Leszek Lewandowski - Founder of Auto Start Test
From an early age, I have always been interested in the automotive industry.
I can still remember the piles of automotive magazines that I would spend hours reading
and once finished I would put aside in the wardrobe with the thought that
one day they may still be of use to me.
Unfortunately, after taking a different pathway in pursuing a career in catering
and working professionally as a chef,
my work schedule could not afford me the time that I would need to be able to devote more time
to the passion of motoring.
Originally I came up with the idea for Auto Start Test
after recording a ‘Zachar Off’ parody on my phone which actually
Zachar shared on his own profile.
After this, I decided to buy my own camera to record my first presentation
of the second generation Audi A3 which after the success of this video
I recorded a few more presentations,
admittedly some of which did not always gain the amount of views I would have liked
but not all videos were posted on the web.
Eventually the day came
when I finally said to myself ‘if not now, then when?’ and that`s exactly how
Auto Start Test was created.
The big breakthrough for me came when my local Peugeot dealer generously made
the ‘3008’ model available for me to make a video presentation.
It was my very first video presentation of a brand new car,
but unfortunately under the influence of my emotions,
I actually forgot to bring my camera along with me during the test drive.
This lead to the material being recorded afterwards in the dealership car park.
Another success I achieved and one which I’m very proud of was establishing
a professional relationship with Vantage Motor Group,
thanks to the kindness of the marketing manager, I was able to have the opportunity
to carry out a presentation on the Toyota CH-R.
This then lead on to being one of the first to receive the Prius Plug In for a Toyota test
and my full presentation of this model was actually
the very first in the UK, Poland and maybe even Europe.
I started Auto Start Test alone,
but as of today the service is co-created by several people who in their free time
also indulge in the passion of the automotive industry.
In December 2017, a new Mercedes E-Class appeared on the Auto Start Test page,
the car was delivered to us from a long-distance.
Of course, we do not stay in one place and further tests are already waiting for implementation.
At the beginning, Auto Start Test was just a fun activity for me,
which was just a stepping stone from everyday life,
but now it has become more than that and it is now a part of my life which I enjoy everyday.
As always take care of yourself and your four wheels