Colin Mathews, Author

One part politico, two parts mechanic, and three parts rabid diesel enthusiast, Colin Mathews started his career as a freelance writer in Atlanta in 1999, graduated to editorial assistant and then road test coordinator at Motor Trend Magazine, and finally got his start writing and photographing at Super Street Magazine in 2002.

Preferring personal training and an apprenticeship with an auto mechanic in Malibu to the pressures, mergers, and budget cutbacks of the post-9/11 media world, he took a hiatus from writing to focus on sculpting physiques in the gym and wrenching on, rebuilding, and fine-tuning the wheels of some of SoCal's storied citizens. Exposure to the tree-huggers on the left-coast introduced him to the land of veggie-powered Mercedes-Benz diesels, inspiring the purchase of a 1982 Benz 300TD wagon with over 300,000 miles. Nearly every weekend is spent trolling the junkyards of Atlanta for trim pieces and mechanical bits for the clunker-turned-classic that now runs on used cooking grease.

Colin is a cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady school of Journalism & Mass Communication, a former White House intern under the Clinton Administration where he assisted with speechwriting, and perhaps most passionately the kind of guy who dissected lawnmower engines as a kid and took a $500 '63 Volkswagen Beetle from dilapidated to drivable as his first proud ride in high school.

Articles

Mazda Launches 2010 MAZDA3 Web Site
Mazda Launches 2010 MAZDA3 Web Site

To bolster sales of its recently released 2010 MAZDA3, Mazda's best-selling nameplate globally, on Wednesday the company launched a Web site for the car, www.mazda3.com. Aiming towards the sporty, low-priced, youthful compact sedan market, Mazda has equipped the site with numerous interactive...Read More»

GM Heritage Fleet
NHTSA Throws Wrench Into GM Heritage Fleet Auction

Yesterday the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration halted a Barret-Jackson sale of GM Heritage Fleet vehicles midway through the proceedings. Sources close to the Web site Sports Car Market said that the NHTSA's move was not expected and pointed out that both Barrett-Jackson and General...Read More»

2010 MINI Cooper Convertible
Driven: 2009 MINI Cooper S Convertible

The 2009 MINI Cooper S Convertible we had for a few joyous days in California was a grin-inducing machine. Everyone who saw it couldn't help but crack a smile, even the most tattooed and grizzled of Harley riders. But perhaps they're just responding in kind to the driver's cheshire cat impression;...Read More»

2010 Subaru Outback
Subaru Gives 2010 Outback World Premiere At NYC Show

Subaru's one of the few automakers who enjoyed sales increases for 2008. Today at the New York International Auto Show they introduced their new 2010 Outback, which is based on the completely redesigned 2010 Legacy chassis. It's fitting Subaru chose the U.S. for the 2010 Outback's release; many of...Read More»

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Intros 2010 Outlander GT Prototype In NYC

Desiring a stronger weapon in the small SUV competition, today Mitsubishi introduced its mildly-tweaked 2010 Outlander GT Prototype. Big news is an interior made less drab with leather inserts and stitching on the dash, more power for the 3.0-liter V-6 (up to 230), "idle-neutral logic" for the auto...Read More»

Honda Dog Friendly Element
Honda Element Says 'Bow Wow Wow Yippie Yo Yippie Yay'

Honda today kept things fun in New York, announcing Dog Friendly components fitted to its 2009 Element small SUV. Changes were made to a 2009 Element in order to make it a safer place for you pooch as well as lessening the chances of you colliding with your canine in the cabin. The Dog Friendly™...Read More»

Bentley Continental Super Sports
Bentley Shows Continental GT Supersports In New York

Even the purveyor of the gas hog six-and-three-quarters-liter V-8 is now joining the green movement. The Bentley Continental Supersports you see here is powered by E85 (a blend of 85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline), thus Bentley Motors' one and only claim to eco-friendliness thus far. Here...Read More»

2010 Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche Shows Off 2010 911 GT3 At New York Auto Show

Today at the New York Auto Show, Porsche showed its new 2010 911 GT3 for the second time since its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The U.K.'s AutoCar calls the GT3 "the hardest ever 911." A bigger flat-six spits out more power, and a host of electronic chassis aids help the driver play hero in this...Read More»

2010 GMC Terrain
GMC Terrain Debuts In New York: But Can It Trump CR-V?

We wrote last weekend about GMC's 2010 Terrain small crossover, meant to do battle with the likes of the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. At 30 mpg highway with its base 2.4-liter four-cylinder, the Terrain trumps the former by 3 mpg highway, the latter by 2. We're especially interested to see how this...Read More»

2010 Acura ZDX
Acura Takes Wraps Off 2010 ZDX At New York Auto Show

Well, after half a dozen or so teases, we just saw the real-deal Acura ZDX crossover at the New York Auto Show. Well, almost real-deal; they did admit that the vehicle you see here is actually the concept. Lights, lower fascia, and taillights are likely to be different for the production model...Read More»

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