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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.

No, it's not illegal to drive with gloves on - presumably because this...Read more

One of only 36 ever built, this vintage 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO just sold for the equivalent of AU$92.5 million making it the most expensive car sold (on record). Famed for its beauty and racing pedigree the Ferrari 250...Read more
Our cars wouldn't be able to run without them, but the mass of wires used in modern cars is able to confuse even proficient car enthusiasts. Thankfully there are guys like Alan Butler, who you may know as Turbo Yoda...Read more
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A 1955 Jaguar XK140 SE featuring a custom aluminium body by renowned designer Giovanni Michelotti has sold at auction for 7-times the expected price. The dilapidated wreck of the one-off sports car had been expected to...Read more
Chevy's Silverado pick-up truck is has been as American as apple pie, with a lineage dating back to the 1950s all powered by thumping great pushrod V8s. But now the 2019 model can come with a 2.7-litre turbo four-...Read more
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The answer is no, but laws of good taste should deem drinking horrible...Read more

Yes, the road laws in Australia say you must stay in your marked lane...Read more

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Almost everyone with a passing interest in cars has stopped and gawked at a mid-engined V12 Italian supercar at some point. But boy are they expensive... Unless you’re a bit handy on the tools and stumble across a...Read more

Yes, it's illegal, as drivers can be breath-tested and charged across a...Read more

Yes, it's illegal and, depending on where the crack is and how deep the...Read more

So you’re a world-class racing driver with five wins at the Le Mans 24-Hour race to your name. You’ve seen it and done it when it comes to cars... except racing a guy who has the ability to fly! Oliver Gavin takes a...Read more

​Yes and no, as the laws vary according to state legislation.

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Technically, no, it's not illegal to drive in high heels but the laws...Read more

Germany's Nurburgring is the most famous race track in the world, hosting all manner of insane racing cars from the peak of F1 cars to the latest road-going hypercars. And now a pickup truck. When professional drifter...Read more

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