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PUBLISHER

TCC Team

As a journalist and as publisher and editorial director of The Car Connection, TCC Team has been covering the auto industry since 1979. One of the world’s most widely published automotive journalists, Paul’s work routinely appears in such publications as The Economist, Investor’s Business Daily, Germany ’s Auto Motor und Sport, Popular Mechanics, Automotive Industries, Cigar Aficionado, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun, Japan ’s automotive daily. He’s also a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and a frequent guest on a variety of other network broadcasts. Paul also serves as a member of the jury for the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, and is a board member and past president of the Automotive Press Association. He has won a number of writing awards over the years, including a prestigious Wheels award, presented by The Detroit Press Club Foundation. Born in Chicago and raised in New Jersey (exit 117, to be precise), he received an associate's degree from Brookdale Community College, and then, feeling an urge to see more snow, he moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. TCC currently resides in Pleasant Ridge , Michigan , the smallest incorporated city in the state, with his talkative trio of cats and too many computers to count.

Articles written by TCC Team

 

 

Marty PadgettEDITOR AND PRODUCER

Marty Padgett

TCC’s editor spent the '70s toddling, the '80s regretting his wardrobe, and the '90s learning the auto industry, as an enthusiast and as a journalist. Marty earned his Bachelor of Arts (cum laude, with special honors in interwar European history) from Duke University in 1991, then joined the staff of Car and Driver magazine as the editor of UpFront, the news and information corner of the million-selling monthly. After five years of road tests, comparos, video and online work, he joined Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as a media relations specialist. In 1996, he returned to journalism as a freelance reporter, with articles in Details, Men’s Health, AutoWeek, and Stuff magazines. Today, in addition to serving as editor and producer of The Car Connection, he continues to write books, including a cultural history of the HUMMER brand and a commemorative book on the 50th anniversary of Car and Driver. Marty lives in Atlanta on occasion, when he's not loitering on the Gulf coast, and still gets an irregular heartbeat from Duke basketball, although lately he’s been trying to polish a big Lindsay Davenport-style hardcourt game.

Articles written by Marty Padgett

 

 

COPY CHIEF

Bengt Halvorson

As associate editor of TCC, Bengt contributes with industry- and consumer-related news and assists in day-to-day editorial duties. He brings more than eight years of experience in automotive journalism — including positions on staff at Automobile, Car and Driver, and the British weekly Autocar. Halvorson has a rather eclectic background for an automotive writer, with Physics and Philosophy degrees from the University of Michigan , Ann Arbor . He has a strong technical knowledge for reviewing and testing products, and has in recent years become especially familiar with the environmental and regulatory aspects of the industry. When not reporting on automotive subjects, Bengt enjoys listening to, making, and critiquing music, traveling, doing photography and fiction writing, taking things apart, and tinkering with old cars...when he gets the garage space.

Articles written by Bengt Halvorson

 

 

 

CONTRIBUTORS

 

 

The author enjoying privilege at Harrah's.Mike Davis

Author, journalist and historian, Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University, an M.S. in historic preservation from Eastern Michigan University, and has complete the course work for a doctorate in technological history at Wayne State University. Mr. Davis served as a reporter for the Miami Daily News and Business Week magazine before spending 27 years as a public relations and marketing executive at Ford Motor Company and the Evening News Association. He spent five years as executive director of the Detroit Historical Society, where he also served as a director and marketing vice president of the University Cultural Center Association. He is a adjunct professor of architectural history at Eastern Michigan University . Mr. Davis is author of three technological histories – “America’s Favorite Homes,” (Wayne State University Press, 1990, with Robert Schweitzer), “The Ford Fleet,” (Freshwater Press, 1994, with Clare Snider) and “The Technology Century” (the Engineering Society of Detroit’s Centennial book, 1995, for which he was both a contributor and editor-in-chief) and contributed the initial essay for a medical history, “Polio,” (University of Rochester Press, 1997). As a free-lance journalist, he has contributed to countless magazines, newspapers and trade journals. He is a member of the Automotive Press Association and the Society of Automotive Historians, a trustee of the National Automotive History Collection, an advisor to the Automotive Hall of Fame and an elected director of the Detroit Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Articles written by Mike Davis

 

 

Jerry FlintJerry Flint

Call him The Car Connection’s curmudgeon-at-large. But to twist an old slogan, when Jerry Flint talks, people listen. And for good reason. Born an educated in Detroit , Mr. Flint served a stint with Army Intelligence in Europe , before The Wall Street Journal from 1958 to 1967. In 1967, he went to work as bureau chief for The New York Times in Detroit , a position he held until 1973. In 1973, he went to New York for The Times as Assistant to the National Editor. Mr. Flint left The Times in 1979 to join Forbes Magazine, where he remained until his retirement in 1996. There were more than a few folks who sighed in relief when Mr. Flint’s retirement approached, for his insightful and often cutting style left more than a few automotive “emperors” standing naked. But Mr. Flint wasn’t ready to drive off into the sunset, and he continues to be an active member of the automotive media—and one of the most widely-read columnists for The Car Connection. While no longer on staff, Mr. Flint writes the regular column, "Back Seat Driver," for Forbes, serves as a contributing editor on CNN/FN, produces a monthly column for Ward's Auto World and is President of the International Motor Press Association.

Articles written by Jerry Flint

 

 

Henny HemmesHenny Hemmes

An expert auto veteran, Henny serves as European Bureau Chief of The Car Connection. Besides being one of Europe ’s most prolific and well-regarded autowriters, she can boast more than 20 years of experience as race driver, race-instructor and anti-skid instructor. She started racing in 1975, after winning a talent contest in Belgium . A year later she finished second in her first 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps. It was to be the first of many podium finishes during her career in long distance racing. She won the Dutch Championship twice (with Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (400 hp) and Ford Merkur Cosworth). Henny works as test driver, automotive writer and photographer for the Dutch magazine AutoWeek, has her own page in the Dutch lifestyle magazine Living, writes a column in the bi-weekly Automobiel Management and contributes to The Washington Times (AutoWeekend section). She is a member of the Jury of the Towing Car of the Year (organized by the Dutch AAA) and of the Jury of the Business Car of the Year.

Articles written by Henny Hemmes

 

John Pearley HuffmanJohn Pearley Huffman

A native of Santa Barbara, California and a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara , John Pearley Huffman started his career in automotive media back in 1989 when he wrote and produced a 28-page parody of Car and Driver Magazine and sent it to every publication he could find. The result was four job offers, 30 freelance assignments and that Car and Driver itself bought part of the parody to run in the magazine. After that he spent 3 1/2 years on the staff of Car Craft Magazine in Los Angeles . He moved back to Santa Barbara in 1993 and has been a freelance writer ever since with his work now regularly appearing in Car and Driver (where he is a Contributing Editor), Hot Rod, Sport Compact Car and Truck Trend magazines. He also writes for Edmunds.com and The Car Connection on the Internet. He and his wife Dana are the parents of Nina, 5, and Jack, 4. He won $1,100 playing poker last night. (Artist's rendering provided by Nina.)

Articles written by John Pearley Huffman

 

Girldriver USAKate McLeod
Kate McLeod has written for magazines and newspapers for over 20 years. She writes for the CarConnection.com under GirlDriver, USA and has written for Houston Chronicle, More, Motion, Chief Executive, The New York Daily News, The New York Sun, ForbesAutos.com and Autobytel.com. Her column, GirlDriver, USA is syndicated in seven newspapers in Upstate New York. Ms. McLeod is the author Beetlemania, The Car That Captured the Hearts of Millions. She holds an MFA from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and is also a playwright. She is First Vice President of the International Motor Press Association and a member of both The Authors and Dramatists Guilds.

Articles by Kate McLeod

 

Eric Peters

Eric Peters is a Washington, D.C.-based automotive writer and frequent contributor to the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily and Washington Times, among others. In his free time, he enjoys working on old cars and currently owns a 1964 Chevy Corvair Monza coupe and 1976 Pontiac Trans-Am equipped with a modified 455 V-8.

Articles written by Eric Peters

 

 

Brenda PriddyBrenda Priddy

Lens extraordinaire Brenda Priddy has earned a reputation as one of the world’s pre-eminent automotive “spy” photographers. Her undercover exclusives are a regular feature of The Car Connection. These popular stealth-type photos are in high demand and her client list has included publications such as Car and Driver, Road and Track, AutoWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Business Week and USA Today. Brenda's business has been highlighted in several print publications, including Newsweek, Motor Trend, Sports Car International, and various domestic and international newspapers, and her pictures have appeared in various books - from automotive interests to text books, and even encyclopedias.

Her first "cover shoot" was for the recently published book, Toyota FJ Cruiser, written by Larry Edsall and published by Motorbooks. Ms. Priddy contributed photos to nearly every chapter, and for the first time in many years, didn't have engineers and security personnel blocking her view.

In addition to lurking behind trees and juggling multiple cameras with high-tech lenses, Ms. Priddy also writes about the automotive industry and is a contributing editor and photographer with several national automotive publications. In what little free time there is left, Brenda devotes herself to volunteering as an advocate for AEDs (automatic external defibrillators), and is helping to bring these lifesaving devices into schools, work places and communities.

When not writing reviews, photographing future cars or promoting AEDs, Brenda relaxes with her husband of nearly 25 years, John, and her two children, Becca (a Theater Arts major) and Zak (a soon-to-be-famous rock guitarist and robotic engineer) . They live in Arizona with a house full of dogs, cats, tortoises and a mother in-law.

 

Articles written by Brenda Priddy

 

 

 

Rex RoyRex Roy

Rex Roy is a new contributing editor/photographer to TheCarConnection. Roy qualifies as an automotive junkie, having owned an speed shop, a piece of a high-performance driving school, and plenty of weird cars (mostly sleepers). Upon graduating from the University of Michigan in three years with distinction (1984), Roy was drawn to journalism. He, however, set out on a career in automotive marketing because the money was better. Born, raised and currently living in Grosse Pointe, Mich., Roy created award winning films and catalogs for many of Detroit's major advertising agencies including J.Walter Thompson (on Ford), Campbell-Mithun-Esty (on Jeep), and D'Arcy Detroit (on Pontiac and Cadillac). During these agency stints, and while operating his own marketing company (Regis Communications, Inc.), the freedom and intellectual honesty of journalism beckoned. In 2005, Roy finally gave in and began contributing for Edmunds.com. His work can now also be found here, and in traditional rags such as Sport Truck.

 

 

Joseph Szczesny

The automotive editor of the Oakland Press in Pontiac , Mich. , and veteran automotive journalist, Joe's work is widely read in Detroit and around the auto world. His articles about the industry have appeared in Time Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Automobile Magazine and other publications. A Vietnam veteran and graduate of Michigan State University, Szczesny resides with his family in Bloomfield Township , Mich.

Articles written by Joseph Szczesny

 

 

 

 

BobWeber2Bob Weber

The Car Connection’s "On-Site Mechanic," Bob Weber, writes one of TCC’s most popular columns. A Virginia-based automotive and technical writer, Bob has nearly two decades of journalism experience. He has served as technical editor for Super Automotive Service, and has written for Motor, Motor/Age, Auto Body Repair News, Consumer Guide, Consumers Digest, and the Chicago Tribune, for which he currently writes a weekly automotive advice column, "Motormouth." Mr. Weber has worked as an auto mechanic, a shop manager, and a regional manager for an automotive service franchise operation. He is an ASE-certified Master Auto Technician, having first certified in 1976 and then re-certifying every five years since. He has worked on automobiles, trucks and small engines, and is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the SAE Service Technicians Society (STS), the International Motor Press Association (IMPA), and the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA). Mr. Weber has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Geneva College .

Articles written by Bob Weber

 

 

Gary WitzenburgGary Witzenburg

A former auto engineer, race driver and advanced technology vehicle test and development manager, Gary Witzenburg has been writing about automobiles, auto people and the auto industry for 18 years. He has been a regular contributor to a wide variety of national magazines including Playboy, Popular Mechanics, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Motor Trend, Autoweek and Automobile Quarterly and has authored eight automotive books. He is currently a Contributing Editor/Writer for Kelley Blue Book, The Robb Report, Automobilemag.com and AutoMedia.com in addition to TheCarConnection.com.

Articles written by Gary Witzenburg

 

 

Richard YarrowRichard Yarrow

After more than seven years on staff at Auto Express, Britain 's top selling weekly car magazine, Richard left in fall 2005 to spend more time with his family and get back to writing, rather than sitting in dull meetings. In the first three weeks of freelancing, he spent exactly four days at home. He's got plenty to write about, but his two young children still cower behind the sofa when he walks in the lounge. The not-so-proud owner of a very old Saab, Richard comes home from every car launch wishing he had enough money to buy the vehicle in question. Perhaps if freelancing pays off...

Articles written by Richard Yarrow

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