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tim75 Tim Healey Managing Editor

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business in suburban Chicago and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He lives in Chicago and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

 

Steph WillemsSteph Willems Associate Editor

Steph Willems was destined to love cars after almost being born in the front seat of a Slant-Six equipped ’76 Volaré. After this brush with greatness, how can you go back? The snarky comment he got published in the pages of Automobile while still in high school sparked a trend of opinionated obnoxiousness that continues to this day. Though his career took him into the wild and wooly world of the news media, his true passion continued to be the automotive landscape (and saving the manual transmission). He can be credited for once selling a grey, four-door Grand Am in order to purchase a grey, four-door Grand Am with better rims.

 

Timothy CainTimothy Cain  Road Test Editor and Sales Analyst

Timothy Cain was slow to speak — by choice, not because of ability. Headway was eventually made, as up until the negotiations began between the speech therapist and the three-year-old, the only words Tim would speak were the names of cars. True story, mostly. Surely the paternally infused vehicular fascination would ultimately lead to auto industry work. After a youthful trek into category space analysis in the grocery industry, Timothy began writing car reviews in print media in 2004 and launched GoodCarBadCar.net in 2007. Timothy and his growing family live in Prince Edward Island and operate a 2015 Honda Odyssey and a 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata as daily drivers.

 

posky-imageMatt Posky Staff Writer and Multimedia

Matt Posky ran the popular slice-of-life blog You Monsters Are People and had a bizarre humor column in Penthouse Magazine. Even though he currently lives in New York, he’s a Michigan native and grew up within a family of feuding GM and Ford loyalists. As a toddler, he converted dozens of cardboard boxes into imaginary automobiles. As a rowdy teen, he intentionally wrecked a junked Chevrolet Beretta in a dirt parking lot to settle a bet and attempted to convert a Plymouth Voyager Turbo into a front-wheel drag car during the Great Recession. Having worked in corporate media and public relations for automotive clients, he was made gently bitter by all the glossy falseness in advertising — and eventually abandoned that scene to write full-time. He’s driven more rental cars in more states than any human should ever have to and owned as many motorcycles as he has automobiles.

 

Mark StevensonMark Stevenson Editor-at-Large

Mark’s infatuation with automobiles was sparked by repeated trips between his birthplace of Truro and hometown of Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Canada as he attempted to identify oncoming traffic in the night solely by glowing headlights. He’s a past contributor to and managing editor of The Truth About Cars, and remains an editor-at-large.

 

Jack BaruthJack Baruth Editor-at-Large

Jack is the only person in American history to hold both a professional BMX racing license and a professional auto racing license. This, combined with five dollars, will get you a “venti” at Starbucks. He has been writing for publication since 1991 and wrote the unpopular “One Racer’s Perspective” and “BMX Basics” columns for Bicycles Today magazine. In the past several years, Jack has won a few races, lost many more, received multiple disciplinary actions for contact and rough driving, and hit the Armco at Mid-Ohio at approximately ninety-five miles per hour. He races in the NASA, Koni Challenge, and Skip Barber Mazdaspeed Series. In the past decade he has owned two VW Phaetons, a bright green Audi S5, multiple Porsches, and a deeply-missed 1982 VW Quantum Coupe in Harvest Gold.

 

Sajeev MehtaSajeev Mehta Piston Slap Editor

Sajeev Mehta wears the comment “you are completely obsessed with cars” as a badge of honor. His higher education always featured an automotive twist: Mechanical Engineering, Fine Art, Industrial Design and Marketing. These days, if Sajeev’s not knee-deep in social media there’s a good chance he’s restoring, modifying or racing one of his obscure Hot Rods somewhere in the Lone Star State.

 

Murilee MartinMurilee Martin Junkyard Finds Warlord

Murilee Martin got hooked on cars in early childhood when he rode in his father’s ’67 Ford Custom 500 with 289, floor-shift 3-speed, and manual overdrive. Later childhood experiences with a pair of Fiat 128s sealed the deal. He has relied on British Leyland products for daily transportation. He has owned terrible Detroit cars, terrible Japanese cars, and terrible European cars; a Competition Orange ’68 Mercury Cyclone vies with a ’76 Peugeot 504 for the position of ex-car he most wishes he could have back. His writer’s resume includes junk mail, transit-bus shop manuals, sadomasochistic pornography, and some other gigs too shameful to mention. He has worked as an Orange County performance artist. Someday he will own a GAZ-3102 Volga, because he feels that the GAZ-21 Volga lacks the requisite Brezhnevian charm.

 

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