We had a shakeup at work a month ago that seriously changed the mastheads of many of our publications, including Car Craft. Though I'm in charge of the day-to-day stuff now, let's get one thing clear: Doug Glad and Jeff Smith will continue to contribute, so the overall feel of the magazine is in no jeopardy.
So who am I and how did get to Car Craft? I'm hoping my story is similar to you guys: I grew up obsessed with cars. Memories of watching my dad row through the four-speed in his '76 Monza are among the earliest of my childhood. I loved gazing across the expansive hoods of my mom's ancient '69 Sedan DeVille or my grandparents' '78 Chevrolet Caprice. I'm sure I creeped out my school-bus driver in first grade because I would always sit in the first shotgun seat studying the mechanical action of the clutch and brake pedals and the pattern of the yard-long, four-speed shift lever in her Chevy commercial-chassis school bus. I still vividly recall the growling, straight-cut First gear and squeak of the mechanical clutch linkage. I grew up with V8 American cars, and my teenage years were torture until I finally turned 16 and could drive.
I was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, attended undergrad classes at Kent State and Cleveland State, VoTech classes at Tri-C, and basically bounced around trying to figure life out before deciding on photography as a career. At age 30, I finally graduated with a bachelor's degree in Visual Communication (fancy talk for newspaper photography) from Ohio University. Finding a job at a newspaper proved difficult, but I was offered an internship at Motor Trend in 2003, so I packed my dog and a week's worth of clothes and drove to Los Angeles, thrilled to have a shot at my dream job of working at a car magazine.
Eleven years later, I'm still at it. Though Motor Trend is the cush gig at our company, I started at Car Craft seven years ago and don't want to be anywhere else. I still live and breathe cars and am a firm advocate of the do-it-yourself mentality we espouse in these pages. So much so, that I've been living in this garage for the past three years. The warehome seemed to be the best way to combat apartment rental costs, combined with the need for a place to work. Most guys get it, and some girls do, too. My dog is happy either way. Nearly everything I've written for the last couple of years was about work I've done in this place. I think I work like most of you at home: mostly with hand tools with the car on stands. I don't have a lift or massive rolling tool cabinets. I approach a job the same way you do, and I believe that makes for better articles.
More changes are looming on the horizon, including a major overhaul to our website. This is good because it will make it easier for us to communicate with our audience. In the meantime, email or message us on Facebook. I appreciate your feedback.
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