Alan Cathcart

Alan Cathcart

Email: alan.cathcart@lastgear.com

Born in Wales, married to Stella, with three children (two sons, one daughter), lives in southern England on the north side of the South Downs National Park, in Hampshire.

Law degree from Cambridge University, speaks five languages, formerly worked in travel industry as Sales Director of UK’s largest specialist incoming tour operator, before becoming full-time syndicated freelance motorcycle journalist in 1981, with articles published today on a regular basis in a total of 29 countries, with a combined readership of more than 18,000,000 people.

Frequently requested by many leading motorcycle manufacturers such as Ducati, MV Agusta, KTM, Aprilia, Bimota, Norton and Triumph to evaluate and comment on their significant new models before launch, both as test rider and industry observer, and to write detailed feature articles on their development to coincide with their public debut. Only journalist permitted since 1983 by all major factories in Japan and Europe to test ride their works Grand Prix and World Superbike machines.

Has ridden motorcycles since age 14, but first raced cars before swapping to bikes in 1973. During 25-year racing career won the Australian TT twice at Bathurst, Daytona ProTwins three times, Daytona F750 once, and twice finished runner-up in the European Supermono Championship run alongside the World Superbike series, as well as fourth, fifth and ninth in the Isle of Man TT, and eighth in the Manx Classic GP. Winner of 1997 Sound of Thunder World Series (for Yamaha) and British Supermono Championship (Ducati); 1996 BEARS World Series (Bimota); 1993 Dutch Open and Japanese Supermono Championships (Ducati); 1979 British Single-Cylinder Championship (Aermacchi Harley-Davidson).

Founder with wife Stella of the Classic Racing Motorcycle Club, and International Historic Racing Organisation - each currently the largest organisation of their kind in the world - and today Honorary President of each one.

Winner of the Guild of Motoring Writers ‘Pierre Dreyfus Award’ in 1992 and 2009 as Journalist of the Year covering both cars and bikes. Winner of the Guild’s ‘Rootes Gold Cup’ in 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1997 in recognition of outstanding achievement in the world of Motorsport. Winner of the Guild’s Aston Martin Trophy in 2002 for outstanding achievement in International Journalism.

Hobbies are classic cars, travel, films, country rock music, wine, and good food.

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ACE CAFÉ RACER road test: Little Miss Dynamite
Exclusive ride on Britain’s answer to the new generation American sportcustoms
By Alan Cathcart |
Ducati Desmosedici Stradale V4: Mass-Production MotoGp Motorcycle
Half a century on from the creation of the Apollo, Ducati is now finally bringing a V4 motorcycle to the global marketplace.
By Alan Cathcart |
EHRET VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING test: paragon of performance
Privileged test ride on the ultimate example of the world’s first Superbike
By Alan Cathcart |
DUCATI DESMOSEDICI RR: Racer With Lights
One of the most exclusive road bikes ever built
By Alan Cathcart |
DUCATI V4 APOLLO 1260 Road test: Riding Ducati’s Dinosaur
First-ever road test of Ducati’s mystery bike
By Alan Cathcart |
EMU BSA EMPIRE TWIN E120R Streetfighter test: Trifecta Twin
First test of the latest of three Australian-built modern-day BSA V-twin specials
By Alan Cathcart |
MONDIAL HPS125 HIPSTER Road test: A Little Bike That Thinks Big
First ride on the born-again Mondial marque’s debut model
By Alan Cathcart |
Triumph motorcycles Thailand factory visit
First-ever visit by any journalist to Triumph’s three factories in Thailand southeast of Bangkok
By Alan Cathcart |
Van Veen OCR 1000 Rotary Road Test: Rotary Revival
Real world road test on Dutch highways and country lanes of the most expensive series production motorcycle ever produced
By Alan Cathcart |
1914 HENDERSON FOUR Model C Road test: The Future Starts Here
America’s two-wheeled Cadillac
By Alan Cathcart |
1910 PIERCE FOUR road test: “The Vibrationless Motorcycle”
Exclusive ride on a rare but important motorcycle in American two-wheeled history
By Alan Cathcart |
ÁNGEL NIETO 1947-2017 Tribute
After losing John Surtees and Nicky Hayden, it’s not been a good year for our former heroes.
By Alan Cathcart |
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