Name: Ian Stent
Location: Taunton, Somerset
Writing – Magazines, online, PR & books.
Photography – Cars, people, products, places.
Other – DVD production, direction, voiceover, presenting
Background: Having qualified from the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester, I quickly realised automotive journalism was where I wanted to be. I joined Which Kit? magazine in 1990, became editor in 1993 and bought the title in 2007, relaunching it as Complete Kit Car (under a new company, Performance Publishing Ltd.) and building readership to the point where it outsold both its competitors combined. In 2015 I sold Performance Publishing to my editor Adam Wilkins and continue to write for the title on a freelance basis.
I have worked as a freelance journalist at various stages in my life, being a regular contributor to Mini World magazine throughout the late Nineties and Noughties. Other titles include, The Golf/Golf+, Car Import Guide, Car Buyer, Top Flight and Motoring and Leisure. Outside of the automotive arena I've also contributed to magazines as diverse as Farmers' Weekly and Sporting Gun.
Event organisation: Over a number of consecutive years I ran and organised the National Kit & Performance Car Show at Donington Park. This involved all aspects of the event from special exhibits to staffing. If you need help with your own event, I can take on as little or as much as you need.
Minifilms Limited – In 2004 I launched Minifilms Ltd with professional photographer Paul Harmer and together we created 11 DVDs focusing on classic Minis, but also modified MGs, Fords and kit cars. Over the following years we sold over 18000 DVDs to private enthusiasts via our website. Everything was done in-house, with myself presenting the DVDs and marketing the end result and Paul filming and putting together the films.
On camera – In addition to working on Minifilms, there have been odd occasions where I have found myself in front of the camera... something I'm always nervous of but invariably quite enjoy once it's over! I've appeared briefly on Fifth Gear, a slightly questionably named programme called Kits & Cruisin' and most recently on a 2015 edition of Channel 4's Posh Pornbrokers.