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

Infiniti, Mercedes, and Lexus Lean On Incentives To Move Sales
Infiniti, Mercedes, and Lexus Lean On Incentives To Move Sales

Even luxury auto brands who once scoffed at the domestics' unseemly hood-slammin', dollar-dealin' pleas are now leaning on big incentives in hopes of reducing swelling inventories. Mercedes incentives averaged $4,185 this February according to Edmunds, an amount nearly double the brand's amount...Read More»

2009 Infiniti G37
Driven: 2009 Infiniti G37S. Great Panache With Drivetrain Lash.

Ever trying to capture the BMW 3-series magic, for 2009 Infiniti has blessed its G37S with the same hi-po 3.7-liter V-6 found under the hood of the angry Nissan 370Z Coupe. Continuously-variable valve timing and trick VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift, wherein the intake valves self-regulate...Read More»

2009 Honda Ridgeline
Driven: 2009 Honda Ridgeline

Personally a fan of low center-of-gravity, aerodynamically superior cars and wagons, I was a little underwhelmed when I discovered I'd be spending a weekend in Honda's first - and sole - pickup offering, the 2009 Honda Ridgeline. And being a gearhead, I secretly yearned for something really...Read More»

Old Gas Pumps
MPG vs GPM: Should America Make The Switch?

Apart from eating mayo with their french fries, driving a bunch of tiny little diesels, and idolizing Abba and David Hasselhoff, what's the big difference between a European and an American? Over at Green Car Reports, Editor-in-chief John Voelcker outlines the GPM vs MPG debate. As in Gallons Per...Read More»

2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4
Video: Lambo LP 670-4 SV Torments Tarmac

Happy Friday the 13th y'all. Check the feral Lamorghini LP 670-4 SV above, eyes glinting through canted headlights, wailing 12-cylinder heart breathing through straked gray vents. This thing looks like the automotive antidote to the Batmobile as it drifts in a murky underground world, a bad-boy...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Traverse
Recall: GM Vehicles Could Roll, Hummer Gas Tanks Could Eject

Much as GM can't seem to halt the massive sales and profit nosedive being handed to it by the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, 277,000 GM vehicles, despite being placed in "park," could just keep on rolling. GM is recalling the vehicles, which include the Chevrolet Cobalt, HHR...Read More»

2009 Toyota Prius
Toyota Undercuts 2010 Insight Pricing With 2011 sub-Prius

Barely missing a beat in the gas/electric hybrid sales wars, Toyota is planning a new low-priced hybrid that should come in under the $2 million yen mark in Japan according to the Nikkei business newspaper today. $2 million yen ($20,510) is a significant psychological barrier for Japanese consumers...Read More»

Car Carrier
Nebraska Dealer, Employees Steal 81 Cars, Face Felony Charges

These are the times that try mens'...criminal records. Police arrested Nebraska auto dealer Allen Patch, and employee Rachel Fait, on Wednesday in Utah. The two, plus manager Rick Covello (who turned himself in to authorities today), face felony charges for the theft of 81 vehicles from their...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
Hamsters Abandon Wheels For Kia Soul's 'New Way To Roll' Ad

It's drive day for the 2010 Kia Soul in Miami, Florida. They're attempting to convince us that the new five-passenger hatch "playfully stands out in a sea of sameness," and isn't just another little crossover commuter ant. Helping them get their point across is a trio of impressive CG hamsters...Read More»

2010 Kia Soul
2010 Kia Soul, 'A New Way To Roll,' Starts At $13,300

As Scion's edginess ebbs, Kia is moving in for the kill with the five-passenger Soul, on sale now at Kia dealerships across the U.S. The base five-door, five-passenger Soul will begin at $13,300, moving to $14,950 for the Soul+, and $16,950 for both the Soul! and Soul sport. Gr8 model names...Read More»

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