Cars have been the corner stone to Neil’s passion, beginning at pre-school age, through school but then pushed sideways while he studied accounting.
It was rekindled when he started contributing to magazines including Bushdriver and then when he started a motoring section in Perth’s The Western Mail.
He was then appointed as a finance writer for the evening Daily News, supplemented by writing its motoring column. He moved to The Sunday Times as finance editor and after a nine-year term, finally drove back into motoring when in 1998 he was asked to rebrand and restyle the newspaper’s motoring section, expanding it over 12 years from a two-page section to a 36-page lift-out.
In 2010 he was selected to join News Ltd’s national motoring group Carsguide and covered national and international events, launches, news conferences and Car of the Year awards until November 2014 when he moved into freelancing, working for The GoAuto, The West Australian, Western 4WDriver magazine, Bauer Media and as an online content writer for one of Australia’s biggest car groups.
He has involved himself in all aspects including motorsport where he has competed in everything from motocross to motorkhanas and rallies including Targa West and the ARC Forest Rally.
He loves all facets of the car industry, from design, manufacture, testing, marketing and even business structures and believes cars are one of the few high-volume consumables to combine a very high degree of engineering enlivened with an even higher degree of emotion from its consumers.
Latest articles by Neil Dowling
Manheim extends relationships with Mercedes
More services for Mercedes-Benz in Australia as Manheim grows its partnership
Where did the cars come from?
We are told of serious supply shortages, yet sales in April were at an all-time record
Rearing Walkinshaw Amaroks
Clever horse theme to launch Volkswagen’s latest ride, the Walkinshaw Amarok ute
AAAA opens R&D centre
Aftermarket developers can now design products using new vehicles and CAD systems
Infomedia buys car e-commerce business
Aussie software provider to acquire North American OEM parts platform
Federal budget gets thumbs up
Training, tax relief, asset write-off extension and road funding a boost for car industry
Inchcape links used cars with service
Global automotive group shifts away from retail in the UK and into used cars and distribution
Mack appoints Chapman as new vice-president
Mack Trucks Australia promotes Tom Chapman to company vice-president
JLR design director resigns
Moving on: Julian Thomson will be stepping down from his role as Jaguar design director.
Changes at BMW’s coveted Sydney dealership
Mark Ross appointed to head BMW-owned sales and service in Sydney’s Rushcutters Bay