Mike Breslin came to journalism via a financially bruising attempt to make a career as a racing driver. A graduate of the famed Winfield Racing Driver School in France, Mike raced in Formula Ford in the '80s and at the start of the '90s, picking up a few good placings and crashing fairly regularly. After all but destroying his Van Diemen against the Brands Hatch barriers in 1989 he answered an advert for a reporter to cover races at the then new Pembrey circuit, and at one stage was supplying copy for three separate magazines from the south Wales track.
After Mike hung up his helmet at the end of 1990 he cleared his racing debts by placing all the money he then had on number 11 on a roulette wheel at a Cardiff casino. He then went on to study philosophy at University of Wales, Lampeter, before completing a post graduate course in Journalism at the Journalism Training Centre in Surrey. A stint on the South Wales Argus followed before Mike set up as a freelance specialising in motorsport in 1999. Mike has since worked in F1 with FOM TV, spent a couple of great years as chief sub editor on the much missed Cars and Car Conversions magazine, and contributed to countless magazines (many of which are listed below). During his time as a journalist Mike has track tested racing cars, picked up the odd free race, shadowed Lewis Hamilton for a day, interviewed William Hague, took the helm of a tug, and road/track tested everything from an Austin Morris to an Aston Martin.
Mike has had three books published, a novel set in the world of Formula 1, The Unfair Advantage, (Rough Diamond Media 2000) The Track Day Manual (Haynes 2008) and his new historical novel, Pieces of Silver (Pie Shop Publishing 2014). See books for more details. He has written nine novels, two of which are currently in the process of being sold to publishers by his literary agent.
Mike currently specialises in motorsport business, and is news editor for Racecar Engineering magazine. He also produces confidential, detailed motorsport business reports for companies wishing to understand the often complex motorsport industry.
Mike is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, the National Union of Journalists and the Welsh Motoring Writers group. In 1999 he was Highly Commended at the Welsh Press Awards, while in 2003 he picked up the Subbing/Production Team of the Year at the IPC Media Awards.
Mike has had work published in:
Cars and Car Conversions
South Wales Argus
Professional Motorsport World
Professional Motorsport Circuit
The VW Golf +
Track and Race Car
Practical Performance Car
The Cambrian Journal
American Car World
Racing Line (McLaren magazine)
The Harrow Observer
The Gwent Gazette