I’m a writer, editor and contract publisher, specialising in automotive, travel and watches – and whatever else takes my fancy.

I’m also editorial director of Hothouse Media, a contract publishing company with specialists in project management, data and subscriptions, automotive and luxury goods advertising, design, website design, SEO and content creation (editorial, videography, photography, illustration).

I’ve been a motoring journalist since 1992, scarily. I trained as an electronics engineer, specialising in radar, but a job on Practical Classics tempted me away, and I’ve never looked back.

In 2003 I became co-founder of Octane magazine, following – of course – a ‘what if’ conversation in a pub. With backing from then-chairman of Crystal Palace FC Simon Jordan, we launched Octane and four years later sold it to Dennis Publishing. I stayed with the magazine, later helping to launch Vantage and Enzo magazines, and overseeing Land Rover Monthly.

In 2017, with fellow Octane founder Geoff Love, I was launch editor of AutoClassics.com, which in nine months became the world’s biggest classic car website in terms of the number of cars for sale on the site.

After a year I left to form Hothouse Media with fellow Octane founder Geoff Love, and we’ve now launched new print quarterly Magneto and become global news contributors to Petrolicious – including organising the first ever Petrolicious Drivers’ Meeting.


September 2018-present day: writer and editorial consultant. Editorial director at Hothouse Media, editor of Magneto magazine and consultant and contributor to Petrolicious

August 2017-2018: global editor-in-chief of new launch AutoClassics.com, part of Motorsport Network

2012-2017: editorial director of Octane, Vantage, Enzo, and Land Rover Monthly magazines

2009-2012: editor of Octane magazine

2003-2009: co-founder and managing editor of Octane magazine

2001-2003: freelance editorial consultant to The Telegraph (Motoring), Auto Express, Motorcycle News, Practical Classics, Classic Cars, Bike, Performance Bikes, Revs, Max Power and more

1998-2000: deputy editor Bike

1996-1998: deputy editor Classic Cars

1992-1996: staff writer & later deputy editor of Practical Classics.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Mr Lillywhite
    I purchased the 2020 edition of classic car price guide and found my car. A Nissan GTR v spec missing. Is this for any reason or just an oversight as I would like to know roughly what they’re worth?

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