Julian Edgar, 53, started his working life freelancing for photography magazines. He then worked as a secondary school teacher for eight years before leaving teaching and becoming a full-time technical writer.
He edited a national Australian automotive print magazine before becoming editor of AutoSpeed, an online car magazine. Along the way he wrote extensively for Silicon Chip, an electronics hobbyist magazine, while also contributing articles to publications in Australia, the UK and the US.
He has also worked at Executive Level in the Australian Public Service.
His formal qualifications include a Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), Bachelor of Education and Graduate Diploma in Journalism.
He currently works for training company Communication Knowhow, where he develops and facilitates courses in high level writing. Clients include government and major private companies.
In the automotive field he has owned cars with two, three, four, five, six and eight cylinder engines; diesel, petrol and hybrid petrol/electric drivelines; front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations; and cars with single turbos, twin turbos and superchargers.
He has been electronically modifying his cars for about 25 years. Over that time he has modified engine management systems, engine cooling systems, turbo boost controls, electric power steering systems, auto transmission controls, all-wheel drive torque split controls, stability controls, hybrid car regenerative braking controls, and lighting and sound systems.
He also enjoys aerodynamic modification of cars. He was the first automotive journalist to extensively wool tuft cars and write about the results (starting in 1989), and use Magnehelic gauges to directly measure aerodynamic pressures (in 2000) - both approaches now widely used by amateurs.
Julian has supercharged - and then turbocharged - a Toyota Prius. He has also turbocharged a Honda Insight and fitted it with programmable engine management, doing the engine mapping on the road from scratch.
Julian has been designing and building loudspeaker systems all his adult life, in both home and car settings. Many of his loudspeaker designs have been published in print magazines and on the web.
He has an extensive home workshop that is equipped with a lathe; mill; MIG, TIG and oxy welding gear; metal folder and other tools.
Julian lives in a hamlet 80 kilometres north of Canberra, Australia. He is married to Georgina, a training company manager, and they have a son, Alexander who is 12 years old. Also in the family are Victor the sheep and Ar-Chee the cat!