By on March 17, 2013

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.

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57 Comments on “Another TTAC Writer Makes Good...”


  • avatar
    mcs

    Congratulations Ronnie! I think you’re going to be a great addition to Hemmings!

  • avatar
    ajla

    That seems like a decent fit for you.

    Just be sure you research your posts. TTACers can be tough, but some of those Hemmings commenters are brutal.

  • avatar
    european

    blowing your horn, i see. no wonder other writers are leaving TTAC, TTAC’s is loosing reputation left & right.

    • 0 avatar

      Blowing my own horn? Well, like the great sage Hillel said, if I’m not for myself, who will be for me?

      Yes this post is a bit self-promoting (along with promoting TTAC and Hemmings), but I didn’t mention my own new gig before I mentioned, in a complimentary fashion, five other current or former TTAC writers who are now contributors at establishment automotive publications.

      TTAC has had writer turnover since the early days. That’s a fact of life at any publication, but the only long term writer who has left the site recently has been Mike Karesh.

      The new guys, DeMuro, Kreutzer and “Mental” Ward, have writing talent and I read their posts. They’re fine additions to the site.

      • 0 avatar
        Ggip

        Did you just pull out the אם אין אני לי מי לי card? Respect. Good luck at Hemings.

      • 0 avatar
        jetcal1

        Ronnie,
        Seems like your article could read a bit like a resume for yourself AND the other writers here.

        If you can do it, it ain’t braggin’

        Congratulations!

      • 0 avatar
        AFX

        “Blowing my own horn ?”

        Since it’s Hemmings that’d be an Ah-ooo-Gah horn.

        Good luck on your new writing gig at Hemmings. I guess now would be a good time to stock up on plaid shirts, and maybe some of those Sans-a-belt slacks and orthopedic shoes they advertise for sale on the back of American Legion magazines. I know some of those Hemmings readers can be real sticklers for details and can be crochety old coots. You’ll have to forgive them though, some of them don’t like all these newfangled contraptions they put on modern cars like self starters and hydraulic brakes, and some still haven’t adapted to the thought of not having the spark advance on the steering column anymore.

        Maybe you could shake things up while you’re over there. I propose that Hemmings should get together with Grassroots Motorsports, get a Model-T and drop a Hayabusa engine in it, and enter it in a 24 Hours of Lemons race.

      • 0 avatar
        european

        yes, Ronnie Schreiber,

        if your writing/work is any good you wouldnt need to
        self-promote. this article just proves you yourself are sub-conciously aware that you lack any writing skills and therefore need to compensate.

        i remember your TTAC article where you complained that some webspider-bot copied your article without giving proper credit and “stealing your livelihood”. just PATHETIC!

        anyways, self-promotion doesnt belong on TTAC. TTAC should be better & more professional. so good riddance.

        • 0 avatar
          niky

          1. The best, the worst and the in-between writers self-promote. So I see that as a non-issue. If a man can’t go down to his favorite pub and announce to the boys he’s got a new job, where else can he celebrate?

          2. I don’t know what fantasy world you live in, where every online writer gets paid whether they get read or not, but web hits are money. Some of us get monetary bonuses for hits and unique views. Others make money off of site advertising, which is also dependent on views.

          3. Apparently your reading comprehension has failed you, because Ronnie has said several times he isn’t leaving. Of course, since Bertel has put you on last chance status, already, somebody else might be.

    • 0 avatar
      Summicron

      Congratulations, Mr. Schreiber. You’ve provided some impressive historical insights in your writings here. I love that.

      @european
      Won’t anyone heed your cries for help?

    • 0 avatar
      fredtal

      If you really thought TTAC is loosing reputation YOU would leave.

    • 0 avatar
      jetcal1

      European,
      So erudite on so many issues, maybe you should write for TTAC and perhaps restore its tarnished luster. I for one would greatly enjoy your contributions to TTAC, as I am sure would many others.

      I know that the opportunity to read your articles would make the day for many readers. You would undoubtedly receive many posts in reply.

  • avatar
    vaujot

    Congratulations!

  • avatar
    lmike51b

    Congratulations Ronnie and thanks for the great articles.

  • avatar
    mikey

    Excelent! Congratulations Ronnie, I love reading your stuff.

  • avatar
    Morea

    TTAC produces successful writers because the B&B toughen them up before they go mainstream! :-)

  • avatar
    olddavid

    The enthusiasm you show is probably contagious, therefore your widening circle of influence is welcomed by this curmudgeon. I have always been of the mind that anyone making the transition from print to our current electronic wild west will be in a unique position to become the new elder statesman that all subsequent entries will attempt to duplicate. I chose to retire simply because I recognized my skill set – while adequate from 1965-2000 – had become substandard. The recognition of Hemmings is, in itself, high praise. So, to all you Cowboys who are writing the rules as you go, I tip my hat and raise a shot of redeye in congratulations.

  • avatar
    old fart

    Seems like rats fleeing a sinking ship, let’s hope that’s not the case. If all we have left is new guys and part timers the place won’t be the same .

  • avatar

    Thanks for all the kind comments. Nobody likes to waste effort and it’s gratifying that there are people who appreciate my contributions here.

  • avatar

    Congratulations Ronnie, you have enough talent to write for any publication,automotive or otherwise.

  • avatar

    Fantastic news! Congratulations – Hemming’s is a very esteemed publication.

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    Well done Ronnie! Congrats!!

  • avatar

    Congrats, Ronnie!

  • avatar
    MrWhopee

    Congrats on the new gig! It’s also good to hear that you are not leaving TTAC. It will be sad to lose yet another good writer…

  • avatar

    Congratulations Ronnie! And if you haven’t already done so, the Hemmings Sunoco Station on the west end of Bennington on VT Route 9 is a MUST visit. Those guys are the real deal.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    Congrats Ronnie! Well deserved, and you’ve got some great skills. As a longtime TTACer, I have no problem with staff and duty changes. That’s life. I thought I would crater when Farago left; while I still miss his veracity, TTAC has grown and developed. Although I STILL giggle when I see a B9 Tribeca…

    Kudos, and glad you’ll still be contributing here. I also will check out Hemmings….

  • avatar
    50merc

    Cream rises to the top.

    And a small correction: you didn’t “make good”, you were already good.

    TTAC is to writers as the original Saturday Night Live was to comedic talent.

  • avatar
    doug-g

    Congrats. Did you take the job they listed that required a move to Vermont? I’m sure you’ll look great in those funny hats with ear flaps and enjoy spending your free time tapping trees to make syrup. Since you once referred to me as (I think it was a “bigot”) for not liking Romney when you commented on some site, I am sure you can handle the hecklers. (BTW, that remark made me laugh.)

    Hemmings is sacred ground for the collector car people – kind of like the Catskills for old comics. I look forward to reading your work. I’d also appreciate some syrup should you end up with any extra.

  • avatar
    panzerfaust

    Hemmings is one of my favorites, been reading it for years, and I read your article on the Ridler, it was very good. Congratulations and I look forward to more of your work.

  • avatar
    modelt1918

    Until I read this fine article, I didn’t realize how many of the TTAC writers are writing in so many of my other favorite print periodicals. No wonder I make TTAC a must read everyday. Congrats to everyone and I from now on, I will pay more attention to who is contributing elsewhere.

  • avatar

    I’m a bit late to this party, but congratulations Ronnie! Glad to hear you’ll still be contributing here, as well.

  • avatar

    Congrats.

    I enjoy Hemmings, becuase the nature of their coverage makes them kind of immune from the inputs of the OEMs. The coverage of their stories also keep them out of the pockets of their advertisers. Their advertisers to to appeal to honest dirty fingernails kinda folks anyway. You will fit in well.

    • 0 avatar
      AFX

      “I enjoy Hemmings, becuase the nature of their coverage makes them kind of immune from the inputs of the OEMs.”

      Yeah, I guess their not too likely to get angry letters from the CEOs of Pope and Hupmobile, although I heard Tucker recently threatened to pull their ads for radios and accesories from the magazine.

  • avatar
    niky

    Congrats! Hemmings is a great publication, and despite not being officially distributed here, I’ve had the pleasure of coming upon their mags every now and then.

  • avatar
    Monty

    Mazel Tov Ronnie!

    Hemmings, eh? Does it get any more prestigious than that? Look at all you kids developing your wings and flying from the nest…

    Congratulations – you’ve earned it, and deserve this gig, based on your contributions here and at your own site.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    May your roads ahead be interesting on your new assignment, and looking forward to your continued contributions here.

    Congratulations!

  • avatar
    Neb

    Congrats, Ron. I’ve always enjoyed your articles on cars and their history.

  • avatar
    AFX

    I can just picture it now:

    Ronnie gets all excited when Hemmings asks him to write of driving test review of a Cobra engine.

    Only later on he finds out it’s not a Shelby Cobra engine, but rather a Crosley COBRA engine instead.

    (Insert Darth Vader “NOOOOOOO !!!” here)

    • 0 avatar

      Great bit, but honestly, I think that as a writer I’d have a lot more fun writing a review of a Crosley than of a Shelby. I bet there are a lot more road tests and reviews of Cobras than of Crosleys and in general I’d rather write about something different. I’m the guy who will walk past ’57 Chevys and ’69 Camaros to take pics of a Ford Maverick.

  • avatar

    Boy do I hear you on that Maverick comment Ronnie. You definitely are a kindred spirit when it comes to car shows and non-garden variety attendees. The formerly common and disposable cars like Mavericks and Vegas were not saved as collectors. Now they are rock stars at shows because of their scarcity.

  • avatar
    photog02

    Hemmings might not be the top in popular mindshare among the everyday folk but, as far as reputation goes, they are far and above the top. Congratulations! You are now supporting two of my favorite, and most respected, titles!


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