Alex B


What does autofocus mean to you?

Autofocus is an opportunity to showcase and highlight my automotive interests and growing passion for photography, which really go hand-in-hand. Combine this with an excuse to attend more car show and organise more drives and meets, and we’re onto a winner.

I think our appeal is we offer a broad spread of automotive interests and scenes and a mix of actual driving and “hard-parking”. Yes, everyone loves a photo shoot of nice, clean cars but I also want to hear about epic drives, roads and experiences.

 What is your favourite element of automotive culture?

The ability to unite people from all walks of life amid a mutual respect for the automobile, across varied styles and scenes.

Friendships I’ve made through car forums and drives are some of the strongest I have and will last a lifetime, even if once common cars and scenes change and evolve.

What are you currently driving?

A tweaked Renaultsport Clio 197 for road duties and a modified Renaultsport Clio 172 for track days.

Car history: 

2003 Mercedes A160 (Sep 2004 – May 2006) – generously given to me by my parents for my first car, the perfect P-plater car – from a parent’s perspective.

1998 MG F (borrowed May 2006 – Nov 2006) – an introduction to roof-less motoring and manual gearboxes: fun and easy to drive.

2005 Renaultsport Clio 182 Cup (Nov 2006-Sep 2011) – my first real car. Got me hooked on small, light-weight cars.

2001 Renaultsport Clio 172 (June 2009 – present) – bought as a track project between my Dad and I, we’ve gradually modified it for circuit work and become more adept at track days.

2009 Renaultsport Clio 197 (Sep 2011 – April 2013) – bought from an offer too good to refuse, she’s mildly tweaked aesthetically and offers a comfortable place for road and Sunday driving.

Best automotive related moment:

A week-long tour of Tasmania with four friends in 2011. It doesn’t get much better than a week with your mates, driving some of the best roads in Australia and sampling some of the best beers and food in the land.

Planning for Tassie Trip #2 is already in the works…