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Mark Hacking

Hi, I'm Mark Hacking, an award-winning writer, racer and raconteur based in Toronto, Canada.

  Mark Hacking is an award-winning car, motorcycle and motorsports writer whose work has appeared in Canada, Australia, the U.S. and the UK in such outlets as Car Advice Australia, Departures, Driven, enRoute, Intersection, The Globe and Mail, LUSH Luxury, Men’s FASHION, NUVO, PRN and TORO.     Mark Hacking writes about many forms of two- and four-wheeled motorsports—from the grassroots to the world championship level—and prepares new car reviews for a number of his outlets, including many general-interest publications. Mark Hacking is a member of the Motor Press Guild of California and the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.     Mark Hacking is the former Editor of Performance Racing News, the country’s leading racing magazine, and the former Automotive Editor and Managing Editor of Driven, one of Canada’s premier men’s lifestyle magazines. Past recognition for Mark Hacking’s work includes the Maritz Award for Automotive Photography (2000), honorable mention in the Chinthe Awards for Automotive Journalism (1998) and second place in the Julie Wilkinson Awards for Motorsports Journalism (2003).     On the competition front, Mark Hacking has been trained by such noteworthy race driving coaches as Ross Bentley, Ron Fellows and Richard Spenard. This training includes the AMG Driving Academy (Spa, Belgium), BMW Performance Driving School (Mont Tremblant, QC), Bob Bondurant Advanced Shifter Kart Program (Phoenix, AZ), European Rally Driving School (Starke, FL) and Speed Secrets Driver Coaching (Buttonwillow, CA).     Mark Hacking’s competition experience includes finishing third in his division at the 2004 Targa Newfoundland and winning that same division in 2005 driving for Team Mitsubishi Motors. In 2006, driving for Subaru Canada, he again finished third in class at Targa Newfoundland. In 2008, driving for Mitsubishi Canada once more, Mark Hacking finished fourth in class driving a pre-production 2009 Mitsubishi Ralliart.      In 2009, Mark Hacking competed for Bullet Racing during the Children’s Charities Grand Prix Weekend at Mission Raceway in BC, starting two races and winning both from behind the wheel of a Koni Challenge Porsche 996. In 2011, armed with an FIA International C racing license, Mark Hacking competed in Germany with the factory Aston Martin team in the VLN Series.      This year, Mark Hacking returns to Europe for more VLN races, and will also be racing in the BMW Pro3 Series in the United States and the Canadian Touring Car Championship here at home. Future exploits will include assaults on some of the greatest motorsport endurance races in history: the Carrera Panamericana, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.   In addition to covering all things automotive, Mark Hacking also writes on architecture, business, design, technology and travel for a number of his lifestyle outlets. To top it all off, Mark Hacking is a seasoned speechwriter and he's also hard at work on a few choice film and television projects.      

Mark Hacking's Background

Mark Hacking's Experience

Managing Editor at Driven Magazine

February 2008 - February 2010

Automotive Editor and then Managing Editor for the multiple award-winning magazine that set standards for editorial quality and art direction during its brief run.

Creative Director at Sonar Group

December 1999 - December 2003

Creative Director and Lead Writer on advertising, marketing and public relations projects for a wide range of corporate clients, including American Express, Benjamin Moore, CIBC, ING, Kraft, Labatt's, Pizza Hut and VISA.

Senior Copywriter at Mosaic Group

August 1997 - November 1999

Partner at Cyclone Moving Pictures

January 1995 - August 1997

Head Honcho at Mark Hacking Ventures, Inc.

January 2004

An award-winning freelance writer for numerous outlets in Canada, Australia and the US, including: Air Canada onAir, Architectural Digest, Car Advice Australia, Departures, enRoute, Experience: Bombardier Business Aircraft Magazine, Fairmont Magazine, the Globe and Mail, LUSH Luxury, Men's FASHION, NUVO, Performance Racing News, TORO, Traction Magazine and YYZ Living. Past publication credits include: Auto123, Cycle Canada, Driven, Evergeek Media, Forza, Four Seasons, Intersection, Luxe, Moto123, Performance Auto & Sound, Privilege, Ramp, Razor, Rev, Strut, Talk, the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun, Vantage and World of Wheels.

Mark Hacking's Education

The University of Western Ontario

1988 – 1992

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Language and Literature

Mark Hacking's Interests & Activities

Art, architecture, design, film, food, motorsports, technology and travel

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