Michael Frank, Author

Michael Frank got his driver's license on the morning of his 16th birthday and a year later, bought his first car, a 1974 Ford Capri with a "sleeper" 2.8 liter V-6 (and a rusting carapace of peeling blue metallic paint). The first weekend of Capridom, while Michael was away on a school trip, a neighbor plowed into the car. Michael was thrilled; he took the insurance money and lovingly massaged every dent and wart out of the surface of his Ford--and then had it painted Candy Apple Red. The car tested Michael's mechanical acuity (though not more than the subsequent purchase of a 1960 Beetle) while cementing his love for all things automotive. As an adult (sometimes arguable) he's covered the car world as both a writer and editor for such distinguished organs as National Geographic Adventure, Esquire, Forbes and Forbes.com (and currently at times for Businessweek.com) and is also a deputy editor for two-wheel-focused magazines, Bicycling and Mountain Bike, both published by Rodale.


2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: First Drive
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: First Drive

Carmakers [in 1998]: “SUVs are the new minivans, because young parents hate the minivan’s Soccer Mom connotation. Also wagons are a non-starter for precisely the same reason.” Carmaker [Acura, in late 2010]: “The new-new: wagons.” If you’re scratching your head...Read More»

2010 Dodge Ram 1500
Driven: 2010 Dodge 1500 Laramie Crew 4x4

For a very long time in this country, about 20% of all sales came in the form of trucks. Not what the industry calls “trucks” (i.e., SUVs), but actual pickups. That figure always astonished me; we simply don’t have that many contractors, painters and plumbers and there are fewer actual...Read More»

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic
Driven: 2009 Ford Fiesta ECOnetic Diesel

“We get squat.” That was the pronouncement of a journalist and car-nut friend of mine named James who I bumped into on the streets of a northern Italian town this past spring. His pronouncement came when he spied a gen-VI 4Motion Golf TDI. “We” Americans don’t get the new Golf (ne Rabbit)...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG IWC
Driven: 2009 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL63 IWC

Sales of Luxury watches are down. Sales of luxury everything is down, including cars. But this past winter Mercedes bravely brought to market a blurring of both when it promised to sell 200 (worldwide; 63 in the U.S.) SL63 AMG IWC Edition cars. Here I’ll first dissect the name, then discuss its...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz G Class 5.5L AMG
Driven: 2009 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG

Have you heard? Frugal is the new wretched excess. Target’s Merona house brand is the new Paul Smith, Kia, the new Aston Martin. Should I say it louder? Really, luxe is dead. Really! Unless you still have dough, in which case none of the above applies. Exclusivity still trumps piety and it will...Read More»

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