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Articles by Iain Kelly

Iain Kelly

Iain Kelly

Contributing Journalist

A love of classic American and European cars drove Iain Kelly to motoring journalism straight out of high school, via the ownership of a tired 1975 HJ Holden Monaro. 

For nearly 20 years he has worked on magazines and websites catering to modified late model high-performance Japanese and European tuner cars, as well as traditional hot rods, muscle cars and street machines. Some of these titles include Auto Salon, LSX Tuner, MOTOR, Forged, Freestyle Rides, Roadkill, SPEED, and Street Machine. He counts his trip to the USA to help build Mighty Car Mods’ “Subarute” along with co-authoring their recent book, The Cars of Mighty Car Mods, among his career highlights. 

Iain lends his expertise to CarsGuide for a variety of advice projects, along with legitimising his automotive obsession with regular OverSteer contributions.

Although his practical skills working on cars is nearly all self-taught, he still loves nothing more than spending quality time in the shed working on his project car, a 1964 Pontiac. He also admits to also having an addiction to E30 BMWs and Subaru Liberty RS Turbos, both of which he has had multiple examples of. With car choices like that, at least his mum thinks he is cool.

If you are a car enthusiast and your dad had a ridiculously rare car which he built into a unique custom back in the early 1960s, you would probably want to track it down and find it. When the car in question is a 1947...Read more
Some people are happy with their lot in life, but then there are punters like Melbourne's Andy Billiet. Andy loves his 1967 HR Holden sedan, but figured it would be even beaut-er as a two door pillarless coupe. The...Read more

Going out and buying a new car seems like an exciting thing to do on...Read more

Marty and Moog from the hit YouTube show Mighty Car Mods have built a plethora of cool cars in their 11 years on-screen, and they’ve just embarked on a new project sure to fire up the comments section. Both boys love...Read more
Lancia won six straight World Rally Championship Constructor titles (and four Driver’s titles) from the debut of the Delta Integrale in 1987, making it the greatest Group A rally car and what many regard as the greatest...Read more
Ford's 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang is set to slay everything from General Motors and Chrysler. The Blue Oval crow the top-dog pony car will be their fastest ever Mustang , packing an insane 760hp. While the 2019 Chevrolet...Read more
Mazda’s legacy at the Le Mans 24-Hour race is a thing of legend for Japanese car fans, thanks to their 1991 win being the first for a non-piston-powered car and the first for a Japanese manufacturer. But their history...Read more
Drifting is a wild sport full of screaming engines, burning tyres, insane close-quarters sliding, and huge personalities. One of the biggest stars is New Zealand's "Mad" Mike Whiddet, normally known for his off-the-...Read more
Back in 2017 the boys from hit YouTube show Mighty Car Mods set out to build a car to run 10-second quarter-mile times in just a few days. They used a mid-1980s Toyota Cresta sedan they had previously driven around...Read more
More often than not movies about cars and racing get panned both by mainstream audiences who find the subject boring, and by car enthusiasts who decry errors and a lack of realism to their beloved sport. But, when a...Read more
We love our cars Down Under, but Americans hold their pick-up truck of choice is right up there with religious beliefs, their right to bear arms, and deep-fried breakfast foods. This is a country where, days before...Read more
The only surviving pre-production Porsche is going up for auction later this year and early expectations are for the 1940 Type 64 to hit US$20,000,000! The car for sale is the third Type 64 that Ferry Porsche, the son...Read more
Sports sedans were the wildest tin-top race cars to take to Aussie race tracks for decades. With thundrous injected V8s set back into the cabin, tube-frame chassis, inboard suspension, lightweight bodies, and gargantuan...Read more
New Zealand is chock full of awesome cars, both new and old, but I was blown away by this hoarde of awesome old tin while wandering the back burbs of Christchurch. I stumbled across more than a dozen rad rides, from the...Read more
Travis McKimmie is one lucky bloke. After having his beloved 1970 HG Holden ute impounded by French customs nearly 12 months ago, the ex-pat Aussie and UK resident has just had the rare pale yellow six-pot released back...Read more

Discontinued in 2016, the Mazda Premacy was also known outside its...Read more

While the HiLux and 70-series Land Cruiser have stamped Toyota’s...Read more

Lamborghini’s Centenario LP770-4 was launched as a two-door coupe at...Read more

First seen at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the...Read more