soon built up a large collection of car magazines.
He has fond childhood memories of looking forward to Thursday nights when he was allowed to stay up late and watch Top Gear, long before the current hour-long format was even conceived.
His writing career also started early, at the age of 16, where he was tasked with producing instruction manuals at a small-town school to help computer illiterate teachers hold IT lessons.
Later studying Communication, Authoring and Design at Coventry University, he developed a taste for Italian sports saloons (Lancias Alfas and Fiats), which forced him to learn a lot about vehicle maintenance and the dark art that is automotive electrics.
Graduation soon turned into a successful career as a technical writer and information designer. His curiosity and versatility suited the role well and he was able to cover diverse subject matter including software, company procedures, telecommunications, vehicle diagnostics and military hardware - including "very simple" instructions for a mine-clearing device to the US Marines.
One project saw him spending a couple of months at Ericsson's R&D centre in Budapest, Hungary and instead of accepting a flight on company expenses, he chose to drive for the opportunity of a road trip and to max his car on Germany's Autobahns. (The tuned Rover 600 Turbo reached 240km/h before the windscreen cracked).
An 18 month career break from 2006 saw him riding a Royal Enfield motorbike across India and driving a 1970s Volkswagen Kombi around Australia.
Both modes of transport tested Haitham's mechanical skills (and patience) but these qualities also paid off as he was able to work servicing cars and changing tyres for three months in a Perth service centre to fund part of his trip.
On his return to the UK in 2008, he carried on writing and designing instruction manuals for two more years before packing it all in and coming back to Australia in early 2010.
Puzzling over how to combine his life-long passion for all things automotive with his ability to write, design and organise information, he turned to John Mellor for advice. John’s response was "come and work for me".
Haitham worked in the GoAuto newsroom for exactly three years before taking his second big Aussie road-trip and moving to Queensland's Sunshine Coast, where he now works as a freelancer and regularly contributes to GoAuto.
Latest articles by Haitham Razagui
IUA not looking to expand dealer footprint
Quality over quantity the new focus for Isuzu Ute’s Australian dealership network
Lifesaving duty for Isuzu D-Max, MU-X
Isuzu provides 4×4 vehicles to Surf Life Saving Australia in three-year partnership
Coalition dealer guidelines slammed
Government jumps the gun on Senate enquiry and draws fire from both dealers and OEMs
Luca de Meo takes reins at Renault worldwide
Former VW Group exec Luca de Meo appointed Renault CEO, Delbos continues as deputy
New chief for Genesis Australia
David Lederer appointed head of Genesis Australia after 24-year stint at BMW Group
Tyre sector facing ‘Blockbuster’ conundrum
Industry execs disagree over how much tyre market share mobile fitters could capture
Tyre e-stores, mobile fitment to remain niche
Goodyear sees transparency, customer loyalty as vital to retail tyre trade success
Citroen pops up
Brand activities using ‘La Maison’ CI are taking Citroen to new buyers in ‘unexpected’ places
SAIC opens second UK design studio
Chinese giant SAIC Motor opens advanced design studio in London for MG, LDV, Roewe
Dealerships here to stay
Industry experts dismiss notion that disruption threatens dealership business model
Consumers will dictate dealer changes
Changing consumer expectations and behaviour are more disruptive than game-changing technology