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Clare Dear

Contributing Editor, Autofile.ca

Clare Dear is an international and national award-winning journalist and photographer. Clare is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Honours Journalism program. His experience includes nearly 30 years as a sports reporter, copy editor, automotive columnist and senior section editor with the London Free Press, as well as several years as a contributing writer to the National Post’s Driving section and other publications. He is President of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, a position he’s held for five years, and is a member of the Canadian Car of the Year program’s management group. Clare readily admits he’s a passionate “car guy,” having tinkered with cars since childhood, raced them for several years, and written about all forms of motorsports since he was a teenager. Born and raised in London, ON, Clare and his wife, Diane, have two grown children – a daughter and a son – and one grandchild.

Recent Posts by Clare Dear

Race cars and exotics make sweet eye candy at Toronto auto show

AutoExotica is the most popular feature of the Canadian International Auto Show for attendees Read More

Auto Enthusiasts Auto Shows Classic Cars
Feb 20, 2020, 5:00 AM

Toyo proves its tires have the nuts to tackle winter driving

New Toyo Observe GSi-6 winter tire is designed for and exclusive to Canada Read More

Car Tires Weather Driving Car Care
Feb 18, 2020, 4:20 PM

FIRST DRIVE: 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty draws a new benchmark

Ford heavyweights’ capacity to tackle the tough stuff is even more enhanced Read More

Automotive Reviews New Cars
Jan 21, 2020, 6:00 AM

Winter driving tips from a professional

Forget the fear, says veteran driving instructor Danny Kok, “you can be in control.” Read More


FIRST DRIVE: Shelby GT500 the wickedly wonderful "real" Mustang

That's what bolting a 2.7-litre supercharger on the 5.2-litre V-8 gets you Read More


FIRST LOOK: Pony badge or not, Mustang Mach-E's a ground breaker

As with the original pony car, this vehicle is certainly a game-changer Read More

Green Cars New Cars
Nov 20, 2019, 9:30 PM

FIRST DRIVE: Compact Corsair delivers full-size Lincoln luxury

Corsair uses the Ford Escape platform, as did its predecessor, the MKC Read More

New Cars Luxury Cars
Nov 19, 2019, 7:05 PM

Ford's SYNC 3 technology has Canadian connections

Connectivity and Innovation Centre in Waterloo works on latest-gen system Read More


First Drive: 2020 Lincoln Aviator flies into luxury SUV dogfight

Three-row midsize Aviator set to challenge prime luxury SUV segment leaders Read More

Luxury Cars New Cars
Oct 11, 2019, 8:30 PM

Does 2020 Ford Escape have the bat-speed to outswing RAV4?

Ford touts its new Escape as the smartest, best-performing, most versatile ever Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Sep 19, 2019, 2:00 AM

Can Porsche Taycan overcome $73000 premium to rival Tesla Model S?

Taycan Turbo starts at $173,900 in Canada, and flagship Turbo S at $213,900 Read More

Green Cars New Cars Luxury Cars
Sep 6, 2019, 10:30 PM

London classic car gathering proves car culture not dead

Cruises, shows and other impromptu gatherings prove car culture healthy Read More

Auto Enthusiasts Classic Cars Auto Shows
Aug 19, 2019, 11:55 AM

FIRST LOOK: 20 reasons Ford Escape not resting on laurels

Ford chose total makeover of popular Escape for 2020 in competitive segment Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Jul 21, 2019, 10:30 PM

AJAC EcoRun more than just a drive in the country

Smooth driving habits, advanced technologies combine to reduce driving costs Read More

Green Cars Fuel Economy
Jul 4, 2019, 10:30 PM

FIRST DRIVE: New Explorer ST makes driving an SUV pure fun

Explorer ST massaged by Ford Performance to be most powerful Explorer ever Read More

New Cars Auto Enthusiasts
Jun 20, 2019, 2:00 AM

Curtain has dropped on Canada's largest outdoor car show

Fleetwood Country Cruize-in annually attracts more than 20,000 spectators Read More

Classic Cars Auto Shows
Jun 2, 2019, 10:30 PM

FIRST DRIVE: New Bridgestone, Firestone designs deliver

Bridgestone Firestone created new tire designs and construction techniques Read More

Car Tires Automotive Reviews
May 25, 2019, 9:20 PM

FIRST DRIVE: Shelby GT350 is nirvana for enthusiasts

Upgrades unleash 2019 Ford Shelby GT350’s performance potential Read More


GALLERY: London Speed and Custom Show ushers in spring

Car shows such as the London Speed and Custom Show signal spring’s arrival Read More


FIRST LOOK: Ram reaches into past with new Warlock pickup

1976 Dodge Warlock was response to positive feedback to slick concept truck Read More

New Cars Auto Shows
Feb 13, 2019, 7:05 PM

FIRST DRIVE: 30 reasons to like what you see in new Ford Ranger

Mid-size Ranger is larger, more refined pickup with advanced technologies Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Dec 18, 2018, 1:00 AM

New mid-size Aviator crossover takes flight in LA

Slotting in between Nautilus and Navigator, all-new CUV takes spot of MKT Read More

New Cars Auto Shows Luxury Cars
Nov 28, 2018, 9:30 PM

23 observations from Canadian Truck King Challenge

2019 Challenge featured 6 full-size, half-ton pickups from 5 manufacturers Read More


FIRST DRIVE: 23 new things in the "newish" 2019 Ford Edge

Current-gen Edge, unveiled in 2015, gets mild makeover to extend life cycle Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Oct 9, 2018, 11:00 AM

FIRST DRIVE: 19 things to know about Lincoln’s new Nautilus

Essentially a mid-cycle refresh, Nautilus replaces MKX in Lincoln lineup Read More

Automotive Reviews New Cars
Sep 21, 2018, 12:05 AM