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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Royal Enfield 648cc Twin Engine RHS view
The first modern era Royal Enfield twin-cylinder engine
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New models from the British manufacturer
By Alan Cathcart |
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First test in Italy of Ducati’s most important single new model, the midsized Monster
By Alan Cathcart |
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First test in Italy inland from its Pesaro factory of Benelli’s twin-cylinder 500cc parallel-twin Naked roadster
By Alan Cathcart |
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First European ride in the south of France’s Cote d’Azur on the latest variant of Indian’s middleweight V-twin model range, the Scout Bobber
By Alan Cathcart |
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World exclusive first road test by any journalist of the first Vyrus hub-centre Moto 2 racer-with-lights
By Alan Cathcart |
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Exclusive first ride on the dramatic looking and sensuously styled award-winning showbike from Slovenia’s leading custom shop Dreamachine
By Alan Cathcart |
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First ride on a pre-production prototype of the 2018 KTM 790 Duke due to be launched at the EICMA Milan Show on November 7
By Alan Cathcart |
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First test at the global press launch of the second model in BMW’s range of affordable Indian-built models
By Alan Cathcart |
Aurora Hellfire V8: Australian Excess - Conceived Down Under, Made in Thailand
Full inside story of the Australian-designed 2,575cc V8 sportbike
By Alan Cathcart |
ACE CAFÉ RACER road test: Little Miss Dynamite
Exclusive ride on Britain’s answer to the new generation American sportcustoms
By Alan Cathcart |
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