Autofan Media specialises in classic and historic motoring and we have been published in over thirty publication titles in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Since 1999 we have produced a series of motoring calendars, including Mini, Falcon GT, Classic Holden and, in 2005, Rust In Peace - which featured cars and trucks from all over Australia, that have been left to the elements or laid up in sheds.
In December 2004 we launched our own magazine, The Mini Experience. Dedicated to all things Mini, old and new, the magazine was available quarterly and established itself as the country's primary information resource for all Mini enthusiasts.
In March 2012 we re-launched the magazine as The BMC Experience, broadening the scope to include all cars from BMC-Leyland and the various brands that made up those combined companies. This includes Austin, Morris, MG, Riley, Wolseley, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Rover, Leyland and more.
The magazine continues to include a great deal of Mini stories, but now delivers the same level of research and attention to detail across a much wider range of cars.
At Autofan Media we have over 25 years' experience in newspapers, magazines and events coverage. From an automotive Concours d'Elegance to a Royal visit, our emphasis has always been on the 'personality' of the event.
We have covered many motorsport events, as the official photographer or for newspapers and magazines. Our philosophy is that, while good action shots are important, it is the people that make any event unique. We capture that uniqueness and human spirit in every event we cover.
We are now shooting in a totally digital format providing high quality images for magazine or newspaper reproduction, print sales to participants and long-life archival on CD-ROM, combined with fast turnaround times.
Our principle, Craig Watson, was appointed Photo Supervisor (Olympic Cycling) and Photo Manager (Paralympic Cycling) for the 2000 Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has also been the official photographer for numerous major events, including:
Sovereign Hill - Blood On Southern Cross launch, 2003; Sovereign Hill - Royal Visit, 2000; Sovereign Hill - visit by Chinese delegation, 1998; Australian International Airshow (Avalon), 1997; Wings Wheels and Water (transport show), 1998; National Concours d'Elegance, 1998, 1999, 2000; Ford Retro Run (opening Ford Discovery Centre), 1999; Ford's Car The Kids Built special project, 2000; Camp Quality Caper (charity rally), 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999; Make-A-Wish Wintersun Bush Run (charity rally), 1995; Canteen Australia Trek (charity rally), 1995, 1996; Darwin Rejex Classic Rally (Darwin), 1996, 1997; Bathurst Legends Rally (Five day event), 1996; Thunderbird Owners' Club National Concours, 1996.
In 2009 Craig organised a trip to England for 15 people for the Mini’s 50th anniversary. Driving a fleet of new MINIs the group visited the International Mini Meeting, Mini In The Park, four motoring museums, the former Mini factory at Longbridge and the current MINI factory at Oxford.
In 2011 Craig organised the Oz50 Mini Carnival, celebrating 50 years of the Mini in Australia. The event became the largest all-Mini event ever held in Australia. Over 8 days, with two major shows and six touring and static display events, more than 700 Minis took part, with over 500 on the final day at Wakefield Park.
A triple-pack DVD was produced of the event, which includes more than 3 hours of incredible footage from the event.
Autofan Media has also produced a number of other DVDs. The first was to arrange for the 1966 Castrol film, “Crossroads Alice” (where a Mini and Austin 1800 travel across Australia through the centre) to be transferred to DVD. The film, from 1965, documents the first-ever crossing of Australia from East to West through the centre, and was done in the height of summer. Some of the exceptional footage includes floods around Central Australia, with rain cascading off Ayers Rock.
Next came “Top Trek – A Moke odyssey to the top of Australia”, which documents the 1986 trek of five Mokes from Melbourne to Cape York – the very top of Australia. Covering 10,000km over four weeks, with the last 1,000km to the top over some of the roughest roads in the country, the highlight of the trip was floating one of the Mokes across the mighty Jardine River.
The DVD includes a one-hour documentary on the trek to the top, as well as a shorter presentation on the return trip, a short instructional film about sand driving in a Moke and a slide show of over 300 images.
“Tour 2009” is a double DVD about the tour to the UK for the Mini’s 50th anniversary.
In 2012, Craig also took part in an Arts project for Surfside Primary School, in Victoria, helping to teach the joy of photography to primary school children. The project, which will continue until the middle of the year, will culminate in an exhibition of the students’ work and various other outputs.
As if all this isn’t enough, Craig continues to work on a freelance basis as well, and regularly has material published in magazines both in Australia and the UK.