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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.

Renowned car-builder Dave Kindig, of Kindig It Designs, whipped the covers off a controversial new build at the 2018 SEMA Show today. The prolific hot rodder took a squillion-dollar 1955 Mercedes 300SL “Gullwing” and...Read more
Not since the 1960s have we seen Detroit riding a wave of horsepower madness like we’re seeing today. On top of selling 707hp (527kW) production cars , along with an 840hp (626kW) drag strip special, Chrysler just blew...Read more
ICON 4x4's Jon Ward has made a name for himself by taking cool old cars and packing as much brand new technology under the skin, all while leaving the outside as it was. While most of his builds feature late-model fuel-...Read more
Chevrolet has ripped the covers off a wild new concept car at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, packing a 700hp all-electric sting. The GM brand has been building turn-key drag cars through their COPO department since 1969,...Read more
Ford's twin-turbo supercar, the third-generation GT, has a nasty new brother thanks to the introduction of the lighter, meaner Carbon Series model. Launched at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas the limited-edition boasts...Read more
SEMA 2018 kicks off in a few hours and the Internet will be awash with amazing builds to drool over. However, for those who can’t wait to see all the insanity you can check out three killer Fords that will be on show...Read more
The Blue Oval suits were sent into a flat-spin the other day when a 20-year-old Instagrammer called Sinister_Lifestyle leaked images of what is purported to be the next Shelby GT500 Mustang! In the wake of the 707hp...Read more
RM Sotheby’s has just blown away all the records for a 911 Porsche sold at auction with this brand new 993 Turbo S "Project Gold" fetching $4,887,837! Built to celebrate 70 years of the Porsche marque and 20 years of...Read more

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A sheriff in the American state of Georgia is in trouble with his bosses at the Department of Justice (DoJ) after buying a brand new Dodge Charger Hellcat using taxpayer funds! Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway...Read more
Ken Block has had a day he would rather forget, destroying his genuine Group A ex-World Rally Championship Ford Escort. Having recommissioned the rare, super-desirable Escort Cosworth RS earlier this year, Block claims...Read more
You know you're building a serious car when the Williams Formula One engineers get involved! Singer, the North American shop building retro 911 hotrods, has launched their ultimate creation: the DLS. The "Dynamic Light-...Read more