Adam Cooper logs his 28th season as a motor racing journalist in 2012. Born in London, England just a few days after Jim Clark won the Indy 500, he saw his first F1 race at age 10 in 1976. In his early teens he gained an insight into the sport as a ‘gopher’ for an amateur F2 racer who lived locally. He began freelancing for Autosport magazine in 1985 while still at university, and was subsequently on the fulltime staff from 1987-92. He focussed mainly on the World Sportscar Championship, but also attended F1, IMSA, NASCAR and Champcar races, and served as features editor. He then went freelance again, initially spending two years covering the booming racing scene in Japan, before following the 1994 Champcar series from a base in Indianapolis. He subsequently switched to F1 fulltime, and has not missed a Grand Prix since Suzuka ‘94. Adam still writes for Autosport, and also contributes to Motor Sport, Autoweek and Speedtv.com. He has written books about Eddie Irvine, 60s racer Piers Courage and Michael Schumacher, and is a contributor to the Official Formula 1 Season Review annual. Outside motor sport, the music of such as The Beatles, The Kinks, Bob Dylan and Brian Wilson is his main passion. He also enjoys movie history, with a special interest in artists as diverse as Alfred Hitchcock, Audrey Hepburn and Laurel and Hardy. In 2012 he has been working as a consultant on the Ron Howard film, Rush. To contact him reply with a comment here.