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.
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.