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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.

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I’m incredibly lucky to call the Mighty Car Mods homies my friends, and that is how I ended up locked in a Sydney shed building a $3500 Subaru into an ear drum-splitting, off-roading beast this past June. Marty and Moog...Read more
The sight and sound of a freshly rebuilt Ferrari 365 GTB/4 "Daytona" being thrashed through rural Italy while dicing with a modified Lamorghini Miura is something incredibly special. What takes it to another level is...Read more
Bugatti’s recent smashing of the 300mph (483km/h) barrier with their modified “long-tail” Chiron has set the world on its ear, but the scale of the achievement only gets more impressive when you consider the history of...Read more
Kevin Hart has suffered serious back injuries when his 522kW (700hp) Hellcat-powered 1970 Plymouth Barracuda left a road in Malibu and rolled over. The famed comedian and car fan was a passenger in the hand-built...Read more
Jessi Combs has tragically passed away at the age of 36 while attempting to break her land speed record of 641km/h (398mph). The professional racer and former Mythbusters TV host crashed her jet-powered car on Tuesday...Read more
America is known for its love affair with simple pushrod V8s but, long before Ford brought out the Modular V8 in the 1990s, US auto manufacturers were experimenting with overhead-cam V8s. Pontiac were the first to sell...Read more
The lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Metallica, James Hetfield, isn't just a legend in heavy metal music. He's also an internationally renowned car collector who has built a swag of hand-built custom cars to call...Read more
The trend of digging old cars out of the bush has really hit YouTube but user blown64vette has just upped the stakes massively. He and his crew of Hot Rod Hoarders recently went through the process of saving a vintage...Read more
Old cars have style for days, but often they handle as well as a wheelbarrow full of wet cement, don’t stop well, are unreliable, and are pains to drive. Jonathan Ward’s company ICON fixes this by reengineering old cars...Read more
Our road laws in Australia mean the notion of digging an old, dilapidated car out of a field or junk yard and driving it hundreds of kilometres home just doesn't fly. Thankfully, that isn't the case in America where...Read more
The McLaren F1 was, for a long time, the most expensive new car in the world carrying a list price of $1,000,000 (plus options). Now it's one of the most expensive second-hand cars in the world, especially for a car...Read more
The Bullitt Mustang is up for sale. As in, THE Bullitt Mustang. Yes, that 1968 GT-A Fastback which Steve McQueen used in the classic movie that features what many regard as the greatest car chase in Hollywood history...Read more

Everyone wants their new car to look factory-fresh for as long as...Read more

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We’ve gotten used to seeing everything from the latest LS or Barra engines, BMW V10s and AMG twin-turbo V12 engines pop up on eBay ready for a willing nutter to swap them into nanna’s TD Gemini. And now the ultimate...Read more
Nissan’s legendary GT-R badge was celebrated in style at Sydney Dragway this past weekend at the GT-R Festival. Since the top-dog racing model of the Skyline was introduced half a century ago in 1969, it has become a...Read more
German fashion designer Philipp Plein has found himself in hot water with his favourite car brand, Ferrari. Photos of his lurid green 812 Superfast with models in bikinis, or promoting his range of sneakers, has seen a...Read more
Building race tracks is brutally expensive, so would you jump on an opportunity to buy a race circuit with genuine historical significance for the princely sum of $80,000? Harcourts Wine Country are the listing agents...Read more