Who We Are

I was born with a brass car key in my hand, and I came alive on July 7, 1987: the day I passed my driver’s test in my mom’s 1981 Mercedes 300SD. The first car I laid claim to was my Dad’s 1977 Alfa Spider, which looked really good from the beltline up.

I’ve been married for 15 years and in that time have owned (as of this writing) almost 90 cars ranging from esoteric to exotic. They come and they go. I take them, drive them, and make them a little better than when I found them. I make money on some and lose money on others. I like to think I’m breaking even overall, but that may be just a tad optimistic.

I’ve been moonlighting as a professional automotive journalist focused primarily on German cars since 2003. By the light of day I manage a variety of trade associations and professional societies. I have a long list of cars I’ve yet to own, and part of the purpose of this blog is to vet the list and separate the good cars from the bad, and to wax poetic about the things that are important – at least in my own delusional world.

~ Reed


I have been a Car Geek since pretty much day one. My first Matchbox car was a green Ferrari 250GT Lusso. I grew up watching the Dukes of Hazzard and Smokey and the Bandit and have worshiped at the altar of Charger and Trans Am since. I build Lego cars with crumple zones so when you bump them into something they deform instead of explode. I don’t care if Rendezvous was filmed using a Mercedes-Benz; in my fantasy world the Ferrari sounds are made by Enzo’s own. I named my son after a German coachbuilder long associated with BMW. I am somewhat afflicted.

When I was a kid our family had a 1972 Datsun 510 wagon, a 1968 Fiat 850 Spider and a 1964 VW Karmann Ghia convertible; later we had a 1980 VW Rabbit convertible, a 1997 BMW Z3 and a 1995 Infiniti Q45a. My current stable includes two old BMW sedans, because sedans are damn cool.

I have wrenched on British and German cars professionally when not making computers do smart, pretty things. My current day job is in advertising and I dabble as a freelance writer, editor and photographer. We established this blog as an outlet for writing about cars we like. That’s really it.

~ Jonathan


6 responses to “Who We Are

  • Dale Olson

    and why not?

  • Miguel

    Hi Miguel, I’m from Germany and I am more than 15 years in search of an Audi 5000 Turbo Diesel. Year 1981 – 1983 preferred an automatic transmission vehicle. Unfortunately in vain to this day but every day I try to every website on the planet, and maybe I’ll find someone who can help me.
    I would be very happy to help anyone from the U.S. site of me possibly an address where I can still purchase a vehicle. For any help I am very grateful and I look forward to an answer.

    I bednake and remain in the hope of getting one.

    Thank you very much

    Miguel

    • Reed Hitchcock

      they don’t come up very often, but I would check through aggregator sites like adhuntr.com that look at all the CraigsList sites. That’s where I usually stumble on the most unusual stuff. Good luck – those are really neat cars!

  • michael

    i need a dashboard for a mb 116 if you have it call me at 786 5464885 michael thanks

  • chris

    Wow. I feel outclassed. I did own a Datsun 510 with that L16 engine in the seventies. My first car, Matchbook like car, was a Renault Dauphine that was given to me more than fifty years ago. It’s around here somewhere. Maybe that’s what put me on the road to the 1998 bow-tie Corolla that I drive now. – I do appreciate the great cars tho. Found you b/c of the amazing piece about the Jensen Interceptor. And who wouldn’t immediately think of the Studebaker Avanti after that.

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