Mark continues to write for several of the mainstream publications, including Octane Magazine where his track tests and coaching features are firm favourites. He was also responsible for Into the Red, the best-selling book which he wrote with Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason about the latter’s extensive collection of racing cars. This has recently been updated with extra chapters and rebranded as Passion for Speed.


Mark Hales has had an extensive media career, working as a professional journalist, writer,
technical author and editor for over 20 years, primarily specialising in automotive and aeronautical fields.

A regular contributor to recognised consumer publications such as The Daily Telegraph, Classic and Sports Car, Evo, Octane and Flyer magazine, he has also worked on industry and corporate publications for clients such as Porsche, Bridgestone, Mazda and TVR.

Hales is responsible, as co-author and test driver, for the best selling book Into The Red featuring track test and appraisals of the extensive and important car collection belonging to Nick Mason, drummer with the band Pink Floyd.

Mark Hales with his aeroplane and Mark on the start line at Goodwood in a 250 GTO

In addition to the written word, Hales also has presentation experience with cable TV channels and the provision of video voice-overs, plus several years’ commentating experience with Porsche Club. A comprehensive knowledge and authoritative but jocular manner ensure he is frequently in demand as a commentator’s assistant.

Hales was at one time responsible for looking after Bridgestone’s guests at all Formula One test sessions in the UK, tasked with demystifying this pinnacle of motorsport for a lay audience.

Hales has more recently commissioned and developed a series of track driver training DVDs. These acclaimed sit-you-in-the-seat guides to Silverstone, Cadwell Park, Snetterton, Oulton Park and Brands Hatch involve presentation to camera and voice-over for on-car, trackside and aerial footage of the driver, at race speed.

See Mark's contact details for ways of getting in touch.