Neil Randon has been a stock car fan since the age of eight, when his father took him to Arlington Stadium in East Sussex. He then became interested in BriSCA F1 through a family friend who was an ardent Stuart Smith supporter.
After watching F1 stock cars at the Festival of Speed at Brands Hatch, he went to Harringay in 1971 where he saw the big names of the sport, including Stuart Smith, Jim Esau and Willie Harrison, in action for the first time.
After leaving college with a BA Honours degree in Graphic Design in 1981, he has worked in the sports media.
Initially a graphic designer for a monthly horse racing publication, a sport he has had a life-long interest in, he then joined Racing Post in 1987 as a layout sub-editor and later became the newspaper’s F1 Grand Prix correspondent.
He had his first experience behind the wheel of a F1 stock car during the 1995 European Championship weekend at Northampton, driving an Ian Higgins Live the Dream hire car.
He continued his unremarkable short-oval racing career in Rebels, with his best result a sixth place in the final at Wimbledon.
In 1997 he was headhunted by Haymarket to be art editor of Motoring News before becoming editor in 1999.
It was during his editorship the newspaper changed its name to Motorsport News and was associate sponsor for both the 2000 and 2001 BriSCA F1 World Championship finals. In 2000 he published his first F1 stock car book, The Sound and the Fury.
From 2002 and for the next three years he was press and public relations officer for the ASCAR oval racing series, based at Rockingham Motor Speedway, as well as a freelance journalist and graphic designer for a number of organisations, including Racing Post, the Racehorse Owners Association and The Independent.
In 2017-18 he was a media consultant for the BSCDA (British Stock Car Drivers Association).
Currently, he is assistant horse racing editor at the Daily Mirror, Daily Star and Daily Express, and has continued his interest in F1 stock car racing, with features on the sport published in the Daily Mirror, Daily Express and Motorsport News.
Neil also enjoys ornithology. He has written for Birdwatch magazine and writes a popular birding blog, Randon’s Ramblings.