Lord, Mr. Farago what have you done? Baruth just did a Lotus/Porsche comparo for Road & Track, Steve Lang is currently contributing to Yahoo Autos and Jalopnik, and Murilee Martin’s been writing for Autoweek and pieces for Car and Driver lately as well. Those writing gigs follow TTAC alumni Justin Berkowitz and Jonny Lieberman’s buff book editorial positions. The Learned Elders of TTAC continue to infiltrate and influence the autojourno world. I’m happy to announce that I’m joining the illustrious list above by becoming a regular online contributor to Hemmings Motor News. My first piece for Hemmings is a report on the Ridler Award winning car and the other Great 8 finalists at the 2013 Detroit Autorama.
Hemmings, the most prestigious collector and special interest automobile publication there is, must be doing something right in that they’re a print periodical that’s still making money in 2013. As a print publication they may have survived Newsweek, but this is indeed 2013 so HMN is expanding their online footprint. I’ll be part of that process, contributing news and comment about cars and car culture.
For those who appreciate what I do here, I’ll still be contributing my own unique musings on things automotive here at TTAC as well as editing Cars In Depth, my own site. While there is bound to be some topical overlap, the three sites have different missions so they really don’t compete with each other, or at least not enough so the nice folks at Hemmings mind.
In addition to my colleagues mentioned above, I want to thank my TTAC editors, Bertel Schmitt, Derek Kreindler, and Ed Niedermeyer for putting up with this loose cannon and perpetual adolescent. I’d never have gotten the opportunity at Hemmings if I hadn’t had a digital soapbox to stand upon here. This is a special place. Of course, particular thanks must also go to The Truth About Cars founder Robert Farago who encouraged me in the first place to contribute to TTAC and was willing to pay me for the privilege, no sarcasm intended. It’s genuinely a privilege to be part of this site, to have the colleagues I have here and of course to be able to interact with TTAC’s well informed and thoughtful commenters.
As with TTAC, I was a Hemmings reader before I was a contributor and I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t jazzed about the gig. Hemmings Motor News is one of the great things about car culture. If you haven’t yet perused an issue or checked out their website (which of course contains Hemmings’ famous classified ads as well as the Hemmings Blog, Hemmings TV, links to their publications and a section of user generated content) I urge you to do so. If you’ve found what I write for TTAC entertaining and informative, you can follow my contributions to Hemmings at this link.