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Ryan Birch

Ryan has always had a love for all things car or car-related, and prior to joining Auto Express in 2023 spent time working at a global automotive manufacturer and then a specialist automotive PR and marketing agency. In his role as content editor he is responsible for looking after the day-to-day running of the Auto Express website and social media channels.

Before starting his career in the industry, Ryan studied Media and Communication with Film at undergraduate level before undertaking a Master’s Degree in Research at De Montfort University.

Ryan says…

“The entire automotive industry is going through a really pivotal transition from piston power to an electrified future. While many people may resent the switch to electric or alternate fuel, it really is an exciting and innovative moment for everyone involved. It’s highly rewarding to not only be at the cutting-edge of the industry through power and technological breakthroughs, but being able to help our readers understand and enjoy the very latest offerings the automotive industry has to offer.”

Ryan Birch’s main areas of expertise

  • Classic cars
  • Research and fact checking
  • Car data
  • Social media

Ryan Birch Q&A

Q: What was your first car? 

A: I had been thinking about my first car for as long as I could remember but somehow always knew it would be a Ford Fiesta. Working hard and saving all the money I could in 2013/2014 meant that I'd splash out on a Colorado Red Ford Fiesta Style just before I took my driving test. Definitely better than any form of public transport, it was probably better than any car I've owned recently - oh, and I only owned it for 364 days before it was time to upgrade.

Q: What is your dream car? 

A: Ask me this question again in five minutes and my answer will change. I do have a strong urge to go out and buy a TVR T350C, mind you. I know it has barely any safety equipment, no airbags, it’s cramped and not practical in the slightest…but it’s the essence of what the car is about. It’s just you and the machine. The silky 3.6-litre straight six is one of the best sounding engines ever made, in my opinion, and when the car breaks down (it’s a TVR, so of course it will) it turns into a beautiful static art piece.

Q: If you could change one thing about cars, driving or the car industry today what would it be?

A: I know technology is supposed to make our lives easier and the roads safer, but why does nearly everything in a new car have to be linked to a touch screen? Putting the heater controls in a sub menu isn’t the best idea when it means taking your eyes off the road - keep it simple and use traditional switches and make it easier for the driver.

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email: ryan_birch@autovia.co.uk

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