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

Third Tease For Acura's NYC Crossover; to be named MSX?
Third Tease For Acura's NYC Crossover; to be named MSX?

Acura has been releasing a slow stream of teaser images - with no details - of a vehicle that appears to be a low-slung crossover along the lines of BMW's SAC (Sports Activity Coupe), the X6. This third image shows a sloping rear profile even more dramatic than the X6; from this hazy image, it...Read More»

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Jaguar Leaps To First In J.D. Power Rankings; Buick Ties Jag

The British marque Jaguar, once infamous for being in the shop more than on the road, has risen to the unlikely spot of first place in a J.D. Power vehicle dependability ranking. GM's Buick division tied Jaguar, rising from a sixth place finish in 2008. Jaguar was rated 10th in 2008. J.D. Powers'...Read More»

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Scion To Unveil 'Micro-subcompact' Concept At New York Show

During a press conference the New York Auto Show on April 8, Scion will unveil a "micro-subcompact" car they say is a reflection of its youthful image and signals the brand's shift toward "the growing urbanization trend." Three cheers, Scion - we think the xB, which grew a massive 800 lb. heavier...Read More»

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GM CEO Rick Wagoner Claims Bankruptcy = Liquidation

First GM was anti-bankruptcy because they said it would tarnish their image beyond repair. But this morning at a breakfast in D.C., CEO Rick Wagoner sounded the full Chapter 7 alarm. He claimed that filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection would ultimately push the auto giant into liquidation...Read More»

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Acura Shows A Bit More Leg: Four-Door Coupe Crossover for NY

Acura has been hinting about an SUV/crossover along the lines of BMW's Sports Activity Coupe, the four-door X6. You know, long, tall, big on the outside, and small within. A lack of visible rear door handles suggests the coupe theme (perhaps suicide doors; more probably a handle concealed in the...Read More»

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Coupe, Convertible Versions Of Rolls-Royce 200EX Rumored

Word on the street is that Rolls is planning Coupe and Convertible iterations of its new sub-Phantom sedan, the 200EX concept revealed earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show. As part of our coverage of the show, we told you about the 12-cylinder-powered concept that will share key structural...Read More»

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OnStar Partners With Poison Control To Help Kids, Pets

We all know that OnStar can indeed be handy for making a last-minute reservation, that it's proved invaluable in helping police track stolen vehicles (or stop thieves in their tracks as operators remotely shut down engine function), and that it's saved lives by alerting authorities when airbags...Read More»

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GM Advisers Present 'Best Chance' Plan For Restructuring

GM bondholder advisers claim they've presented a plan to both GM and Obama's autos task force that "provides GM's best chance for an out-of-court restructuring." They released a statement claiming that the plan, which would trade bondholders' stake in GM's spiraling debt for equity in the...Read More»

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro On Sale: 29 mpg LS, 0-60 in 4.7 for SS

After seven years of waiting, Chevrolet dealers again have a weapon in the pony car wars. Today Chevrolet announces that the 2010 Camaro is officially on sale, set to do battle with Ford's refreshed 2010 Mustang and Dodge's Challenger, which is now available with a base V-6 and a six-speed manual...Read More»

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Opel Assistance Deal Thin On Details Says German Gov't

Yesterday German Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, on his way from Germany to the U.S. for talks with GM and U.S. government officials, called upon more information from GM regarding its proposed solution for ailing Opel. He claims that GM's plan for Opel, its German division, is thin on...Read More»

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