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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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A late '70s Mercedes wagon wouldn't normally quicken pulses, but this '79 500TE long roof changes that idea. Up for grabs RM Sothebys Youngtimer auctio n this is no diesel slug but a 5.0-litre V8-powered AMG hot rod!...Read more

Japan was long seen as the home of high-performance turbo six-cylinder...Read more

While barn find videos aren’t anything new, finding a stash of cars owned by Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, two of the mid-20th Century’s biggest stars, is mind-blowing in this day and age. Not every car in this...Read more
Renowned racer and car collector Bruce Canepa has listed his one-off McLaren P1 GTR up for sale, reportedly the first P1 GTR sold in the USA. Only 50 “very special customers” were invited by Woking to spend a king’s...Read more
Ferrari have once again rewarded one of their biggest-spending customers by building them a unique race car tailored to their own specs. Called the P80/C the stunningly beautiful race-only machine takes inspiration from...Read more
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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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