World Car Awards - Juror Profile

INDIA
 


SIRISH CHANDRAN

Editorial director, Project GTO Publishing; Editor, evo India magazine

Sirish started testing cars and bikes and writing on motorsport at Overdrive magazine right out of engineering college in 2000. Taking over as editor while still in his twenties he led the foray into the digital and television space, making it the largest automotive media brand in the country.

After 12 years he made a detour into the corporate world as head of press and acting head of marketing at Porsche India, but quickly returned to his calling, founding evo India magazine in 2013.

Sirish has contributed to the Indian editions of Autocar, GQ, Forbes, Forbes Life, Hindustan Times Brunch, Mans World as well as the Sunday Times (UK), Automan (Oman) and Autovina (Vietnam).

He is a founding member of the Indian Car of the Year, founding chairman of Indian Motorcycle of the Year, served on the jury of the Overdrive Awards for ten years and most recently conceptualised and executed the country's first OFF ROAD Awards as well as the first OFF ROAD EXPO.

An active rallyist Sirish won his very first events the Reliability Trail of the 2004 Raid-de-Himalaya and the Adventure class of the 2005 Desert Storm. In 2010 he debuted in the Indian National Rally Championship and finished second runner up in the Group N class for two years in a row. Two years later he co-founded Team Slideways Industries that went on to win the team championship with Sirish taking the debut victory for the VW Polo in India.