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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Global industry outside Japan sales figures for the previous year
By Alan Cathcart |
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Only journalist track test in 45 years of the 1974 John Player Norton 750 spaceframe
By Alan Cathcart |
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Track test at Australia’s annual Broadford Bike Bonanza of the ultimate wacky racer
By Alan Cathcart |
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Full inside story and hands-on road test of the Australian-built 2000cc V8 Streetfighter developed in secret over a seven-year period, and now available for customer purchase
By Alan Cathcart |
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Private test on Californian roads of the most authentic streetbike tribute to Harley-Davidson’s four decades of dirt track dominance that money can buy
By Alan Cathcart |
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First road test of the new Commando 961 California
By Alan Cathcart |
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Exclusive ride on the 1950s American-style hotrod built with Norton parts and much ingenuity by Britain’s top Classic race tuner, Fred Walmsley
By Alan Cathcart |
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First road test by any journalist of the last-ever Confederate motorcycle model
By Alan Cathcart |
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A six-cylinder streetfighter powered by Honda’s classic CBX motor
By Alan Cathcart |
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Triumph sold 63,404 motorcycles in the last fiscal year
By Alan Cathcart |
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In-Depth Review | First ride in Spain on Triumph’s outrageously styled new Bonneville Bobber Black model launched at the EICMA Milan Show in November, now available worldwide in...
By Alan Cathcart |
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First-ever road test of one of Triumph’s secret prototype projects
By Alan Cathcart |
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