By on August 9, 2017

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Hello out there in TTAC land,

My name is Tim Healey and I am the new managing editor for The Truth About Cars.

That’s a strange thing to type, but it’s true. Pretty cool.

You probably don’t know much about me. I’ve not written for TTAC nor am I a well-known commenter. I have freelanced for other automotive sites, so perhaps you’ve seen my byline there. I’ve also been in this business for around a decade, so my name may be familiar to you.

If not, well, you’ll get to know me over the coming weeks, months and years. But enough about me. You’re here, like I am, for the cars. Don’t worry, by the way – I am a car guy.

I will get to that in a second. Right now, you’re probably wondering what’s going to happen with the site now that it’s under new management. In the near term – not much. Mark had things rolling along nicely and I plan to continue his efforts. I don’t believe in barging in and making major changes before I know the lay of the land, so in the short term, any changes to TTAC will likely be minor. In the longer term, there may be ways to make the site better, be it a redesign or a change in tone or content – but those changes will occur organically, if they occur at all, and since we work for you, the Best and Brightest, your input will be a part of any major changes that affect how you interact with TTAC.

As for the cars – well, I want more of them. More cars reviews, more car news, more deep-dive features, more original stand-alone journalism and content you can’t get elsewhere. The trick is doing it – it’s an unfortunate truth of the automotive journalism industry that in order to do this job well, journalists need to have some level of access to the automakers, at least in the form of press cars and attendance at press junkets.

So how to do that without selling out the honesty that TTAC is known for? For me, it’s simple – I can be critical of a car or automaker (harsh, even) without being unduly poisonous, and I expect the same of the staff. In other words, criticism is fair, being a slang term for male anatomy is unnecessary. I am not afraid to call a spade a spade – if a negative review of a car hurts us, so be it, as our responsibility is to you, the reader. But our aim, as noted above, is to be honest without being jerks.

We have to be honest. After all, as former newsbot Aaron Cole wrote once during his tenure here, it’s in the damn name (I am paraphrasing). Honesty also means calling out the good when we see it.

Essentially, we have no use for the lazy journalists who just rewrite press releases and basically serve as unpaid PR employees, but being cynical all the time can also lead one to miss the truth, too.

That means that we will not pull punches. We will be honest about what we drive and how the industry works, even as we work with automakers when needed in order to bring you reviews and other features. There’s no good way to write about cars and remain competitive without accepting press loans or trips, but it’s not hard to be honest and offer full disclosure when necessary. Furthermore, it’s one thing to attend a junket, but another to work as unwilling pawns in marketing. We may do the former, but we will work tirelessly to avoid doing the latter.

Other housekeeping of note – Mark’s six rules for commenting remain in effect (rule number one: Don’t be a you-know-what). Passionate, well-reasoned debate is fine and healthy, encouraged even, but personal attacks and outright bigotry of any kind is not and will not be tolerated.

We’re also going to work to keep politics that aren’t related to industry on the sidelines, as this is an automotive web site. Obviously the political world and the world of the automotive industry collide quite often, and we won’t shy away from offering context, analysis and (clearly labeled) opinion when appropriate, but we will save our opinions on Trump/Bernie/Hillary/the Dems/the GOP for our barrooms, living rooms and our personal side blogs.

Finally, even though we are a car site, we will not forget that there is a wider world out there, and that the automotive industry intersects with that world in many, many ways. Cars are the main focus here, but not the only thing, and we are cognizant of that.

I already wrote more than I planned on this subject, so I will wrap up now. I look forward to interacting with you all in the comments, on social media and in the real world as time moves forward. For now, sit back and enjoy the ride. I know I will.

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139 Comments on “Hello from the New Managing Editor...”


  • avatar
    phila_DLJ

    Welcome aboard the Good Ship TTAC…you CLOD! (Whoops, sorry about that, force of habit.)

  • avatar

    We have a Tim here already, GO AWAY!

    Just kiddin’. Welcome!

  • avatar
    arach

    Welcome aboard! We’re glad to have you!

    I’ve slowly migrated to TTAC as the number 1 source of car information (in addition to automotive news).

    I migrated away from other popular sources largely due to the heavy political overtones, so I hope your able to do as you state in your post and keep that from smothering the car world.

    TTAC is quality stuff. A lot of other sites really do just regurgitate the AP and Press Releases. I’m glad that isn’t TTAC…

    And while I sometimes… or often… may disagree with some of the authors here, that doesn’t mean I disagree with your approach and your efforts. You guys are great.

    welcome, and keep carrying the torch!

  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    Welcome!

    Can I interest you in a lightly used Verano Turbo 6MT?

    • 0 avatar

      Is the CarFax <5 pages long?

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      Thanks, and anything with a manual always gets my interest!

      • 0 avatar
        davefromcalgary

        http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/reader-review-buick-verano-turbo-6-speed-manual-part-1/

        http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/reader-review-buick-verano-turbo-6-speed-manual-part-2/

        The start of the descent into madness

    • 0 avatar
      phila_DLJ

      What are its most vulnerable components?

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        What are its most vulnerable components?

        Anything that can cause a “no start” condition or strand you on the side of the road.

        Quite minor really.

      • 0 avatar
        davefromcalgary

        @phila_DLJ

        The serious answer seems to be a whack of sensors and wiring that, for a few apparent causes, have not held up and seem prone to failure. (excessive flywheel vibration lunching sensors, poor finish quality damaging wiring, etc)

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      You still have that thing? Can I interest you in a very low km 2016 Ram Laramie 1500?

      • 0 avatar
        davefromcalgary

        We’re going to test drive a 2017 Tacoma TRD Sport….tonight!

        • 0 avatar
          PrincipalDan

          A former student of mine just purchased a Tacoma (TRD 4×4 – lots of toys).

          However he is currently serving in the US Marine Corp and his only true priority is if it helps him pick up chicks in his San Diego port of call. I highly doubt anything will ever be placed in the bed or anything will be towed.

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            Lol. Luckily as long as my lady likes it, I’m in good shape, and so far shes on board. Gonna need to get the headrests adjusted by an upholstery shop due to excessive forward lean, but we like the interior.

            Things will hands down be towed and placed in the bed. I’ve been saying on these here internets for a while now my desire for a camper. Theres a local place that will rent you an 18ft RV with a full bathroom and a queen bed for $750 a week. I’m really enthused by that, I feel thats going to be more economical than buying, servicing, insuring and storing a trailer.

            This would be pretty much a shared DD, with the Hyundai on standby (its earned a cushy semi-retirement)

        • 0 avatar
          danio3834

          Let me know if you end up wanting something a little bigger with more power and toys.

          Only 3400km on it! I give you best price!

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            Lol thanks Danio.

            Danio, arent we supposed to be grabbing a beer at some point?

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            Yes. Yes we are.

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            Regarding your RAM and halftons in general, we don’t really want something the girth of a current halfton. Even though midsizers are pretty big, they are smaller enough to matter.

            I find the Tacoma’s powertrain meh, but the whole package is compelling.

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            If you change your mind, I have 2017 and 2016 Laramie 1500s. Both identical aside from the colour. Hemi, 8spd, 3.92 gears, tow pkg, sunroof, nav all that. I don’t need two, so the 2016 has to go. I’m into Laramie pickups as Jack Baruth is to VW Phaetons apparently.

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            If they would just 4.7 the Taco, I don’ think they could build them fast enough.

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            Same with GM. The only redeeming quality of the first gen Canyorado was the available 5.3L.

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        How about an EXTREMELY low-mileage ’97 Ford Ranger (w/manual). Can guarantee the original odometer on board and certifiable at less than 25K miles as of this writing (though less than 300 miles to go before breaking that mark.)

    • 0 avatar
      brettc

      Tim’s new here, don’t try to sell nice people crappy used cars.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    G’day Tim. Glad to hear from you.

    It will be interesting to see how you manage reviews without p!ssing off the auto manufacturers.

    Some cars do have some awful characteristics that need to be addressed.

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      Thanks! In my experience, most automakers can handle criticism that’s honest, fair and accurate. We can’t do much about those who are too thin-skinned.

  • avatar
    JimZ

    Welcome.

    most of us don’t bite.

  • avatar
    newenthusiast

    Hello, and welcome.

  • avatar
    threeer

    Welcome to the zoo! If you can work to keep the civility in place (we can disagree on things, but for the love of all that is holy, devolving into name-calling just makes me want to run) while maintaining honesty and transparency, all will be well. Reading articles that go into different areas of the automotive world are what keep me coming back to TTAC. I can read reviews of vehicles anywhere, thought most wind up being fluff pieces. Conduct eyes-wide-open assessments of the vehicles tested. Test vehicles that the majority of the readership’s demographics can actually afford (yes, I love to look at the latest Porsche, but I have an adopted daughter that loves to participate in dog shows. I need to know how the latest crop of minivans holds up!). And I’m fine with politics when they intersect with the automotive world when it relates to policy and such…but going down the red/blue/Trump/Clinton rabbit hole gets old.

    Set engines to warp…full speed ahead. Let’s see where the ship takes us.

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      Thanks! And civility is going to be key, no one wants a cesspool in the comments section. That’s easily found elsewhere.

      And yeah, we all love the fast stuff, but I didn’t get into this business to drive Ferraris — the newest minivan or CUV matters more to most of us.

      • 0 avatar
        arach

        don’t COMPLETELY alienate those of us with Ferraris and Porsches!

      • 0 avatar
        DevilsRotary86

        “the newest minivan or CUV matters more to most of us.”

        I know some here will scoff at this, but don’t completely forget the enthusiast. Yes, we are a minor piece of the car market but we are the ones passionate enough to read about cars frequently and hence your website.

        What matters to me as an auto enthusiast is what cars are out there that can function as family vehicles but are still fun to drive.

        As an example, my wife recently commented that I have found my happy place with my Mustang Ecoboost. Enough room and comfort and storage for my family while still being a hoot to drive.

        So while the latest minivan or CUV is of course important, it would be nice to know which of those are still a little fun.

        • 0 avatar
          Tim Healey

          Please don’t take me the wrong way. I am an enthusiast. And I do love sporty, affordable cars that are family-friendly. I just wanted to make it clear that we’ll have content for enthusiasts while also understanding that a large part of the market is aimed at the non-enthusiast consumer.

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        Actually, Tim, the newest compact pickup trucks mean more… to me. Why? Because we don’t have any.

  • avatar
    Nick 2012

    “I just want to tell you good luck, and we’re all counting on you.”

    One subject I’d like to see more coverage of is amateur motorsports. In the 2010-2013 era, some of the articles from Murilee, Jack, and others got me to pull the trigger on Autocrossing, which led to running in a number of 24 Hours of Lemons and World Racing League events.

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      Thanks and thanks for the feedback. I don’t personally have much experience in amateur racing due a lack of money and time, but I’m interested in it, and it could be something we do more of in the future.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Now we’ll have to specify which Tim we are talking about if we want to give you a hard time.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Welcome to the cat herd, and good luck.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    Welcome!

    Now to business:
    1) More rental reviews. These allow you to bypass the manufacturers and their junkets.
    2) More owner reviews. These generally represent honest long term appraisals.
    3) Reviews of used vehicles. Since many of the B&B like to drive their vehicles ‘into the ground’. And since I believe that the average vehicle on the road is over a decade old.
    4) Remember that the most highly paid (and powerful) auto journalist made his name and reputation by not sticking to auto reviews but by incorporating social and political context into said reviews.
    5) As others have stated, focus on reviews of vehicles that people actually purchase, rather than exotics/supercars etc. Leave those to the ‘shills’.
    6) More articles about the ‘inside business’ of auto retailing/dealership. Although this may require having Mr. Bark sign some sort of ‘personal conduct’ contract. (Just kidding regarding Bark, sort of.)

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      Thanks for the feedback, I love knowing what works for you, the reader. Can’t promise anything, other than that I take your input seriously when considering content mix.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      “1) More rental reviews. These allow you to bypass the manufacturers and their junkets.
      2) More owner reviews. These generally represent honest long term appraisals.
      3) Reviews of used vehicles. Since many of the B&B like to drive their vehicles ‘into the ground’. ”

      Agree strongly with all of these. These are hands down the most interesting articles to me.

      Tim I had actually sent off a few pieces to Mark a while back (rental Diahatsu Terios review and my beater 2000 Nissan Maxima), do you know if they’re in the queue somewhere?

      And also: welcome Tim!

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    Welcome, but before you go too much further, whip ’em out…what do you drive?

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      Honestly, I don’t own a car. Before you tar and feather me, I need to point out I live in the big city so I have options for getting around when I don’t have a press vehicle. However, in the future, if I do buy something it would be a sporty compact with a manual (WRX/GTI/Civic Si type). My checkered past includes a Mustang LX 5.0 MT, a Grand Am that I will never speak of again, a Ford Bronco II (the ’80s were weird, man), and a ’97 Accord coupe.

      All were bought used, except the Bronco, which was a hand-me-down and my first car. The Mustang followed during college, and the Grand Am followed that when it got old. I had the Accord for the remainder of my 20s, until I no longer needed a car.

      • 0 avatar
        S2k Chris

        I am inherently distrusting of taking car advice from people who don’t use a car every day, but we’ll let it slide…for now.

        • 0 avatar
          Tim Healey

          I do use a car most days — usually a press loaner. If I am not in one for a long time, I can borrow a car from someone I know. In one way or another, I am around cars, even when not driving.

  • avatar
    01 Deville

    1. Welcome
    2. Reading between the lines, I like what I hear. Hopefully you will preserve and build on the independence of the website, while cutting down on anti GM venom and unnecessary snark in general.
    3. Biggest asset of this site is the group of contributors be them writers or commentators, hopefully you will keep them hooked and on board.
    4. MS and JB were have been exceptional in their comments moderation policy, I would love to see it continue.
    5. If you preserve independent reviews, I think most people will be tolerant of clearly marked advertisement pieces written in the forms of reviews if they help pay the bills.

  • avatar
    Speed3

    Welcome Tim!

    To echo some of the sentiments, please keep politics out of the site.

    Also, this: “More cars reviews, more car news, more deep-dive features, more original stand-alone journalism and content” sounds great.

    I agree that rehashing news and pr press releases is not great. However, we still want to know whats going on. One effective way I have seen other blogs treat this is to do a daily post with links to other sites. You can even take it further by having a summarizing sentence that is editorialized that is also a hyperlink. That way, we can get the link to the news, and in a brief description, we know TTAC’s take. No need to rewrite the press release.

  • avatar
    427Cobra

    Welcome! long time TTAC viewer here… (and committed car junkie)… I recall when Karesh was soliciting reliability data on other automotive forums (YEARS ago). I wish you luck in keeping the political rancor to a dull roar. I see where other forums are disabling comments… and unfortunate, but potentially necessary step. Hope it doesn’t come to that here. I like variety… as reflected in my current “fleet”. The exotics are nice for occasional daydreaming, but more “accessible” vehicles are what keep me coming back. I’ve had plenty of cars over the years… nothing terribly exotic other than my Backdraft 427 Cobra replica… which I sold a few years ago. I now have a 2004 Corvette Z06, a 2016 Ram 2500 6.4L hemi, and a 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis (daily driver). Wishing you the best of luck and smooth sailing on the Good Ship TTAC.

  • avatar
    davewg

    Welcome aboard. Your introductory posting definitely speaks to what I think this site should be, and the tone we should expect from you and the staff.

    I’m all in for appropriate changes to the site, content and the like.

    I too agree with many of the comments above in terms of improvement, including content (edited and reviewed of course) from the B&B. I think that might be a way to source different and interesting (automotive) related topics (owner reviews, amateur racing experience, track day blow-by-blows, etc.)

    Looking forward to the future.

  • avatar
    TeeJayHoward

    From one Tim to another,

    We have no need of non-automotive related news. It’s one of the main reasons I don’t frequent certain other “automotive” sites *cough*jalopnik*cough*. I realize that the industry branches out, and car makers have their fingers in a lot of pies. But I don’t care whatsoever about BrandX’s views on LGBTBBQZOMG, or how BrandY sponsored a certain athlete for the Olympic games. Unless there’s a model or trim commemorating said encounters, to hell with that “news”. Tell me about the Skyactiv-R. Talk about laser headlights. Mention how certain values are skyrocketing. Keep pointing out cool finds in junkyards.

    And for the love of God and all that is holy, KEEP YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS AWAY FROM THIS SITE. Half of us are right-wing NRA nutjobs. The other half are bleeding heart liberals. The quickest way to reduce your readership is to imply that either half is wrong in their views. TTAC’s been good about it so far. Please stick to it!

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      Thanks. As I said, non-auto-appropriate politics won’t have much place here. As for Brand Y sponsoring an athlete, we’d only cover that if there was a news or feature angle there that’s interesting. No simply just signal boosting of a press release.

      • 0 avatar
        tonycd

        Welcome, Tim! I second Arthur Dailey’s comments about car reviews and driving impressions of all sorts. And I third the comments about keeping the politics to a minimum. While I respected Mark, I thought the site was on the slippery slope of gradually allowing itself a more and more permissive definition of what political stories were “car-related” in order to run clickbait. It’s done insidious damage to the site’s credibility and driven a lot of the former B&B away (even those who weren’t banned) – look at a few years ago and look at now, and you’ll see a steady decay in the raw number of comments.

        You’ve jumped into a driver’s seat as seductive, and as dangerous, as an old 911. Happy motoring, and stay safe out there!

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    Welcome! There is a lot of good stuff, good people, and good honesty here. None of that needs to change. Interesting to note here is that there is a hell of a wide range and depth to many of the commenters. That, and the rough and tumble attitude of the original staff, hooked me many years ago. Whereas on other sites I will comment without making absolutely sure I know that my comment is 100% accurate, here I do so because if I say something of a technical nature and I was wrong, there will be at least one person out there who will correct me. Which is great. Things that could be better – constructive criticism:

    1. Update some of the “Hammer Time” articles and the like that is posted on the right side of the home page. There are stories from half a decade ago.
    2. Love the Junkyard finds…just more of them please.
    3. Consider revising the format of the site. I should be able to post a photo, or add italics, etc. Not possible here (most here choose to not use the forum page)
    4. Rein in the excessive political bantering. As the number one and very close number two political programs are now Fox and MSNBC, we see the hard division in our country. It would be kind of nice to be spared that here, unless the story really is of a political nature, say mileage regulations and the like.

    Note that my comments are of a structural nature. The very premise of why this site was founded and keeping that alive over the years is why I keep coming back. I do miss some of the commenters that have left, even a few that I often was at odds with. If an opinion is genuine, and there are logical facts behind it, I want to see it here especially if it varies from my own opinion.

    Keep the good ship afloat!

  • avatar
    65corvair

    Welcome,

    Sounds good to me. Keep the old car articles like junkyard finds. One or two a week is fun.

    Dan

  • avatar
    danio3834

    Welcome to the site, Tim. If you work to keep the content strong it’ll grow. Work as hard as you can to keep exclusive industry content and reviews coming and you’ll keep us long time readers happy.

  • avatar
    sirwired

    Welcome!

    My two cents: For a short while, this site put notes at the bottom of every review with what the manufacturer provided gratis; everything from “Use of the car for a week and a tank of gas” to “Transportation to Swankytown, USA, a caviar, lobster, and steak dinner, and a half-day of track time.”

    I’d like to see that again. (And if the bribery is especially egregious, call it out right there in the body of the article.)

  • avatar
    S197GT

    Welcome!

    Free loaners/trips does not equal an honest opinion. Is there anything, anywhere, in life that tells us otherwise?

    Signed,

    Another Tim.

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      We do our best to be honest, no matter how the business operates. We will disclose and not let access affect our honesty.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        I think it would be great if the press still got “ringers” and called the manufacturers out for it (Like C&D and MotorTrend did regularly receive back in the heyday of the Muscle Car.)

    • 0 avatar
      S2k Chris

      “Free loaners/trips does not equal an honest opinion. Is there anything, anywhere, in life that tells us otherwise?”

      Yes and no. My feeling is, if everyone is doing it, it means the same as if no one is doing it. They’re all playing from the same baseline.

      IOW, I don’t mind seeing disclaimers, but I also don’t get bent out of shape that car maker XXX took the writer to Europe because I know next month competing car maker YYY will take them to Hawaii, so who cares? It’s only if one car maker is doing it that they could get special treatment.

      • 0 avatar
        warrant242

        Actually I read this the same way as S197. As a change in policy leaning toward more junkets and happier reviews.

        To me, the only way to take the freebies and have a pretense at impartiality is to disclose – on each article – what the strings were. Then the readers can judge for themselves.

        Tim Healey, welcome aboard from a lurker since the E.N. days, and what do you think of the above?

  • avatar
    mikey

    Long time reader/ commenter here…Welcome Tim.

    Agreed ,civility is key here…Politics brings out the worse in people. I would be just as happy to see zero political articles .That being ,said there is news stories where auto meets politics…I’m sure we can tolerate the odd political article..

    We just need to police each other too keep it civil.

    Good luck Tim

  • avatar
    Tim Healey

    Civility is going to be a main mission. No one wants to hang out in a comment cesspool.

    And thanks!

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Longtime reader and (sometimes) contributor here – welcome aboard!

    I have some ideas for stories/series – what’s your procedure on that?

  • avatar

    Welcome to TTAC! It is the place to be.

    As a former auto writer, I get the whole not wanting to rewrite press releases, but at the end of the day, if the bossman wants it done, then I don’t have much of a choice. For what it’s worth, it was my least favourite thing to do.

    Anyways, I’m looking forward to seeing the incremental changes on what’s already the best car blog out there (IMHO).

  • avatar
    Boxerman

    While I understand elavign politics out, dont censor Jack or his social comentary.

    the reason why Uk car mags continue to proper is becasue they have interesting writing, not just dry stats and impressions about cars.
    Cars are very much part of the social fabric of the land, and car experiences and experiences in cars are very much part of it too.

    While some here may want to here about minivans, its an enthusiast site. Speed, trucks power, sells and is interesting, otherwise youre consumer reports.

    many enthusiats today go to De events, cars that work there, how to drive on track etc is interesting.

    never do a 1 lap wonder. lets read about how cars perform over 10 laps, because thats relevant and will certainly be unique and change the peckign order.

    Lastly, you may want to do some readers rides stories, that may also get you some real life car test information and exposure to a lot more cars.

    never forget the truth.

    You might also want to throw in some intereting planes trains motorcycle stores just for fun. Wings wheels and keels.

    EVO in the uk seesm to have done great, not doing minivans and sticking to interestign vehickles, be they trucks cars bikes etc.

    There is a huge niche TTAc fills, dont change it, expand it.

  • avatar
    seth1065

    Tim,
    Welcome and good luck, it seems the editor does not have a long lifespan here but perhaps you will break the streak, Get Steve Lang back he added a unique spin to the place. The B&B understand for the most part you need the press cars but try to keep it even sided, not having a car of your own is a minus, having brand new press car makes you jaded but I am sure your not the first TTAC employee who did not own a car.

    Seth

  • avatar
    MBella

    Welcome.

    I would definitely consider changing the format. The interface for comments definitely leaves a lot to be desired. On top of things others have said, posting links would make it easier to sight a source.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    So far so good (I haven’t read the other comments yet, though.) You mention cars and car-related and one car-related thing you might want to consider is towables and towing as they relate to modern cars (not trucks.) Some people think you need a truck to tow but there are numerous campers that can be towed even behind the lightest cars, along with discussions of how to tow safely (like don’t forget you have that utility trailer hooked to your back end when you go to reverse.)

  • avatar
    Alfisti

    Will say the same thing i said when Mark started.

    1) Fix the website. it’s an absolute abortion and needs to be overhauled on both formats ASAP, as in yesterday, there are a litany of problems.

    2) I can go anywhere for reviews, the strength of this site has been insider news, insider auto industry knowledge and biting commentary

    Good luck.

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      Good to hear this feedback, a redesign or other fixes may be in the works. We will keep up the insider news.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        WordPress is dead?

        Great!

      • 0 avatar
        ErickKS

        I like the layout of the site, as-is.

        It has the goods, plainly and easily viewable.

        It’s easy to spot what I want to know more about and want to click on, unlike all too many sites. Too many sites “feature” a densely-packed minefield of other misc crap that is ad-related stuff that they are hoping and trying to get you to click on.

        On TTAC, there is blessed space between things, and it’s easier to tell what from what.

        I’d be OK with an aesthetic redesign, but not one that makes it look like the horrid densepack-clutterfest-mega packed in-disaster that most sites are nowadays.

        • 0 avatar
          Vulpine

          The site’s biggest drawback is the inability to respond to commentary on-site once the replies reach a certain level of nesting. Changing the forums to another format or signing on to another forum manager (for instance, Disqus) could make following and replying to conversations easier.

  • avatar
    Ah_non_e_mouse

    Welcome aboard Tim !

  • avatar
    pb35

    Hi, Tim! Welcome aboard and good luck to you.

    Any relation to Austin? ;)

  • avatar
    carguy67

    Any relation to the late, truly awesome, Donald M. Healey of Austin-Healey fame (and his son/chief engineer Geoffrey)?

  • avatar
    rocketrodeo

    Welcome Tim. Big fan of your cousin Donald’s work. Are you Canadian or USonian?

    This site operates with the well-oiled precision of an MG that’s been stored outside for the past 30 years. If Lucas built websites, it would be this one. There is literally no other site so guaranteed to quickly kick on the processor fan on my laptop, or simply crash the browser on my iPad, then this one. It’s time for some underwood repairs.

    I’ve been here since early in the first regime and while I think the site has been coasting on its laurels for a while, the culture is a unique asset. while I wouldn’t monkey with that too much, sifting out the ad hominids and the single-marque trolls would be most welcome. Good luck!

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    Dave M.

    Welcome Tim! Best wishes on your tenure! (I say that to all the new people…I’ve had the same job for 9 years and 8 new bosses…)

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    walker42

    Welcome Tim. As long as you are aware of the big egos and drama queens going in you should do fine. Don’t pretend it doesn’t exist, embrace it for what it is and keep it in check.

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    I’ve been a Car Guy – Appraiser for 45 years and realize as most everyone here, knows that most of the car journalist out there are soft stepping nice puppets. There is as much BS in most car journalism as there is on the 6 o’clock evening news. Welcome and please keep this place The from being molested.

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    Jeff S

    Tim–I wouldn’t mind seeing more articles on older cars and trucks. I like the history of vehicles and the manufacturers. Ronnie has had some good articles relating to this.

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    Bimmer

    Well, hello to you too, Tim!

    And welcome aboard!:)

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    Frank Williams

    As the first ME this site had, all I can say is good luck and may God have mercy on your soul!

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    gtemnykh

    Welcome Tim! Wish you all the best at the helm.

    I will echo what some of the other commenters have stated: nothing trumps “real world” car reviews from long term owners, reviews of older used cars, reviews of rental cars, etc.

    It would also be really neat to get some sort of content related to wrenching on cars. How hard is it to replace an alternator or timing belt in an old XYZ? How arduous is it to rebuild the front end on a high mile ABC?
    Jalopnik has a few contributors that do really high quality write ups on maintenance and repairs on old cars (arguably the only thing worth looking at over there any more). I’d volunteer to produce some of this content to get the ball rolling if you’d like. Or even things like “What is air filter and battery access like on this press loaner I have? How hard are oil changes?” I understand that vanishingly few people actually do this themselves, but I think it is still interesting material even for those without grease under their fingernails.

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    kosmo

    Welcome!

    Leafs, Canadiens, or Oilers?!

    (apologies for the underlying Canadian assumption, but seems a reasonable, small bet)

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    JerseyRon

    A day late but welcome and wishing you much success.

    As a relatively new reader to the blog who enjoys the comments along with the posts, my only suggestion would be to invite one of the B&B to write a guest post each month.

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    Null Set

    Welcome. This is one of the few auto sites I visit regularly, because most of the major ones have been overcome by a homogenized sameness that has wrung the last drop of insight and surprise out of them. In particular, car reviews have become nothing more than a rote recitation of stats (and the ever indispensable Nurbuerg Ring lap time – barf), with most of the, er, analysis devoted to the vagaries of the infotainment system instead of what the car is actually like to drive.

    TTAC remains old school in this respect, in that its reviews actually give me a sense of what it would be like to drive the damn thing. Please don’t change this.

    Also, don’t change the deliciously tacky logo. It brings the 1970s Hasbro realness I so miss from my youth.

    Lastly, keep it Canadian. I’m an amurrican, but I grew up in Alaska, and we’ve always had a special relationship with and respect for Canada you won’t encounter here in LA. So keep the poutine warm for me.

    Best of luck.

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    chuckrs

    Real late to this one. Real life gets in the way.
    – I like Corey’s Weird/Rare Car series.
    – In the past, TTAC had at least one Ask Me Anything thread. More?
    – How about a few after market styling threads? Anything from the awful (Gemballa-class miscues) to things that are oddly good looking. Case in point, last week, for less than 2 minutes I saw a C6 ‘vette that had its schnoz replaced with a 50’s Ferrari style oval and eggcrate grille. Damned if it didn’t look good, at least at 50 feet for 2 minutes.
    – Also in the odd category, some nutball Brit stuff like the Ariels – Atom and Nomad, the Hawk and Lister Bell Stratos and other similar low volume wonders. Doesn’t have to be limited to Brits, they just seem to excel here.
    – Some techie stuff, like just how bad did VW’s (and others) diesels actually befoul the air. Never heard a straight answer, believe that pre-emissions controls, IIRC, diesels could put out up to 140 times the current limit. Implies nothing about the need to punish for fraud or excuse it, just would be informative to know the actual damage once the florid lawyer talk is stripped away.


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