Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Adnan Ebrahim is the Founder of Car Throttle, who sold his first company at the age of 18. As President of UCL’s Entrepreneurs Society he helped foster student entrepreneurship, and graduated with a degree in Economics. CT was created in 2009 in Adnan’s Uni
procrastination room bedroom after noticing the lack of entertainment in the extremely serious realm of car media.
Adnan has been lucky enough to win awards such as Virgin Media’s “Pioneer of the Month” and “Young Achiever Nominee” in the English Asian Business Awards 2012.
You can generally find him rapping in the shower, lolling at 9GAG memes and tweeting profusely.
As a keen film-watcher, Edward puts into practice this interest by operating as one of CT’s video editors and cameramen; armed with a Sony NX70 this young chap is extremely dangerous!
Edward mainly has experience in product photography and videography due to the fact he studied Product Design at Brunel. It’s no secret that he takes his time filming car interiors out of respect of their designers. If you can’t find him hanging out the back of a Porsche Cayenne GTS with a full harness he is likely to be working away in his prized shed.
And if you still can’t find him, look for a ginger-coloured beacon.
Darren grew up a stone’s throw away from the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit, which coupled with his dad’s stories of a crazy car based yoof, led to an inevitable obsession with cars. A few years working in retail management was depressing enough to push him into the warm bosom of motoring journalism. Those management types might earn a lot of money but goddamn they need a life!
An inability to take anything seriously and an urge to have fun shows through in his writing style – don’t expect detailed technical specs and deconstructions of the latest advances in whatever. YAWN. Car culture is about having fun in pretty cars and driving like fuel is an abundant resource.
James Mackintosh is a resident of beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina. When he’s not writing about cars for Car Throttle, he’s usually working on his daily driver – a 1997 BMW 328i. He’s always happy to turn a wrench for a friend, fixing problems or installing new parts. By day, he’s a service technician at a big-box automotive chain.
When he’s not replacing whatever godforsaken part has broken on his stupid BMW this time, he can be found behind the viewfinder of his camera, or at a car show, race event, swap meet, or tuning shop trying to bring fresh automotive content to the world. He’s a firm believer in the sanctity of manual transmissions, and finds the whoosh of a turbocharger to be utterly intoxicating.
Brake Cleaner, Race Gas, Burnt Rubber
Alex doesn’t have a romantic story about ‘exiting the womb dreaming of cars’ or having the ‘car nut gene’ handed down to him. All he knows is that he’s happiest when he’s driving a car. Or writing about one. Or making a video. You get the idea.
Life as a motoring hack started for Alex at Autocar magazine, where he spent two years as News Reporter after completing his Masters in Automotive Journalism at Coventry University.
In his 27 years, Alex has owned some 25 cars, ranging from a BMW E30 to a Daihatsu Terios (seriously) and everything in between. If you’ve never met the bloke, talk to him about 1990’s German metal and he’ll be a friend for life.
Alex’s interest in cars came at an early age as his father had a steady stream of cars from Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar and Rover, and Alex quickly took to comparing models.
Alex was very fortunate to be able to learn to drive in a 120d M sport (those lessons did cost a small fortune obviously) with a great driving instructor who was a big car nut that also owned an M5. After passing his test Alex has only owned one car: a ’90s Corsa. It got the nickname ‘Wee Red Bucket’, coined by his mates, although he promptly got rid of it as it started to turn pink due to shoddy paintwork.
Tom claims to have a near encyclopedic knowledge of almost anything on four wheels – a trait he says was fostered at school, where his friends would flick through the back-pages of motoring mags before asking him things like “How much horsepower does a TVR Tuscan have?” or “How quickly does a BMW 528i get from 0-60mph?”.
After a couple of days work experience at Top Gear Magazine, Tom was pretty much sold on the whole industry. When he’s not scouring the web’s motoring recesses or thumbing a copy of whatever car mag he can lay his hands on, he’s studying for a degree in Journalism at City University London.
You remember that kid at school who was happy about everything? The kid that fell over, scratched his knee right open and thought the gaping wound was photo-worthy and talked about it for days? Say hello to Dan Holley!
At the tender age of 27, it’s fair to say that Dan hasn’t yet reached the critical levels of cynicism carried by those who share his years. Alongside presenting a gamer show on YouTube called GamerBase.TV and now co-presenting on Car Throttle, he has been a waiter for nearly 10 years. So in reality being pleasant has become a key part of who he is!
On the topic of motors, Dan’s first car was what seemed like an 18th Century Ford Focus. 1.6-litres. 5-speed gearbox. And only 4 of them worked. Living the dream.
Video games, tattooed women and Deftones
Born and bred as a true Surrey-ite, Ethan took a short trip up the A3 to study Film Studies at Kingston University. At Car Throttle, Ethan works on the video production team, running the show (literally) and putting his film-making passion into practice.
Ethan has worked on various filming projects in the past including market research videos, corporate film, animation and software tutorials.
Ethan’s role model is Ari Gold, the fictional Hollywood agent. As such, he can often be found acting like a diva at CT HQ, holding two phones in his hands and ordering people to make tea for him.
Ollie’s been looking to avoid doing a ‘proper job’ for almost as long as he’s been obsessed with cars, so driving and writing about motors for a living seemed like a decent way of passing the time. Starting out with a blog and work experience at evo Magazine, he then moved up to freelance work, joining #TeamCT in 2011.
Between, he squeezed in time for a Politics and History degree at the University of Birmingham, but (more importantly) completed Forza 4 during his time in Brum. Since then, he’s joined CAR magazine as Staff Reporter, got himself a hairdresser-tastic Ford Puma, and followed Adnan into tight chino ownership.
Leo practically came out of the womb dreaming about cars and has spent every waking moment since plotting how to make a living from driving them. As a TG subscriber from the age of nine, Leo managed to wangle his way into the Top Gear offices for work experience in 2011 and has also worked with Auto Express and motoring editorial and classifieds site Motorkwik.co.uk (sadly now defunct).
In 2010/11 Leo studied a postgraduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University and was subsequently shortlisted and interviewed for the Guild of Motoring Writers’ Phil Llewellin Student of the Year Award. He now writes as News Reporter for Car Throttle.
“Remember Alex, when the cameraman says there are five seconds left, you round the show off“, outlined Ainsley Harriott with great care for City Hospital. Yet, when crunch time arrived, an Alex who was very wet behind the ears (namely from a violent spell of eczema being treated by various oils) shuddered with morphine-fuelled panic and cut the live episode off before its scheduled climax. It was clear: presenting was for him.
As an owner of a Fiat Grande Punto, he sees great value in the Italian touch, akin to a certain Mr Berlusconi.
“Legit”, “You’re having me on”, “Stop that”