February 2010 roundup

Not sure how long this will last, but I’m going to do a bit of a round-up of my working month, every month.

Given this is my first month as a freelance, I’m off to a good start.

My feet have hardly touch the ground, which is a very good thing if you’re freelance.

Day two and I was off on the Audi A8 launch for BusinessCar, my previous employer, to do a rapid turn-around on a road test of the new luxury saloon, which meant filing from the lobby of the hotel, just before heading to the airport to come home.

Having been sat next to Audi’s head of all things suspension at dinner, I also picked up a few news stories including one about the hybrid version of the A8 which Just-Auto took.

On the A8 launch I also bumped into a former BusinessCar deputy editor who’s now at Auto Express, having mentioned a story I’d picked up a couple of weeks earlier about a 200PS Citroen DS3 he said he’d like to take that.

Week two and I was off to Italy for the international launch of the Hyundai ix35 small off-roader. I took a bit of a flyer on this and wasn’t commissioned before I went. Still, a chat to the UK managing director meant, among other things, another story for Just-Auto about the next 10 new Hyundais.

The Just-Auto thing, seems to be getting regular, but then I’ve always been a fan.

A week later and after attending Infiniti’s Geneva motor show preview event, Just-Auto have run my story on the new Japanese brand’s latest news.

Between the above, I’d also written a few things I can write about. If that make sense. What I can say is that I’ve written for a couple of corporate newsletters and subbed a Geneva motor show press pack on behalf of a car maker.

I’ve also been working for Auto Retail Network, but more of that project another time.

But, I’ve saved the best for last. Out of the blue I was commissioned by the Sunday Times to write some news about the state of the nation’s roads and the number of roadworks at the moment.

Always good to end the month on a high. Now I wonder what March holds.

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