The Road Ahead
From hands-free driving to control central for the Internet of Things,
connected cars are sparking entrepreneurs from the Silicon Valley to New
England's Innovation Hub and points in between. No more so than in
Michigan where 70 to 80 percent of the auto industry's $11.7 billion R &
D activity is centered according to MiBiz's Nick Manes' report of
a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
The sizzle is selling but the meat is far from done. Just how far from
done and what else is on the menu is the focus of the
Telematics Update Detroit, June 4-5 at
The Suburban Collection Showplace
in Novi, just outside of the Motor City.
expanded, 100-plus speaker slate of experts from across the telematics
industry value chain is expected to out-draw last year's 2,000 senior
executives who attended the big-ticket gathering.
from Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan will
deliver keynote addresses. Executives from Ford, GM,
VW, Gartner and
Progressive Insurance will also take the stage during the
conference. A snapshot view of some handpicked start-ups will be
provided in a "Shark Tank" format with each company allotted five
minutes to pitch its innovative ideas to a voting audience. Other firms
Chrysler, Harman, Pandora, Sony, Nuance, Magneti
for a current list of participants.
Wikipedia tells us, differs from telemetry in that the latter
transmits data from one source to another, and the former sends,
receives and stores information in conjunction with affecting control on
remote objects. For example: a camera and a car's brakes or streetlights
and its headlights.
Some of the potholes, twists, turns and construction zones on the way to
the connected car's full role in the Internet of Things will be
presented and analyzed at the conference. Common versus competing
systems is one. Is differentiation worth the cost or is a common system
such as BlackBerry's QNX or AppleVoice, now being used by
15 manufacturers giving too much control to one supplier? Is hacking, a
For the first time, there will be a pre-event media conference June 3
for pre-approved journalists, who will also have access to the
two-days of speakers, the world's largest gathering of connected cars
and some of the latest telematic developments and innovations.
Scientific American: "Vehicles that can communicate with each other and
alert their drivers to traffic hazards may soon be seen on America's
roads and highways. U.S. regulators are crafting a rule requiring all
new vehicles to be able to 'talk' to one another."
Scientific American writer Larry Greenemeier's
Fact or Fiction?: Your Car Is Hackable points to hackers taking
control of a self-driving car and swerving it into traffic, boosting its
speed or jamming on the brakes. Also in waiting are all the developments
required to provide the network of devices and capabilities needed for a
connected car to fulfill its potential.
The most immediate of this issue's
"Road Signs" is the observation or warning by
David Carr's media column in the NY Times:
Risks Abound as Reporters Play in Traffic. He
says, "Journalists who were paid to write when the muse
or events beckoned, are now held accountable for the
amount of work they produce and the volume of traffic it
attracts ...The availability of ready metrics on
content is not only changing the way news organizations
compensate their employees, but will have a significant
effect on the news itself." He illustrates this point
with several examples and possibilities that are worth
Typical traffic generator....
Email Insider's David Baker predicts that by
2017, email will be used to send instructions or
actually activate 3D printers to produce products.
Replacement parts for cars are expected to be among
them, if not in three years, soon. Other developments
predicts: virtual currencies will be accepted, putting
buy, sell or trade at our fingertips; the ability to tie
marketing to scents, providing "a real emotive
connection," a single screen that can be projected on
any surface, car, bathroom wall, eyewear, as well as TV, Ipad or smartphone.
He concludes his prognostications
with a quote attributed to Albert Einstein, "It has
become appallingly obvious that our technology has
exceeded our humanity."
Yet another forecast comes from Joe Espelien, a
senior advisor at
The Diffusion Group (TDG). As reported by P.J.
in VidBlog, a TDG survey of video viewing
indicates that by 2020 legacy TV viewing will be down
25%. That is not a startling trend, Bednarski notes,
citing the 1990 ratings leader was "Cheers" at
21.3 while the 2013 leader was Sunday Night Football
with an 8.3 rating. He says, "Espelien's new Big 4 are
Google, and Microsoft, which aren't very
new at all as powerful Web forces, but (with the
exception of Apple) are much newer as content players."
Espelien says, about his new Big 4, according to
Bednarski, "each one is 'building global ecosystems to
support quantum video viewing - the multi-screen,
multi-context, highly-personalized video viewing
experiences.' In short, they're where the money is. Or
Or, in a few more years into the next decade, we may
well be where the Internet takes us. A joint study by
the Pew Research Center and Elton University's
Imaging the Internet Center, titled Digital Life
in 2025, reveals persons recognized as Internet
experts believe the Internet, "will become 'like
electricity' – less visible, yet more deeply embedded in
people's lives for good and ill." Some of the
developments seen by the experts are hardly unexpected,
others seem idealistic and a few suggest serious
concerns such as humans losing primacy to devices. For a
quick summary go to: The Center for Media Research's
Research Brief: The Gurus Speak: The Internet Impact in
10 Years. Or see the full report at
A commercial not seen in recent reviews of the Ford Mustang's
introduction 50 years ago is one that showed a prim and proper
Miss shake the decorum of her office job, literally let her hair
down and hit the open road in her Mustang convertible. Whether
it was the competition or Ford's intent, there were those who
called it, "the secretary's car." That was before Carroll
put some muscle in it and it truly became a good-looking,
affordable performance car.
Also not seen are cynical
media appraisals of Dan Ackerman's hasty departure from
GM, stepping out the door just before the recalls hit the
fan. And, the departure of his PR chief, Selim Bingol,
who may have advised his boss to point to his wife's illness and
run for cover while the image-shattering appointment of Mary
Barra stole the headlines. Perhaps it was shrewd reverse
sexism, recognizing that GM's image would be softened and hoping
she would symbolize a "new GM," while banking on people in and
out of the company rooting for Barra to succeed, holding their
wrath long enough, at least, for Ackerman to swim safely to
shore, his public record ostensibly blameless and to privately
indulge his reported distain for some of the male CEO aspirants
around him. To be fair, AW contributing columnist Mac Gordon
has suggested GM's turmoil would make a
great opera with Barra as the soprano protagonist surrounded
by male tenors and baritones.
black and white version of one TV spot in the "Secretary Campaign”
- not the one referenced above - but enough to establish where
"secretary's car" came from and, in AW's opinion, a tone-deaf response
to Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique published three years
earlier that fomented America's second wave of feminism. Carrie
Nation exciting the first.
Hugo Miller writing for Bloomberg.com, reports
that somewhat surprisingly, BlackBerry, Ltd., which fell
from the lead to less than 1 per cent of the global cellphone
market, is the leader in the connected car market which is
predicted to reach $83 billion by 2018. The Canadian company's
QNX operating system has become "the technology of choice
for mapping, communication and entertainment systems in cars
from Ford Motor Co. to luxury German brands Porsche and
BMW, Miller states." One of QNX's biggest selling points he
says, "is that it's a microkernel-based operating system --
meaning it has multiple layers or servers that keep operating
even if one is shut off or freezes." QNX's reliability has been
documented in contracts with the U.S. Army's unmanned
Crusher tank and nuclear power plants operated by Atomic
Energy of Canada Ltd. That is comforting to carmakers and
will help sell connected cars to consumers.
called "Easter Eggs," drivers of Chrysler vehicles
can search for, according to Mark Phelan's April 17 story
The Detroit Free Press:
Chrysler gives owners a wink to history with hidden images.
According to Phelan, whose story was brought to AW's attention
by former co-worker
Marty Habelewski. As part of a
whimsical game Chrysler design teams have embedded images into
some of their cars for consumers to try to find. For example: a tiny image of a
1941 Willys Jeep climbing up the corner of 2011 Wrangler
windshield or other demi-totems such as floor mats imprinted
with the outline of race courses where the
Viper set records or another with an outline of the
Detroit skyline sans the iconic GM building.
This July Fourth, a radically expanded and revised edition of
Karl Ludvigsen's book,
Corvette - America's Star-Spangled Sports Car - The Complete
History, 1953-1982, will go on sale through Bentley
Publishing. This new edition more than doubles the size of
the 1973 edition of Ludvigsen's landmark Corvette history book,
with 784 pages, 989 photos and illustrations, and 52 chapters
(compared with the original's 19 chapters.). Ludvigsen's only US
appearance in support of this book will be Friday, June 27 when
he is inducted into the Great Hall at the 41st annual
Bloomington Gold show in Champaign County, Ill. It is the
longest continuously running Corvette event in the U.S. and
Ludvigsen will sign books at the Bentley stand there. For more
information and to order go
to AW is OutdoorX4, a bimonthly print and digital publication
sub-titled: "Adventure is Worthwhile." Editor Frank Ledwell
says, "OutdoorX4 is focused on providing engaging articles and
photography of which you can relate to, whether in a 4x4, dual-sport
motorcycle, or on a hike, camping, mountain biking, fishing . . . you
name it!" For more information visit:
http://outdoorx4.com/ or email:
. . . Wooden Horse Newsletter reports, "Black Television News
Channel should be launching in about a year. It plans to air live
news from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by commentary programs until 9 p.m.
The network does not have established TV personalities to attract target
viewers yet. Co-founder is Robert Brillante.
The inverse dynamic of data growing exponentially while the time to keep
up becomes proportionally shorter or the multiplying media means to
target and reach consumers dividing the subscriber and advertiser
dollars available to use them, may indeed produce a new form of
journalism. Shaun Koiner, writing in Online Publishing
Insider, thinks so. He says, "The idea that it always takes 600-700
words to elucidate an opinion is ridiculous. That (approximate) mythical
word count was determined by the 72 column inches in newspaper pages for
the previous 100-plus years. Those pages dictated an organization's
ability to tell the story that needed to be told. Consequently, there
still are far too many people convinced that "journalism" is what
printed newspapers used to do. That's patently false. Journalism is
content that serves readers. Sometimes they're the same thing. These
days, they often are not." He praises Circa and
theScore, both of whom, he says, "have redesigned the packaging
of news in a concise, clean experience that's optimized for mobile
That most likely is what the NYTimes is doing in its own way by
introducing new digital "packages" for the news its sizeable staff
gathers and reports so professionally. One of the new packages is
Times Premier, which the editors say, "is an enhanced offering that
takes you beyond the news, with access to exclusive behind-the-scenes
content and expanded benefits."
The other is NYT Now which Erik Sass describes in Media
Daily News as offering access to a curated collection of the most
important NYT content, including videos, infographics and slide shows,
as well as content from around the Web. The information appears in a
continuously updated News stream, where the user can click on summaries
to go to full stories. Sass quotes NYTCO CEO Mark Thompson "Our
goal with this next phase of our paid products strategy is to satisfy
the demand for Times journalism by giving new subscribers the ability to
choose the amount of access they desire at a price point that suits
them, and to enhance the value we offer our current loyal subscribers."
Re-packaging "All the news fit to print," fitting the time and dollars
awards & events
Mark Rechtin, West Coast editor for Automotive News,
won a first-place prize in the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards,
a major Competition for business-to-business media. He won "Best
Range of Work by a Single Author". . . .Michael Strong
reports for the Detroit Bureau: "For the second
consecutive year, new car buyers voted Honda "Best Overall
Brand" in Kelley Blue Book's annual Brand Image
Award study. The company also took the "Most Trusted
Brand" honor for the third straight year. Ford was
named the best truck brand and Mercedes
the top luxury brand. . . . The Audi A3 was named the "World
Car of The Year" by a panel of 69 judges representing 22
different countries. The "World Car Design of the Year"
and "World Green Car of the Year" went to the BMW i3.
Journalist judges in the annual awards regularly test drive
Not long after AW reported launching of The Car Guy TV in
Dallas, Texas, questions arose about the whereabouts and
activities of the original "Car Guy." To AW's best knowledge,
that would be Steve Ford, who registered "The Car Guy" as
his service mark in 1985 and has used it ever since in print and
on radio, TV and the Internet. So AW asked him what's he been up
to and what he is doing with the byline today. His response
becomes this month's Autowriters Spotlight.
Most of my closest
lifetime friends have migrated from where we met in our high school
auto shop class into careers that could leave someone today
wondering how they ever fit into the ‘gearhead' stereotype.
Still, they're all car guys and into the car hobby to this day.
For me, that teenage passion for cars forged during those
impressionable years pointed to an inevitable career path with
commercial use of the registered service mark The Car Guy®.
From early work as a mechanic just out of high school and into the
automotive industry, to the moment I started work as The Car Guy
in 1983 to pay for college, to every newspaper or magazine
article published, radio or television segment broadcast,
convention or keynote speech delivered, technical training
seminar or automotive class presented, I have worked to uphold
the best of this original title. As a moniker for my byline, it
reflects the inspirational education I first received as a
teenager reading the enthusiast magazines for which many of you
Generating a part-time income in college from used-car
inspections for customers was a perfect fit to allow daytime
classes. Meanwhile, writing automotive columns for the school
newspaper and delivering car tips on the college radio station,
KCSN, also opened a view to broadcast journalism.
A few professors and even some buddies laughed about what seemed
too lighthearted in use of "The Car Guy" in an era when the
predominant and accepted terms for a car person were "car buff",
"car enthusiast" and "gearhead," even as being a "car guy" was
an emerging new term - among a number of others (including
"petrol head" and "motor head" from European car culture).
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An attorney told me I should check with the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office (USPTO) to confirm that I had adopted an
original title. He pointed out that this would both respect the
right of any prior or similar registrant and help prevent
likelihood of confusion for consumers. After a nationwide search
to confirm the originality of The Car Guy, following the registration steps, I received
USPTO approval for exclusive use of the mark in 1985.
A moment after college, I was fortunate to land at Los
Angeles radio station KHJ to become a part-time broadcaster
in their 'Car Radio' format with daily 60-second car features.
From the KHJ radio platform, I began writing local freelance
newspaper columns for Santa Monica's weekly newspaper and later
for the daily Santa Monica Outlook, along with new-car
commentary for other media outlets, including KNBC TV news.
Later employment in automotive advertising and national public
relations enabled the good fortune of an increased income, while
continued work as a freelance journalist added more automotive
An eventual opportunity to become a regular columnist as The Car
Guy for the Santa Barbara News-Press opened another door
in 1995 when local station NewsTalk KTMS invited me to
host a live radio program. A year later a weekly opportunity
opened up to deliver The Car Guy TV consumer feature on Santa
Barbara's KEY3-TV News.
When a chance to move to and work in "Motown" arrived, it also
provided a series of experiences across five years that included
hosting The Car Guy show on radio in the Motor City, while also
contributing new-car features and car tips as The Car Guy for
Detroit's FOX2-TV News, as well as freelance work
including The Detroit News, MOTOR magazine,
Autoweek, The Auto Channel,
Green Car Journal and the Copley Newspaper Group,
among others. Along the way, I earned an M.A. in Distance
Learning through Michigan State University's night school
Once a car guy, always a car guy.
When my wife and I missed California and returned to the west
coast, l was thankful to be hired as The Car Guy by the DIY
Network to join Lauren Fix The Car Coach® as co-hosts
of a national car-care TV series. In more recent years I‘ve been
fortunate enough to have worked for the California Motor Car
Dealers Association as a certified ASE Master Automotive
Technician traveling throughout the state as an auto
industry representative and speaker to thousands of youth in
high schools on behalf of the industry and share my career as
The Car Guy and encourage them to explore our field through
Meanwhile, through the years since to this moment, I've
continued hosting the website
www.TheCarGuy.com with ongoing articles, audio and video
segments along with The Car Guy
appearances on car care, including consumer tips on the national
CBS Early Show.
Today I continue to host The Car Guy radio show weekly from
Santa Barbara/Ventura, Calif., on NewsTalk KTMS. In high school I learned that the best rides can't be bought, they have to be built. And while I'll be the first to say I stand in the shadow of a titan car guy like
Bob Lutz or Jay Leno, so long as these machines we call
"symphonies in agitated metal" roar, purr - or even hum electrons, I look forward to continuing as The Car Guy and stay in touch with that inner teenager from auto shop.
This photo was posted by Bold Ride. It is the Lykan Hypersport,
the first Lebanese supercar ever built and for only $3.4 million. Want
to hear what it sounds like? Watch
Arrinera Hussarya Supercar: Not to be outdone by the
Lebanese, Poland has its first supercar ready for production. According
Bold Ride, where the photos and information were posted, this
650-horsepower beauty completed chassis testing by renowned engineer and
suspension expert Lee Noble and could be on the road in the near
future with a top speed of 211 mph, Bold Ride reports.
Hand-mounted pennies gave this 1949 Cadillac a unique $383.00
paint job. The 38,295 were secured with silicon and took six weeks
to complete. They added 200 lbs to the car's weight.
And if you have an urge to get out of the office but need to work,
here's the Lexani Motorcars' Beleza—A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
complete with stylish and elegant workspace.
The Petersen Museum's exhibit of "The World's Greatest Sports
Coupes" selected by celebrity collectors is now open to the public
in Los Angeles. Included among many who helped curate the display are:
Patrick Dempsey, Francis Ford Coppola, Bobby Rahal and
Nick Mason. .
Mark Vaughn reports in AutoWeek: this photo shows
a solution 40 years in the coming: instead of moving to escape
encroaching suburbia or shutting down altogether (as many dragstrips
were forced to do) the Auto Club in
Fontana, Calif. built this million-dollar wall to ease the ears of
nearby neighbors when the fun begins. . . . Chrysler cars
designed by the famed Virgil Exner have been added to the
Palos Verdes Concours September 14 at the Trump National Golf Course
in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
The Pacific Coast Region of Team Shelby will be hosting
their Carroll Shelby Memorial Classic car show at the
Blackhawk Museum Plaza on Sunday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. .
. . . . On May 17, in association with the Sonoma Historic
Motorsports Festival, the Blackhawk Automotive Museum is planning a
'day at the track'. The day will include a group drive from the
Blackhawk Museum to the renowned
Sonoma Raceway to enjoy one of the leading vintage car race
events, and the opportunity to drive your car on the track during the
lunch time session. This opportunity will be limited to the first 40
people to register.
"The Forward Look" of Chrysler cars from 1955-1961 will be
highlighted in the Sunday, July 27 Concours d'Elegance of America at
St. John's, outside of Detroit. The display will tell the story of
"The Forward Look," with carefully selected examples from each
generation of the genre. Virgil Exner Jr., retired Ford designer
and son of Virgil Exner, will be an honorary judge and will also
be conducting a seminar on the development and evolution of the "Forward
Topics NEMPA will discuss at its May 29 annual tech conference at
MIT include: "How will we adapt to these new safety and interface
technologies, and the cognitive demands associated with them? What will
be the impact on car prices? On safety and insurance regulations? How
are the auto industry, the scientific community and the public sector
working together to make us safer drivers? The group's annual general
meeting and awards dinner will take place that evening, after the tech
On May 10 Sam Posey will be the honored guest and speaker as the
International Motor Racing Research Center hosts a talk about the
Formula 5000 series in 1971 and 1972, that was lauded by some and
overlooked by many. Posey finished 2nd in the series both years. .
. . No frills, just a long day of driving, much of it overlooking the
Hudson, for IMPA's annual Spring Brake to Bear Mountain.
Registration closes May 7 for the May 15 event.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arriving in America
and the elegance of classic British automobiles, the 2014 Pinehurst
Concours d'Elegance will stage a "British Invasion" concert in the
Village of Pinehurst , N.C. on May 3. Also on display at the Concours
Sunday May 4, on loan from the Petersen Automotive Museum, will
be a 1956 Jaguar XKSS once owned by movie legend Steve McQueen
as well as the
Hot Wheels-branded Snake and Mongoose Funny Cars, now owned by
NASCAR car owner Rick Hendrick.
little late in getting to AW, former Road & Track editor Matt
DeLorenzo has been at
Kelley Blue Book for five months as
managing editor, news. Try him at
firstname.lastname@example.org . . .
Matt Degen's Kelley Blue Book address is
phone # is 949-267-4814. He is a senior associate editor there. . . .
Muhammed Elhasan has left the Torrance (Calif.)
Daily Breeze and suggests releases go to:
Pete Vanlaw has phased out his Western Branch Productions
email address and can now be reached at:
Bourgoise has joined Toyota MotorSales, U.S.A.'s Midwest
public relations Team. He brings 19 years of PR and media experience to
the post with 15 of them in automotive brand development and strategies.
He was director of communications for Smart USA. Unless Toyota's email
protocol has changed, Rick's email is
To verify, the Midwest office telephone is (313) 259-4598.
Nick Zart's Car News Cafe can be reached at
or 562-244-305. . .. Eric Cruz has supplanted Elizabeth
Williams as a press fleet coordinator for Mercedes-Benz/USA Event
Solutions. Email him at:
email@example.com . . .
Joe Momber has replaced Jeremy Hayhurst as the
Autobody News contact. Reach him at:
. . .
Tom Stahler has moved to Vintage Race Car where he is
contributing editor and director of sales and marketing. His email:
Forty five year car-talk radio pioneer, auto writer and skilled master
technician David Finkelstein has moved to new car auto editor
(both web and print) for the upscale St. Louis-based pub "The 9s
Previously, he was with
New Times Publishing/River Front Times Additionally, David's
"live" Saturday car talk radio show is now heard on TuneIn mobile
App Radio, H-D Radio, the Internet, iHeart App Radio,
and PodCasted. It's also heard on ITunes and the100,000 watt
FM 97.1/KFTK (FOX News Radio). It unfolds in the noon hour/central
time. His email is
Glenn F. Campbell
WAPA | Luncheon - Nissan Taxi
Demo/Drives - Washington, D.C.
AutoFair | Charlotte Motor
Speedway - Charlotte, N.C.
Power Trip: Toyota Automobile Museum
- Torrance, CA
SAE | 2014 High Efficiency IC
Engine Symposium - Detroit, MI
Automotive PACE Awards,
SAE World Congress | Detroit,
New York Int'l Auto Show: Media
New York, NY
New York Int'l Auto Show: Public
New York, NY
Luncheon - Miami, FL - Honda
SO CAL Test Drive Expo |
Long Beach, CA
Peter Brock |
Auto Roundup - Ft. Worth, TX
Dinner - Automation Garage, Nissan Taxi Dem and Drive
Pinehurst Concours |
APA | Luncheon -
Detroit, MI - Michelin Design Panel
Droptops & Dirt - Malibu, CA
Luncheon & Drive -Manor Park, MD, KIA
APA | Luncheon - Detroit, MI
Spring Brake - Bear Mountain, NY
Spring Rally - Elkhart Lake, WI
Pinehurst Concours |
Telematics Update Detroit |
Media Day - Suburban Collection Showcase, Novi, MI
Telematics Update Detroit |
Awards Gala Dinner - Hyatt Place, Novi, MI
APA | Luncheon -
Detroit, MI - Michelin Design Panel
Luncheon - DAC, Detroit, MI, JD Power IQS
Concours d'Elegance of America |
Short Lead Press Day, Plymouth, MI
Concours d'Elegance of America
| Plymouth, MI
Everyone knows the symbol for every make of car is there (sic) emblem.
It is important. It says who they are. Some I think are
beautiful, example the Alfa Romero and the Aston Martin to name
Chevy has a nice badge that is synonymous with its brand. The
problem is that the bean counters have turned them into junk.
Almost everyone you see is fading or peeling which tells the
public my brand is junk and will fall apart. They need to wake
I have news for you for the April newsletter: I (freelancer
Robert E. Calem) was elected Second Vice President of the
Press Association (IMPA) Board of Directors
Help! Car Shot Sought
I am interested to know if you could help me find information
regarding the car my family drove in 1940. It was a Renault
1938-39 stretch limousine. I have written a book about that
period and need a picture of that car. My father drove it from
Brussels (Belgium) to Lisbon (Portugal). Thanks for any help you
might be able to give me.
Process Improvement Simplified
My first new book, released March 14, is "Process Improvement
Simplified — a How-to-Book for Success in any Organization,"
published by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). While the
title may be off-putting journalistically, there is a good story
here in how this book came about — by a team of retired Ford
Motor Company retirees from meetings of the Ford Retired
Engineering Executives (F.R.E.E.) club. Further, my role as a
veteran wordsmith was to try to make the book readable, as
opposed to the usual tomes gracing management textbook shelves.
My two co-authors are brilliant Chinese-American brothers,
former Ford manufacturing and quality managers, and we were
guided by a panel of other retired executives, meeting together
monthly over several years to develop and refine the book.
One of my other ideas was to omit any mention of Ford, the auto
industry or Detroit from the manuscript, so that it would stand
on its own feet void of any cultural biases. Yet the book is, I
believe, richly (if anonymously) anecdotal with case histories
(but few from the auto industry).
The underlying message of the book is that Process Improvement—P
I for short—is applicable to any organization: business, NGO,
professional and local government.
Secondly, Arcadia Publications is releasing on April 7 my
photographic history of the Ford Mustang, “Mustang and the Pony
Car Revolution.” This is my own take as an automotive
historian of the background and development of Mustang (and its
competitors) over the 50 years being celebrated next month. As
far as I know, I am the only Ford insider authoring a Mustang
book; no doubt there will be several Mustang anniversary books
issued this year. The Mustang book is my 16th commercially
published book of which I have been author, co-author, editor or
major contributor, all since retiring from Ford PR after 25
years, my subsequent ENA/Gannett days and later as executive
director of the Detroit Historical Society.
Just to show I am even-handed despite my Ford years, in 2012
Arcadia published my two-volume photographic history of
Michael W. R. (Mike) Davis
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Truck Writers of North America
Tom Kelley, Executive Director
Western Automotive Journalists
San Francisco, CA
Washington Automotive Press Association
Melanie Batenchuk, President
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automotive industry generally as well as the changing nature of
media, communications and journalists.
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