Ian has been fascinated with cars since his primary school days in the 1950s and started writing about the automotive industry when he joined The Age business desk in 1971, when there were nine manufacturers and assemblers in Australia.
He has interviewed every Federal Industry Minister since the late Sir Phillip Lynch and has owned several Australian-made cars. He still owns a 1964 Morris Cooper S made in the Sydney suburb of Zetland.
After 10 years as business editor of the The Advertiser in Adelaide, Australia’s other MoTown, Ian came back to Melbourne with the Australian Financial Review. He returned to The Age as business editor before becoming motoring writer. He has been contributing to GoAuto since he left The Age in 2008.
On weekends, Ian was usually reporting motor racing for AAP and Auto Action, reporting on all the Formula One Australian Grands Prix in Adelaide. In 1978 he fulfilled his dream of following the Formula One circus around Europe’s most famous tracks as Colin Chapman’s Lotus 79 carried Mario Andretti to the title.
Latest articles by Ian Porter
Parents urged: forget Uni
VACC: Growth in auto workshops can launch more successful career than a uni degree
Service data scrap ‘not a war’
Car dealers and independents in the same boat on shared service information
Cohda fills the canyon gap with new tech
Adelaide company Cohda enhances world-leading collision avoidance technology
Tritium opens Netherlands office
QLD-based Tritium holds 20 per cent of European charger market after four years
Carbon Revolution lands the big one
New deal will see Carbon Revolution wheels on the options list at Ferrari
Telematics to become crucial to fleet management
Driver safety is the main concern of telematics data, not surveillance: L’Ecluse
Telematics saves Life Without Borders more than $2m a year
Social service group’s fleet has benefited from telematics technology
Local companies in manufacturing success
Expertise in fast charging and carbon-fibre composites wins overseas agreements
Tritium charges-up Belgium
Brisbane’s Tritium supplies the Belgian leg of European fast-charging network
Formula SAE-A competition helps boost industry
Industry minister throws weight behind the Formula SAE-A competition