This is a different kind of Autowriters Spotlight. Craig Fitzgerald
trained it on himself when he wrote AWCom: "A post I put up on
BoldRide has resulted in threats from the aftermarket. You can read
the whole story here. You do a great job, BTW." (Naturally, we had to follow up and read what sounded like
story in the making.)
Fitzgerald should have known he would disturb a number of folks by writing
"Five Reasons Why Concours Suck" for BoldRide on May 19. He's been an auto writer for 18 years, auto magazine editor and a
judge at several such events. His reasons: the cars stay still; the
judges are picky, picky; most people attend in order to be seen; the
event drags on and the awards ceremony.
Fitzgerald compares that to
"a T-ball tournament where everybody is a winner and nobody goes
home unhappy." Along the way he criticizes the food purveyed at Concours and the prices charged for it. For his trouble, Fitzgerald
reports: "The original article on BoldRide.com generated 175 likes,
which is far more than anything I've ever written for them before.
One of the comments was from Bill Warner, who banned me from getting
media passes to Amelia Island."
AWCom saw a number of negative
comments on BoldRide. Fitzgerald himself wrote the following on
"After that article (Five Reasons) went around, the following was
written to me on another blog:
Comment by Bethany Sullivan on 26 May 2013:
"Mr. Fitzgerald: I represent the marketing interests of a number of
aftermarket companies whose activities include event sponsorships.
Your blog post has been reported to the SEMA governing body and any
effort on the part of Hemmings, Boldride, or yourself personally, to
engage with my client companies in any form whatsoever will result
in actions that leave no doubt as to your limited future in this
I have no idea who Bethany Sullivan is. If she's in PR, to my
knowledge, she never contacted me, which makes her pretty lousy at
public relations, but be that as it may, this is how the automotive
aftermarket attempts to stifle any kind of criticism whatsoever.
For the record, Bethany, I DO NOT WORK FOR HEMMINGS. Other people
who commented on that post made that fact abundantly clear. I
haven't worked there since 2010. Maybe you should consider reporting
me to the "governing bodies" at Enterprise Rent-A-Car and
Basket Supermarkets, because I used to work there, too.
I've been writing about cars for decades. Some of those years, I
spent at Hemmings, most I did not.
A lot of people in this industry — it is not a "hobby" for anyone
but you and me — are so insular and myopic that they think its
impossible to write without them. But there are hundreds of niches
in old cars and new cars to write about, and more outlets to write
for every day.
Occasionally, I've commented unfavorably about cars I've driven. For
example, Cliff Atiyeh from the Boston Globe once put together a
video I was in about MyFordTouch and how frustrating it was to
The people at Ford and I have a professional relationship. I've
driven many of their cars, and written what I thought of all of
them. Some I like very much, some I do not.
This particular video got a surprising amount of traffic. I ended up
getting an email from a PR guy at Ford who wasn't exactly happy
about it, but he made his point, we agreed to disagree and we went
our separate ways.
At no time did he actually come right out and threaten me about
reporting me to some "governing body."
Why not? Because it's pathologically childish, stupid and defensive
to do so.
I was thinking about this as I finally got around to reading the
February issue of Vanity Fair on Monday. It had a scathing,
article on how chefs like Charlie Trotter and Thomas Keller have
made the dining experience at their restaurants a celebration of the
chef's "art" instead of the customer that's actually paying the
When the Huffington Post interviewed Keller about the article, he
simply said, "At the end of the day, I disagree with Corby's
critique. From my point of view, if you come into my restaurant and
you want a bowl of Corn Flakes, my job is to give you a bowl of Corn
Flakes. I have no ego attached to what we do."
Fair enough: Disagree with the criticism. Act professionally. Move
His only comment on the subject came after he was specifically asked
about an article that has a paid circulation of 1.2 million people.
He didn't say anything about kicking Corby Kummer out of his
restaurant if he dared darken his door again.
But in the vintage car hobby, you're not supposed to criticize
anything. If you do, you get threatening messages from people named
I've seen it before. It happened to Keith Martin, famously at the
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event in 2007. Martin had written a
column on muscle car prices in his magazine Sports Car Market, which
apparently caused Craig Jackson's famously mercurial blood pressure
to peg to the red, and Martin was subsequently escorted from the
I saw it firsthand, when Hemmings Muscle Machines published a column
in August of 2005 — when I was the editor — from columnist Ray Bohacz entitled "American Muscle Car: Made in China."
In the column, Ray wrote: "The dirty secret of this business is, the
rusted hulk of a dream that you towed home and worked hard to
lovingly restore most likely has more Chinese than American lineage,
if you purchased new instead of NOS parts."
The backlash from that column was epic, solely because it was
completely factual, and nobody wants anybody in the hobby knowing
they're buying all of their parts from Foxconn-style factories in
The entire aftermarket industry revolted against the magazine, and
collectively began pulling ads en masse.
Never mind that this was ONE page out of 96 that month, out of 1,152
pages in that particular magazine that year.
It was fair, honest criticism, and as we all know, criticizing a
business for shipping all of its manufacturing to China is an attack
on America, mom's apple pie and kittens.
I'll tell you what, Bethany, I will continue to work for three
- My copy comes in clean and ready to print
- It is always on time and on budget
- People seem to like to read what I write
And in case anyone thinks I'm being egotistical, about 93.774
percent of the reason I get writing gigs — and will continue to get
writing gigs — is based on Reasons #1 and #2.
What I've learned from this exchange is that many people who have
made our hobby a business are so thin-skinned and paranoid that they
fear a single article can convince people to quit cars and take up
making macramé owls.
So listen, Bethany:
If a bullshit article like that is all it takes for me to never get
paid to write anything again — after literally millions of words
written in dozens of publications over the last 18 years — I'll get
my job back at the f-ing Highway Department, patch potholes for a
living and write for free."
For the record SEMA vice president
Peter MacGillivray says:
"Bethany Sullivan has no affiliation with our organization.
Furthermore, we don't have a "governing body" with oversight on this
issue. Don't waste your time on this one, it's jive."
Autowriter Spotlight: Read this at autowriters.com.
Wooden Horse News reports
www.AmongMen.com is a new Canadian
online men's lifestyle magazine from Ideon Media and
aimed at "Canada's modern man." Content runs the gamut
from fitness, food, tech and style to relationships.
Editor-in-chief is Christopher Turner. . . . A reader who
favors the contrary and conspiracies sent along this blog by freelancer
James Stone about
"a 74 mpg
Cadillac-sized family sedan that is not a hybrid and has
no power plug." Stone raves about this Mexican built car
called "Toledo" that has a base price of $16,000 and
offers versions that reach 117 mpg. Stone says: "You
can buy one of these amazing cars in Mexico, but you
cannot buy it in America, or even hear about ANYTHING
LIKE IT in the American press." A conspiracy, of course.
Toledo is a compact car built by the
automaker SEAT, part of Volkswagen Group. The Toledo
name was first introduced to the SEAT line-up in May
1991, with the fourth and more recent generation
being introduced in late 2012 as a 2013 model year
A cheerier note is word from SEMA that it is "seeking
the industry's brightest and most promising young
entrepreneurs to compete in the first-ever 'SEMA Launch
Pad' competition." The competition, which is somewhat
like the TV show "Shark Tank" culminates at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. It offers
executive-level innovators under the age of 40 a
platform to showcase their business plans for marketing
new automotive products or services. The winner gets a
bundle of prizes to help launch his or her idea. For
complete details go to:
contact Bryan Harrison at
In case you missed it, Source Interlink Media sold nine
motorcycle titles to Bonnier Corp: Motorcyclist,
Rider, Dirt Rider, Motorcycle Cruiser,
Baggers, Super Streetbike, Street Chopper
Rider. These titles, plus Bonnier's Cycle World will
make the company the largest publisher in the motorcycle
market, according to Wooden Horse News. In turn, Bonnier
sold seven titles to Source Interlink Media: Transworld
Snowboarding, Transworld Motorcross, Transworld
Skateboarding, Transworld Surf, Transworld Ridebmx and
Transworld Business. (Bonnier retained Transworld
Wakeboarding.) Bonnier also sold the audio and video
magazine Sound + Vision to Source Interlink Media.
According to "the Horse" Bonnier has said that no
layoffs will result from this swap. . . .Wired Magazine has been redesigned and has expanded its
content from technology to include people "who make
Mike Ryan expects to pilot this Freightliner beauty to a new class
record at this year's Pikes Peak Hill Climb with the boost of a
Banks precision-engineered Power Super-Turbo configuration on its 14.7L
Detroit Diesel engine that includes a positive displacement twin-screw
8.3-liter supercharger feeding into a massive 110mm turbocharger. . . .
Media registration for the 2013 AAPEX and SEMA Show is now open. Any
questions or difficulties registering? Just e-mail customer service at:
email@example.com . . . . .One reason concours don't suck (see
Spotlight), money they bring to local economies and charities. The first
ever Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance in North Carolina added an
estimated $2,000,000 to the Pinehurst Village and surrounds economy.
"Snake and The Mongoo$e"
due in movie theaters Sept. 6 is not a
unless you consider drag-racing in its ascending years a jungle of
struggle. It celebrates the traveling funny car duels of Don, the
"Snake," Prudhome and Tom "the Mongoose" McEwen. Their contentious
200-mile-per hour trips down the drag strip drew fans and helped
popularize the sport. . . . .
Denise McCluggage, is the
Team Chairperson for the International Motor Racing Research Center in
Watkins Glen, NY. She deems it, "a charming place with the right vibes
for getting things done." And adds, "I spend half my working existence
looking for something so I am deeply impressed by people who make a
science of knowing where something actually is." Check
www.racingarchives.org for more information about the Center and how to
contribute. . . . To learn about the actual effect of speed on fuel
Just as we were about to report Google was banning 'native ads' we came
across this from Peter Kafka at All Things D.com:
Google's display ad boss Neal Mohan is quoted: " 'native formats' have
emerged as an important new model. They provide new types of brand
experiences, like sponsored stories, that are unique to each publisher.
We are investing in models like this to connect advertisers and
publishers in a meaningful way."
Google's search exec Matt Cutts concurrently posted a video on YouTube
that warns if users of Google Search or Google News aren't made aware
that what they are reading or link references in the content are paid
for, the publishing sources are in danger of being dropped by Google. . . . . The
Detroit News reports: "The top U.S. auto safety regulator said the
agency would take action to ensure self-driving cars electronically
connected to traffic networks and to each other can't be hacked."
"Sexy Car Buyers Guide" with 50 shades of innuendo and
sub-titles that might have been concocted at a girls' night out, is in the current issue of
Road & Travel Magazine,
as well as on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. While "Quick, Cute and
Curvy," "Sultry Lines Right To Its Rear", "Hacking Hormones" and other
descriptors may not appeal to sophisticated car shoppers, Caldwell says
the feature is always a winner with her readers and fans. If you equate
"Sexy" with "Pretty," a piece by Benjamin Preston in the
New York Times'
Wheels feature may explain the appeal. He asks: "Could Pretty Cars Be The
Key To Attracting Younger Car Nuts?" He answers, "pretty cars, whether
great or not-so-great, are the flagships of automobile enthusiasm."
Racemaker Press is seeking to foster auto enthusiasm at an age when
aesthetics are still instinctual. The company has published Tommy Saal's
ABC of Auto Racing History - for Little and Big
Boys & Girls. It has
cartoon illustrations by Saal and also contains a racing reference for
adults. Check www.racemaker.com for more details and ordering. . . . .
More books called to our attention for a long, hot summer's reading
Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic by Rob Siegel author of
Mechanic" column for 25 years. He shares
his secrets to buying, fixing, and driving cool cars without risking the
kids' tuition money or destroying his marriage - 432 pages, with 37
photos Price: $29.95.
Available at www.BentleyPublishers.com
and bookstores across the nation. . .
.David Bull heralded two books: a new edition of John Horsman's
classic motorsports memoir Racing In The Rain.
First published in 2006, this award-winning book tells the story of Horsman's career as an engineer and manager with one of the most
successful organizations in racing history -- the legendary Gulf
Oil-sponsored team run by John Wyer. The other, due out this summer is,
McLaren From the Inside: Photographs by Tyler Alexander. To learn more
about these and other offerings go to
Derek Daily has written what sounds like a classic:
Race To Win. in
which he lists the seven essential skills of a champion and discusses
the strengths and weaknesses of some of the best-known drivers. He also
provides a simple formula for success with his Champion's Pyramid - a
seven-component construct which lists and ranks the qualities necessary
for the best drivers to win consistently, on any team, with any car, and
on any track. Check OctanePress.com to order a copy. . . . Last, for this
edition, Bill Maloney has sent along a copy
of the cover for his autobiography, "Windy City Adman." No price, no
number of pages or pictures, but it teases with a sub-title:
"Celebrities, Studios, Speedways and Scoundrels."
Press Box: Read this at autowriters.com.
awards and events
Webby Awards in its
Car Sites and Culture category included Steve Halloran for
www.CarGurus.com and, apparently all who write for
About.Com Auto Channels including Keith Griffin, Aaron Gold and numerous
others. . . . Ford's Mustang GT500 Shelby and redesigned Fusion
took top honors at this year's TAWA's
Auto Roundup. . . . Peter Brock has been named Grand Marshal of the
Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance on September 15 in Rancho Palos Verdes.
George Barris, Eric Grant, Wade Kawasaki, and
Joe Schubeck are the 2013 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees. They and new SEMA board members will be
installed at a gala banquet July 28 at the Sheraton in Pomona. For more
information: Jamie Eriksen at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 909-978-6737. . . .
John Krafcik, president and
chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America,
has been named "Automotive Executive of The Year" for 2013. The honor
which has been bestowed since 1964 comes from a program created for that
purpose that is currently directed by Robert Djurovic, who is director
of Automotive Services North America, DNV. . . .
Hilary Becker has been
appointed to the National Board of the Antique Automobile Club America.
She is the Hospitality Liaison for the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
From Amelia Island Concours founder and chairman Bill Warner's
description of her duties there it sounds like the AACA Board followed
the adage, "If you want something done ask a busy person."
"Connected Car Expo" and conference will be staged at the
Convention Center in conjunction with press days at the Los Angeles Auto
Show, Nov. 19-21. Technology experts from, Auto Alliance, Aha Radio BMW,
Delphi, Ford, Gracenote, Hughes Telematics, INRIX,
J.D. Power &
Associates, Kia, Livio, MIT, Pandora, QNX Software Systems,
University, Sprint Velocity, Strategy Analytics and others are slated to
participate. It is not cheap. Go to
email@example.com . . . .
Briggs Cunningham, the only American to win yachting's America’s
auto racing championships, will be honored by the Blackhawk Museum
near San Francisco with a display of his cars throughout July. . . .
To celebrate the soon-to-be-run 90th 24 hours of Le Mans, Car Art
attention to its Le Mans Gallery of 50 fine artworks by 16 top motorsports artists.
Check them out:
. . . The 2014 Mazda 6 was named winner of the Gene
Ritvo award for design and elegance by the members of the New
England Motor Press Association. The award is named in honor of
their late member who was an outstanding photographer.
Awards, Honors & Events: Read this at autowriters.com.
This feature returns with neither a rant nor a rave
but an op/ed piece written by Brett Arends for MarketWatch
submitted by Paul Weissler with this preface:
"This guy's column is a semi-political piece, but it does go through the
economics of being a journalist, and that's a subject that many of your
contributors have raised (including yours truly). The issue of
speed-and-money applies to us in automotive journalism as much as to
those in any other editorial specialty.
I cover press events that I find
are posted on the web as the programs are finishing. Or not much better,
a journalist goes up to the key presenter, asks a couple of general,
leading questions while a guy with a video camera records the answers.
Five minutes later, with one lead-in paragraph, the piece is on the
website with a link to the video. No reflection, no edit, and probably
not much money for the two guys.
Because I write for tech-oriented audiences, such as at Automotive
Engineering International (SAE) and
MOTOR Magazine, I get a little more
time to produce an in-depth tech piece. Fortunately, that also pays
somewhat better, because it costs me about $60 to $75+ just to go from
my NJ home to a press conference in NYC. The tabs: $18.80 tolls, about
$21-25 for gas even at NJ's lower prices; and $20-35 for NYC parking if
there's no free parking from the car company. But the "little more time"
to package the article still means working deep into the night and
beyond, as the online audience has already seen once-over-lightly pieces
at other websites. So it doesn't want to wait "forever" (a couple of
days or so) for AEI to provide an in-depth report with analysis.
As a result, I've become a big fan of embargoes, although I know car
companies consider them a pain to monitor. As for the pay, well I've
talked about that before, and the business case for covering any event
is simple. Unless anyone writing for $50-$75 has multiple outlets for
each event he's covering, he might as well stay home rather than drive
to a press conference, even if he doesn't have all the NYC-level tolls
and parking costs I do."
The news media is even worse than you think
Brett Arends: Market Watch
5 corrupting influences are keeping the public from the facts
Anyone who feels cynical about the U.S. media has been having a good few
There have been the high profile goofs — by CNN, in its coverage of the
Boston bombings, and by Howard Kurtz, the famous media "critic" in a blog post about gay athlete Jason Collins. The Tribune Company faces a
potential takeover by the, er, colorful Koch brothers.
And it all comes, with perfect timing, on the tenth anniversary of the
exposure of Jayson Blair, the serial fabulist, at the New York Times.
It's become a cliché these days to say you don't trust the media. But
you know what? You're right not to do so.
The problems aren't as bad as they appear. They are much, much worse.
And, as usual, almost everyone is focused on exactly the wrong things.
The problem isn't that the occasional journalist makes a mistake on
deadline. We're human, folks. The problem isn't big business, or
corporate control. It isn't even the Koch brothers. If you're a liberal,
you should probably want them to blow $600 million on a loss-making
Here are the real problems. And I don't see any solutions.
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Ex-Chrysler, SEMA and MEMA PR gal Rosemarie Kitchin has moved from being
"softly" to fully retired with the door on her Kitchin's Ink.
firmly shut in Chapel Hill, N.C. While she doesn't claim it, she may
have been the first distaff automotive pr staffer amongst the erstwhile
She thinks there may have been a female in PR at one of
them during World War II but knows of none working in that capacity when
Chrysler hired her in 1976 to handle service and parts PR, its "Women On
Wheels," program and the "Plymouth Trouble Shooting Contest."
At the time, she admits, she couldn't drive a stick shift, was just
passable with an automatic and "didn't have an inkling about the
automotive press or the advertising industry." However, she soon
established that she could handle herself in a testosterone-fueled
industry and was not to be dismissed as another "hairpin" or "skirt."
From Chrysler she went on to a number of automotive aftermarket
communications posts before opening her Kitchin's Ink agency in 1993.
Bryan Joslin left his Vortex Media
post to develop GranTurismo Magazine. Due out by the end of 2013, it will be a
bi-monthly motorcycles premium print publication with a fully optimized
digital (tablet) counterpart. The focus of the magazine is "European
motoring," which encompasses cars and motorcycles, both new and old,
along with a solid mix of lifestyle features for the affluent
owner/collector/enthusiast of European cars and motorcycles. He can be
reached at 630-640-3151 or emailed:
firstname.lastname@example.org . . . .
Nancy Darga has been
appointed executive director of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant museum
and education center established to preserve the Detroit
the Model T. More information on the museum can be obtained at:
www.tplex.org . . . . Jimmy Dinsmore has left the
Cox Media Group and
self- syndicated his Driver's Side column now running in the Dayton
Daily News and Austin American- Statesman as well as on the
www.CarProperty.com web site. He can be reached at:
. . . . Edward Lapham will retire as executive editor of Automotive News
at the end of June after 40 years with the paper. . . . The Miami Herald
has moved to 3511 NW 91st Avenue in Doral, FL, a suburb of Miami. . . .
Bruce Smith has moved back to his home in Long Beach, Mississippi after
4 years in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as founding editor of Randall-Reilly's
ProPickup magazine. Still doing the same job—editor of ProPickup, but
the new office is back home on the Gulf Coast. Work e-mail:
228-731-3018 (d) 228-669-1591 (m), 5 Pecan Lane, Long Beach, MS 39560.
Glenn F. Campbell
MPG: Trail Day, Malibu, CA
NEMPA: Cruze Diesel Program,
IMPA: Meeting, New York, NY
APA: Luncheon, J.D. Power &
Associates, Detroit, MI
NEMPA: Ford Program, Boston,
MAMA: Spring Rally, Elkhart
SAMA: Luncheon, w. Hotel,
South Beach, Acura
Luncheon, 4225 Connecticut near D.C.'s first "Freedom Station" (EV
Luncheon, CATA, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, GM
Meeting, New York, NY
Ragtop Ramble, Boston, MA
Meeting, Sparky's Hot Rod Garage, Chrysler
CAR Management Briefing Seminars:
Traverse City, MI
Frankfurt Int'l Auto Show:
Press Days, Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt Int'l Auto Show:
Trade Days, Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt Int'l Auto Show:
Public Days, Frankfurt, Germany
Honda Luncheon, Detroit, MI
Test Days. Monticello, New York
Future Cars, Future Technology, San Jose, CA
Truck Rodeo, San Antonio, TX
Luncheon, Detroit, MI
Seattle Auto Show:
APA: Consumer Reports,
Luncheon, Detroit, MI
AAPEX 2013: Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Lincoln, Luncheon, Detroit, MI
Los Angeles Auto Show:
Press Days, Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
Tokyo Motor Show:
Press Days, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Motor Show:
Special Guest Day, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Motor Show:
Gen'l Public Days, Tokyo, Japan
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A couple of quick notes: the Bentley guy is Graeme Russell, not the other way around.
And in the Kelley piece, it would have been nice to mention his
professor's name, which was John Ahlhauser, one of the great
photographers on The Milwaukee Journal in the 1960s, when the
Journal had the finest corps of news photographers in the
country, many of whom went on to careers with Life, Look,
National Geographic, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated and other
prestigious publications. I know this for a fact because I
worked with most of them in my 40 years with The Milwaukee
Journal and its successor, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I
retired as the Washington bureau chief in 2000 but still write
my car column, which I believe has had a record run.
I have not missed a week since it started in 1975.
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Author, "Never a Slow Day"
On May 31
TAWA President Michael Marrs penned the following note to TAWA
In our hurried world, it is all too often that we are led to
reflection by the unfortunate plight of those around us.
Our friend, Al Vinikour, is now producing his own "Cancer
Chronicles" as only Al can do in regard to a Stage 4 diagnosis
that has been confirmed. At a time like this, there are really
no words nor level of true understanding that can be conveyed.
However, it is the words of encouragement, the words of caring
that can provide the warming glow of comfort and hope that is so
often needed in a time of darkness. While texting and email
provide that instant outreach that is soon shifting down the
screen as each are replaced, the written word will stand the
test of time with a chance to relish each visualized concept as
it is read - then read again and again.
As we try to understand that which we can not, please keep Al
and his family in your prayers and thoughts - even if it is just
a quick 'get well' note."
5647 Pinehurst Drive
Trenton, MI 48183
As of June 14, Marrs reports Al remains in the hospital but
stays busy working as he can and writing his chronicle.
2006 Autowriters Spotlight: Al
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Keith Griffin advises Brett Johnson from Skip
Barber has extended a generous offer to any NEMPA member
looking to do a story on Barber’s offensive driving programs. He
doesn’t say what the offer is so for more information: contact:
Brett Johnson: 678-828-2045
Jeep won three significant awards here recently. NEMPA
named the Grand Cherokee "Official Winter Vehicle of
New England" for the third year in a row; the 2011 Grand
Cherokee was voted Wheels TV’s "Previously Owned Vehicle of
The Year" and Mike Manley, Jeep Brand President and
CEO, was named 2013 NEMPA Executive of the Year.
Registration for NEMPA’s annual Ragtop Ramble and
Crustacean Crawl, the organization's annual "thank you" to the
automotive industry, is now open. Go to
www.nempa.org to register.
IMPA has modernized its web site to make it easier to use and
responsive to the various devices used to access it:
www.impa.org. IMPA is seeking
volunteers from its members to help with its annual "Test Days"
Sept. 18-19. Contact: contact Paul Licata at
WAPA has redesigned its logo and, instead of a luncheon looking
for a program, it has a program looking for a lunch. Members
will visit an eVgo charging station in the city and they are looking
for a nearby place to chow down.
A Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet claimed the overall Best
Convertible automobile title at the third annual “Topless in
Miami” event hosted by the Southern Automotive Media
Michael Coates is now Chairman/co-chair of "Future Cars, Future
Technology" Summit to be held Oct. 10 in San Jose, Calif. to be
convened by the Western Automotive Journalists.
MPG postponed its June 6 Trail Day to a yet unannounced date
later in the summer.
motoring press organizations
The 18 regional automotive press associations provide information
and background not easily found elsewhere. If they are too distant
for you to attend their meetings, belonging usually gives you access
to transcripts or reports of these events and other benefits.
American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association, Inc.
Norma "Dusty" Brandel
President, Exec. Director
Automotive Press Association
Mark Phelan, President
American Racing Press Association
Stan Clinton, President
Eastern Motorsports Press Association
Ballston Spa, NY
Ron Hedger, President
Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association
Davis Adams, President
International Motor Press Association
Dave Kiley, President
Midwest Automotive Media Association
Kirk Bell, President
Motor Press Guild
Los Angeles, CA
Aaron Gold, President
New England Motor
Keith Griffin, President
Northwest Automotive Press Association
Nik Miles, President
Phoenix Automotive Press Association, Phoenix
Cathy Droz, President
Rocky Mountain Automotive Press
Nathan Adlen, President
Southern Automotive Media Association
Jaimie Flores, President
Southeast Automotive Media Organization
Texas Auto Writers Association
Truck Writers of North America
Tom Kelley, Executive Director
Western Automotive Journalists
San Francisco, CA
Washington Automotive Press Association
Melanie Batenchuk, President