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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

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

17 reasons you need to attend the Woodward Dream Cruise

Detroit roadway overtaken annually by eclectic array of vehicles Read More

Classic Cars Auto Enthusiasts
Aug 19, 2018, 10:30 PM

Classic Mustang drive shows how things have changed

"They don’t make cars like they used to" is a blessing for today's drivers Read More

Classic Cars Automotive Reviews
Aug 18, 2018, 10:30 PM

New Mustang rockets into Woodward Dream Cruise

Limited edition Cobra Jet pays homage to dominating 1968 drag-racing legends Read More

New Cars Motor Sports
Aug 15, 2018, 10:30 PM

FIRST DRIVE: 18 reasons you might want to take a Bullitt

Ford adds limited Mustang edition to celebrate Bullitt's 50th anniversary Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Aug 5, 2018, 7:55 PM

Infiniti changes the way an engine works

Variable compression ratios maximize peak power and efficiency as needed Read More

Auto Technology Luxury Cars
Jul 25, 2018, 2:30 AM

FIRST DRIVE: 20 items of note in the 2019 Infiniti QX50

Infiniti enhances new QX50 crossover with new spin on engine technology Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
Jul 25, 2018, 2:00 AM

2018 EcoRun surpasses all expectations

AJAC EcoRun continues to be showcase for fuel-efficient vehicles, driving Read More


FIRST DRIVE: 21 things you should know about Nissan’s new Kicks

Subcompact CUV becomes the entry point to Nissan’s lineup of 6 utilities Read More

Automotive Reviews New Cars
Jun 22, 2018, 2:30 AM

Movin'On summit exists to facilitate change

Global summit seeks solutions to ensure mobility is sustainable Read More

Green Cars Auto Industry
Jun 5, 2018, 3:10 PM

15 newsworthy displays at Michelin Movin'On

Sustainable-mobility summit featured an array of the latest innovations Read More

Green Cars Autonomous Driving
Jun 4, 2018, 11:05 AM

Electric paratransit bus unveiled in Montreal

Zero-emissions mini/midi-bus made global debut at Michelin Movin'On summit Read More

Green Cars Commercial Vehicles
Jun 3, 2018, 2:30 AM

Total tire recycling a target for Michelin

Company plans to manufacture tires with 80% sustainable materials by 2048 Read More


Jun 1, 2018, 2:30 AM

FIRST DRIVE: 18 things you should know about Ford's EcoSport

Built in India; massaged to meet the demands of North American buyers Read More

New Cars Automotive Reviews
May 18, 2018, 2:00 PM