About us

Autonews was founded in 2014 by Andy Goundry.

The aim of the site is to provide a one-stop-shop where you can find road tests, news items and not-too-technical reviews of automotive developments, covering the world of cars, trucks and buses.

We welcome your feedback so that we can make the site even more interesting and informative to you, and look forward to hearing from you.


Recently retired, Andy has been involved in vehicle design, development & manufacture all his working career. Originally from County Durham, he started his automotive career with an apprenticeship with BMC at  Longbridge, on completion moving to the British Leyland Truck & Bus headquarters operation at Leyland in Lancashire, where he had, amongst other things, a close involvement in the T45 Roadtrain truck range. Military vehicles then beckoned, in the form of Vickers Defence Systems on Tyneside, where projects included the design & development of a 4×4 armoured vehicle range, and managing the successful development of the Challenger Armoured Repair & Recovery Vehicle.  This was followed by a move to Yorkshire to work closely with David Brown, developing the Multidrive powered and steered artic trailer, as well as helping design a revolutionary new configuration of telescopic materials handler which went on to be copied by every other manufacturer. A final career move saw the family move to the deep South, to join Dennis Specialist Vehicles (which later became Alexander Dennis Ltd.) as Engineering Manager responsible for the Dennis bus, coach and, sadly no longer in production, fire engine chassis, retiring in 2011 as Plant Director of the Guildford chassis business.

A lifelong petrolhead, he has owned, and restored, a number of classic cars including a Frogeye Sprite, MGB GT and Spitfire, as well as newer sports cars such as MR2’s, MX-5’s and a JCW Mini.

Since retirement, he has been writing on motoring matters particularly on emissions and alternative fuels,  for a number of magazines, as well as creating and producing AutoNews.


18 Comments on "About us"

  1. Hi Andrew, we had a chat about Dennis Bros last week at Surrey History Centre, which I mentioned to the County Archivist, Mike Page. Mike’s interested in seeing what records might be left at the Slyfield site and if we should approach Dennis with a view to seeing if they wished to deposit with us. Do you have a contact there would be the appropriate person for us to approach? Any help would be much appreciated.

    Best wishes

    Di Stiff, Collections Development Archivist, Surrey History Centre

  2. Tont Strudwick | 08/12/2017 at 5:00 pm | Reply

    Hello Andy.
    Your wife and mine go to Haslemer flower club together and I missed the opportunity to talk to you at Catherine Maxwell Miles birthday lunch.
    Like you I have worked in the motor industry all my working life and although I am now retired I am helping improve an vehicle alignment companies sales that are based in Farnborough.
    I also read your articles in the Advantage magazine and was wondering if wheel/vehicle alignment might be a subject you may consider writing about?
    This is because we only sell 4 wheel alignment equipment and I feel the general public are being conned when they have wheel alignment carried out by a lot of tyre shops and workshops who only use basic front end tracking and if vehicles are fitted with ADS camera system they should have the vehicle alignment checked before the cameras are calibrated.
    If this subject is of interest for any future articles we would be please to help you.
    Our web site is http://www.absolutealignment .co.uk and my home numbers is 01483428564.

    • Andy Goundry | 12/12/2017 at 11:47 pm | Reply

      Hi Tony,

      Many thanks for your post. Good to catch up with another industry man! What was your field?

      Your suggestion of doing a write-up on wheel alignment is an interesting one. I totally concur with your comments regarding the dubious value of many so-called alignment checks as I think the capability of most of the equipment is well beyond the abilities of most of those who take customers cash for using it! Indeed, I’ve previously taken my own car to an alignment centre over 50 miles away simply because of their good reputation, rather than entrust it to an unknown local.

      And your observation regarding AEB and the other safety systems which are now becoming prevalent is also very relevant; these systems rely entirely on accurate alignment in every sense if they are to operate effectively and safely.

      So, yes, I’d be interested in putting something together for both the magazine and my website. I need to give a bit of thought as to how to best do this, as it’s all too easy to make such articles just too heavy going for the average reader that they fail to get the key message across. Let me mull this over, get a couple of other outstanding articles finished off, and I’ll get back to you.

      Till then, best regards,


      01252 702339 / 07549 912678

  3. Well done Andy on your website. Just read your article on Dennis in Transport Digest, good. My interest is Motor Museums. I co authored Burke & Price Guide to British Motor Museums some years back. I have developed website shown below on Google and Facebook over recent years. Am always appreciative of any missed or that have closed. Regards.

  4. Tony Car penter. (Sweden) | 30/04/2016 at 1:58 pm | Reply

    Hej Andy. I was very interested in your Dennis articles in Vantagepoint. Unfortunately I have only been able to get hold of the last two instalments, and would very much to find 1,2and3. During the war I used sit with my grandfather on the steps of Woodenbridge pub and watch the fire engines tested on the Guildford bypass.

  5. Hi Andy
    Just found a series of articles on my doormat – did you drop them in? If so sorry to have missed you and many thanks

  6. Lynn Graffham | 06/01/2016 at 12:59 pm | Reply

    Dear Andy,

    Hoping this is the way to contact you. I was interested in your Dennis article as I am connected not only by two brothers, and my late father working for Dennis (my father worked for Cummins in Darlington too.) I wondered if any of the Vintage vechiles would enjoy a photo shoot?



  7. David Webb. Lives in Albany west Australia | 04/10/2015 at 3:39 pm | Reply

    Hi Andy My dad had a Dennis 1914 fire engine that he brought and used in the WW1 as volunteer fire fighting @hickling Norfolk UK. In 1952 it was given to a mr hughie Showell and used as a pump for an orchard later mr Showell moved to south Africia and it went to a collection or museum in our around fleggborough in Norfolk about1978 before my dad gave it to mr Showell he removed the bell and support which I have here in Australia I would love it to go back to the original engine please reply by e.mail if you can help to find the Dennis…

  8. Antony Hemans | 12/03/2015 at 10:07 pm | Reply

    Hi Andy

    Is there a model of a Denis Lancet? If so, please supply details.

    I have views of two view two J3 Lancets at Midhurst Railway Station. One with the sliding ventilators and the other with half-drop windows (the last of the series of 102 buses). I also have a 1933 32 sater Lancet ex DUT bus.

  9. Hi Andy
    Further to my colleague Andy Sleigh’s comment about a possible talk.
    When might you be able to accommodate us for a talk please?
    Peter Ayres
    GMES Programme Secretary

  10. Hello Andy

    I will let our program sec know – he is planning talks for later next year so he may get in touch with you sometime

    Best regards

  11. Hello Andy
    Yes an interesting article in Vantage Point and info on your website about Fire Engines.
    Do you give talks/presentations? as Guildford Model Engineering Society may well be interested in hearing about our local industry.

    • Andy Goundry | 14/11/2014 at 11:52 pm | Reply

      Hi Mike,

      glad you liked both articles.

      I’m not in a position to look at doing a talk just at the moment, but could maybe look at putting something together in the future for you if you wish.

      Best regards


      • Dennis f c smith | 29/03/2016 at 10:53 am | Reply

        Dear andy I am an ex dennis employee I Served my aprenticship in the body shop. First in the body shop and then the bodyshop drawing office on all vehicles then as setter out for production. If at any time you are around I would very mutch like to meet you yours DEnnis f c smith.

  12. Hi Andy,
    I read with interest your article on DENNIS in this months Vantage Point
    I have a 1937 Dennis CType Tanker (BP & Shell Mex) and would be interested in getting further info on it. I`ve had it for around eight years but have always had difficulty in getting started in terms of research.
    Any suggestions??
    best regards

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