Sophie - croppedHello there, I’m Sophie and as the new Account Executive at Market Engineering, I thought that writing a blog would be the perfect way to introduce myself to my new clients.

Like most enthusiasts in the automotive industry, I’m mostly driven by a passion for high-octane cars, classic machines and the world of motorsport – I’ve grown up to be a woman in what’s still referred to as a ‘man’s world’.

But I don’t agree with that. In my opinion, this industry is up for grabs and bursting with numerous characters eager to have their say. And since I was 13, I’ve been determined to become the next female voice in motoring.

So, that’s exactly what I did. I completed my A Levels and headed off to university to study on a specialist course in Motoring Journalism. Since then, I’ve been keen to analyse and explore the controversial and equally extraordinary world of cars and share my views through writing.

It’s not all about fast cars for me though. When it comes to technological development and innovative engineering through to design and pure driving experience, I simply cannot get enough.

Throughout the early stages of my career, I worked for various titles including Autosport Magazine, Motorsport News, Car Dealer Magazine and other publications such as AOL Cars, and The Bottom Line business newspaper.

But I didn’t stop there. For four years, I was also the editor of the British Women Racing Driver’s Club magazine, Racing Vogue and I helped to build the monthly motoring column for regional lifestyle title, Exclusive Magazines.

What inspired me most when working for each of these vastly different outlets was the varied audiences I wrote for – through my writing, I strive to provide my readers with informative and trustworthy content that they can also enjoy.

Some other exciting news I have to reveal is the debut of my first automotive book. Last year, I was officially commissioned and contracted to write ‘BMW Mini: The Enthusiast’s Guide’ which is due to be published in May 2015 it’s quite a challenge, but I never turn down an opportunity.

Where did it all start, you ask? Well, from as far back as I can remember, between school and ballet lessons, I was having fun getting plastered in engine oil while helping my dad fix and build car engines.

When I was just 10 years of age, he taught me to drive and when I hit 12, I was soon behind the wheel of my first race-prepared Mini Cooper. It wasn’t long before I was writing my own race reports and keen to drive into the world of motoring journalism.

And here I am now. Only this year, I’ve decided to cross over to the other side – to the wonderful world of PR. Market Engineering has kindly welcomed me to the team and I’m looking forward to working with each and every one of you.

But rest assured, there is more to me than just cars. As well as having an enormous passion for the smell of burning fuel and the competitive world of motorsport, I also like to indulge in history, engineering, architecture and creative writing. Admittedly, I’m also a very big book worm.

So here’s to 2014 – I’m looking forward to working with you!