Sirish started testing cars and bikes straight out of engineering college, and nearly two decades on – despite a short detour to work for the best car company in the world – firmly believes that automotive journalism is the best job in the world. “I get paid to travel the world driving and riding the most incredible cars and bikes!” he gushes. Testing cars led him to rallying, winning his class in the Raid and Desert Storm rally raids. Learning the Scandinavian flick on an ice driving experience north of the Arctic Circle prompted him to enter the Indian rally series where he finished runner-up in the Group N 2000cc and 1600cc national championships. He also co-founded what was once India’s largest rally team, taking the first victory for the Polo in the Indian rally championship, and then recognising the incredible hurdle that is motorsport sponsorship he launched what is still India’s only motorsport magazine. Most recently he took part in the Vento Cup, finishing on the podium in his very first race. Sirish is part of the Indian Car of the Year, Indian Motorcycle of the Year and World Car of the Year juries and also spearheads the Times Auto Awards in partnership with evo India and Fast Bikes India.
Everyone in the industry knows him as ‘the Bossman’ and also not to mess with Adil. He still has a tee with “Here Comes Trouble” inscribed on it. He has been evaluating automobiles for over 40 years yet he is the youngest individual in the office, claiming to be 18 years young. Adil is also a noted automotive historian and has seven titles to his name, winning international awards for them. He loves his bikes just a little more than cars but ice cream ranks higher!
The philosophical man on the team he likes those who have a big heart even if their bodies aren’t that big. Simply put, he loves hot hatches over everything else. Believes in the power of simplicity as much as he does in the simplicity of power and as far as cars go, the more powerful it is the simpler it is for him to like it. Not particularly religious, until you show him a photo of Ayrton Senna that is.
A petrolhead for as long as he can remember with a passion for everything on two and four wheels, Aniruddha stepped into the rallying arena at the age of twenty one. That’s where he met editor Sirish, who saw his passion for cars and bikes and gave him an opportunity to write for evo India magazine. He now tests cars for evo India while being responsible for all the motorsport content including Motor Sport India magazine
Jehan has finally opened up to the idea of four wheels being cool and claims that his favourite car is the Tata Nano Twist. Pity him. He is however more comfortable on two wheels and knows how to showboat when called upon. He is our go to man for anything motorsport, idolises Schumi and Rossi. This heavyweight wants to shed kilos by consuming proteins and ice-cream.
Abhishek imitates Vin Diesel’s stylish hairdo to the T, but the same cannot be said about his car preferences. Muscle he loves, but not really muscle cars. In fact, everything coming from the land of Uncle Sam is a mystery to him (including processed cheese). Still unsure whether he is inclined towards two wheels or four, he is continuously worried about the death of driver’s cars in India. Some say he even drinks petrol. Maybe that’s the secret to those great fuel efficiency numbers on his long termers.
Affectionately called as ‘The Minion’ in the publishing house, Chinmay is driven with passion and enthusiasm to learn new things and try different ventures. He comes from an engineering background which helps him understand vehicles under the flesh. Termed as an ‘accidental journalist’, he finds more character in the building vehicles over anything else. Has gargantuan cupidity to make Bruce Wayne machines some day. Never talk bad about Germany to him, loves everything and anything associated with the country.
Two wheels or four? Ganesh still can’t decide which makes him happier, as they both are sexy and appeal to him in their own way. His first car was a Maruti 800 that he had for a year in which he learnt to drive. He still misses the thrills it gave him every time he cranked its engine. First two-wheeler he rode was the Kinetic Honda scooter during his high school days that also gave him a scar on his left arm. No he is not a 60 year old, but a 90’s kid who deeply loves cars and bikes and never misses a chance to drive/ride one!
The man who needs no introduction in the world of car photography. Gaurav has travelled to almost all the continents to shoots cars and has an experience of shooting over 1200 cars in past decade. Playing with light, be it natural or artificial to take brilliant car photos is something hardly anyone can better Gaurav at! What makes him one of the best automotive photographers in the country is his never-ending thirst to shoot cars and bikes through an angle that normal eyes can never do. Never talk bad about animals to him, he is an ardent pet lover and photographer as well.
Everything about Alameen is cool. His fashion sense. His personality. And his vehicles. Currently a proud owner of a Triumph Daytona, our video guru is one fast nut. He’s great behind the camera and can show the boys a trick or two on wheels as well. When he is not shooting, Alameen is usually popping wheelies, making the ladies of Viman Nagar swoon over him. Sadly however, he is taken ladies.