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

Tesla Model S Electric Sedan Unveiled Today In LA Rocket Factory
Tesla Model S Electric Sedan Unveiled Today In LA Rocket Factory

Tesla motors has talked and teased its all-electric Model S sedan to death. But today at noon, Pacific Time, the official unveil goes down in Los Angeles. Location: "a high-security rocket factory." The perfect locale, it would seem, for the eccentric visionary Elon Musk to do his song and dance...Read More»

1980 Ford Mustang convertible
Ford Celebrates The Malaise-Era Mustang

In preparation for its iconic ponycar's 45th birthday on April 17 (official celebration in Birmingham, Alabama), Ford's been walking down Mustang memory lane. This week they drug up the Malaise Era second- and third-generation Mustangs, built from 1974 to 1982 when gas crises and claptrap catalytic...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Tiguan
Video: IIHS Adds Roof Strength Crash Test Rating

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is adding a new roof strength crash test to its regimen of front, side, and rear crash testing. The new test is designed to determine how well a vehicle's roof will withstand a crash that includes a rollover. The agency is hoping that this new...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe
Mercedes Announces 2010 E-Class Coupe Engine Lineup

Today Mercedes-Benz announces its European range of engines for the 2010 E-Class Coupe. U.S. offerings likely won't include four-cylinders or diesels (unless diesel popularity undergoes a sea change or fuel prices double). But significant changes to even the uplevel V-6 signals the greater power...Read More»

2009 Acura TL
Driven: 2009 Acura TL - Digital Delight

A member of our staff dubbed the new 2009 Acura TL "The Polynesian War Canoe". An apt handle: the newly redesigned sedan is swift, strikes awe (or fear) with its collection of angry angles, and stomps purposefully down the road. Many have criticized Acura's new beaky prow; Honda's luxury division...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
Mazda's February Japanese Sales, Export Volume Drop

Mazda today announced that its total domestic (Japanese) sales volume decreased 35.7 percent for February compared to that month one year ago. They didn't mention North American sales numbers, but noted that February exports of passenger and commercial vehicles decreased 63.8 percent year-on-year...Read More»

2009 Bentley Continental GTC Speed
Bentley Motors Builds 47th U.S. Dealership In Austin, Texas

Today Bentley Motors announces its 47th U.S. dealership and its third in Texas. Bentley Austin, which will ultimately provide both sales and service in the hill country of Austin, Tex., is set to open its doors onto Research Boulevard in early April. It will be owned and operated by John Eagle...Read More»

Rolls-Royce 200EX Concept Geneva
Rolls-Royce RR4/200EX V-12 Gets More Power Than Phantom

The new baby Roller may shrink in the shadow of the gargantuan Phantom, but it gets more power according to Rolls-Royce. Today they released more details of the RR4 project that was named 200EX in concept guise at its Geneva Motor Show debut. In addition to spreading the rumor about coupe and...Read More»

Tata Nano
Tata Nano Hits The Market, Environmentalists Sound Alarm

Many have hailed Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Motors, for doing what seemed the impossible; designing, engineering, and building a incredibly cheap vehicle (approximately $2,000), The Tata Nano, which promises to both reduce traffic fatalities and extend the freedom of personal transportation to...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Abu-Dhabi Company To Take 9.1 percent stake in Daimler AG

Aabar Investment PJSC has announced it will pay almost 2 billion euro (approx. $2.72 billion) to take a 9.1 percent stake in Daimler AG, the parent company of the Mercedes-Benz luxury marque. This will make Aabar Mercedes-Benz' largest single shareholder. Aabar is itself an investment vehicle...Read More»

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