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

New Type Of Re-Gen Braking To Yield Air/Gasoline Hybrid Car?
New Type Of Re-Gen Braking To Yield Air/Gasoline Hybrid Car?

The concept of re-generative braking is not new; gasoline/electric hybrids have been using the concept for some time to turn deceleration of mass into electron storage. But a team from the Institute of Engineering and Design at Brunel University in west London claim to have found a clever way to...Read More»

Toyota Auris Hybrid from BurlappCars.com
Sub-Prius 2011 Toyota Hybrid To Use European Auris Platform?

The prescient Prius peeps over at site All About Prius looked into their crystal ball and speculated that Toyota's highest-volume global car, the Auris, might well underpin the 2011 low-cost hybrid from Toyota. So the car you see here could be very close to the vehicle Toyota intends for battle...Read More»

2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450
Mercedes To Expand GL-, R-, and M-Class Alabama Factory

Inexplicably, Mercedes-Benz looks to be preparing an expansion of its Vance, Ala. factory that currently produces its M-, GL-, and R-Class vehicles. Mercedes posted a steep 20 percent decline in auto sales in February compared with its performance that month one year ago; the market as a whole has...Read More»

Axle assembly
U.S. Treasury Department Extends $5 Billion To Parts Suppliers

Many are viewing the Treasury Deparment's $5 billion in aid for the auto parts supplier industry a signal that more aid - and no bankruptcy filings - are sure to follow for GM and Chrysler. Yesterday's announcement of parts supplier aid comes not much before the autos task force's decision (due...Read More»

2009 Nissan Maxima
Driven: 2009 Nissan Maxima SV. 4DSC Faith No More.

After some city commuting and a weekend road trip in Nissan's 2009 Maxima SV, we're sad to report that the sedan has lost direction and purpose. For one, it starts at over $10,000 more than the Nissan Altima with which it shares a front-wheel drive platform and V-6 engine. As such, it has an...Read More»

2009 Honda Ridgeline
Next Gen Honda Ridgeline Lighter, More Efficient and Aerodynamic

“The (current) Ridgeline was the right thing to do at the time,” said Dave Marek, chief designer and senior manager of the automotive styling group at Honda Research and Development. “But now that the truck market is a moving target, our opportunity is to make it more fuel-efficient --...Read More»

2011 Ford F-150
2011 Ford F-150 Spied; Powered By New 6.2-liter Boss V-8

According to Detroit News, Ford will be fitting its upcoming large displacement 6.2-liter V-8 to a greater variety of 2011 F-150s than originally planned. Their spy pic reveals twin pipes supposedly unique to this new engine; not known is whether this is a true dual exhaust setup or simply twin...Read More»

2009 Acura ZDX Concept
Acura ZDX Bows in New York Auto Show

Acura has been releasing a slow stream of teaser images - with no details, save for the name "ZDX" - of a vehicle that is to be shown at the New York Auto Show and appears to be a low-slung crossover along the lines of BMW's SAC (Sports Activity Coupe), the X6. The latest image (we over-exposed it...Read More»

2009 Subaru Forester
Subaru Sales Continue Climb; Company Promotes Doll

Last week VW promoted Barbie's 50th anniversary with its proud, pink, special edition Malibu Barbie New Beetle Convertible. Subaru's promoting a doll, too...executive Thomas Doll. He's not quite the looker that Barbie is, but then again he appears to be less freakishly proportioned and has...Read More»

VW Polo Hatchback Rendering
VW Polo Sedan, Hatchback Slated For U.S. Production In 2011

Volkswagen has decided that small cars will only rise in prominence as fuel prices inevitably climb again. As such, they've decided to bring the new Polo to the U.S., which will slot beneath the Rabbit in VW's American lineup. However, for U.S. duty, they've made some tweaks to the vehicle that...Read More»

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