Quentin Willson Biography


One of the UK’s best-known motoring faces, Quentin was a Top Gear presenter for over a decade, wrote and presented BBC2’s The Car’s The Star, started Channel 5’s Fifth Gear, created the Britain’s Worst Driver format (now shown in 14 international territories) and The Classic Car Show.

His knowledge on new, used, electric and classic cars is industry leading but he’s also a vocal campaigner on fuel prices and is co-founder of FairFuelUK - the UK’s most successful single issue lobby petition - that’s saved UK motorists £100 billion in fuel duty and VAT rises. A regular face in Westminster, Quentin lobbies ministers and MPs to getter a better deal for Britain’s 40 million licence holders. 

“his two million-signature FairFuelUK petition has saved UK consumers £100 billion in fuel duty and VAT”

He has written weekly columns for the Daily and Sunday Mirror for 15 years, Classic Cars Magazine for nine years and writes for many other magazines and newspapers. He was awarded the Press Association Motoring Writer of the year Award for his work to bring new car prices in the UK to the same level as Europe, saving British motorists £3 billion.  

Quentin is also a campaigner for low emission and electric cars, working with the government and Office of Low Emission Vehicles. He’s a patron of the Hydrogen Trust and judge for the £10 million Future UK EV Battery prize. 

Quentin’s father – Professor H. B Willson – was a wartime Bletchley Park code breaker who was recruited from Cambridge University to the famous Hut 4 and became the first person to decode the Haglein encryption machine, the Italian equivalent of Enigma. His achievement is acknowledged to have had a ‘significant outcome’ on WW2.  Quentin is also a BAFTA film judge. 

You can follow Quentin and the FairCharge campaign on twitter @fairchargeuk and sign up to be a supporter of the FairCharge campaign at