Who is Vincent Capece?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
who is vincent capece

“I expect to win Olympic Gold, an Oscar, a Pulitzer, a Grammy, a Nobel prize, and a Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award, but a few of them will require medical procedures not yet invented, which in itself may lead to my Sainthood (or martyrdom if things don’t work out as planned). And I’d make a run for office if not for all the skeletons (not necessarily all of them my own). I’m humble yet arrogant. Dumb and yet a genius. And I love and despise all people.” Vincent Capece’s self-description on Helium (the website, not the gas) helps us understand who Vince is deep down, rather than professionally. I leave the Google forensics to our Best and Brightest, and point you to Capece’s rant pronouncing automotive journalism DOA, killed by the Internet. “Before this computerized revolution, automotive journalism was a prime example of basic economic theory. There was a limited demand for automotive writers and a growing supply of people with basic automotive knowledge and the ability to pepper a sentence with choice adjectives. This imbalance led to continually declining wages for automotive journalists because many of these “kids” were willing to work for “free rides in cool cars.” Unfortunately, this oversupply of underachievers swallowed up the Ken Purdys and Tom McCahills of the world and allowed few David E. Davis’ and Beverly Rae Kimes to emerge… Unless we can find a way to pay “real writers” to write about cars, there is no future for automotive journalists. I’ve been fortunate enough to rub elbows with some of the greatest automotive writers of the past 30-40 years (this writer is not in their league) and sadly they are a, literally, dying breed. I can’t remember the last time I met someone who could fill their shoes.”

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  • Johnny Canada Johnny Canada on Sep 14, 2008

    Another death rattle from the Old Media. This guy reminds me of radio disc jockeys that can't understand why people would rather load up a mp3 player than listen to their top 10 selections. If it wasn't for those pesky "kids" and their newfangled Interweb, we'd be in charge. Good riddance. Long live the new flesh.

  • VinceCapece VinceCapece on Sep 24, 2008

    I would love to see the cream rise to the top. But unfortunately, the Dan Neils of the world (Ken Purdy Award, Pulitzer Prize) have been overrun by the [insert name here]s of the industry. Reading something written by Ken Purdy or Beverly Rae Kimes and then reading the drivel produced by most writers today just shows how watered down the field has become. You have to be REALLY dedicated to writing about cars to be an excellent writer and stay concentrating on cars because there's just so much more money available to other areas. And it isn't entirely writing a critical article that makes you a better writer. There are many reasons why automotive writers cannot write a scathing article on a vehicle, but there are so few writers who can put down beautifully articulate explanations on why a car is good (or bad). I want to feel the rumble of the car through the words. I want to smell the leather. I want to laugh...I want to cry. The only tears I shed are those for the state of the industry.

  • MaintenanceCosts Shame about the DCT. If this had a manual it would be a great daily driver.
  • EngineerfromBaja_1990 These cars hit rock bottom in value by the mid 2010s when the DCT related lawsuits came in droves. Too bad because other than that poor transmission and limited legroom, these are very good handling and well equipped vehicles with decent build quality and materials.We can all be very positive it was the DCT fiasco what ruined this nameplate for North America rather than the shift from sedans and HB to CUVs.The only upside is manual transmission vehicles were also affected by the low resale value, which make them an excellent buy.
  • MaintenanceCosts And this is why I just bought myself a good 2011 manual car that I plan to keep for a good long time.
  • Lou_BC The Camaro always had to contend with the Corvette. Up until the mid-engine Corvette, bother were just muscle cars occupying the same niche. The demise of the Challenger and Camaro will be great news for Ford and the Mustang. Once again they are the last domestic Muscle car standing.
  • MaintenanceCosts I love these. They are really too loud for the street--you'd have to tiptoe around subdivisions and parking lots if you don't want people to get mad--but the noise is SO beautiful.But if I got this one the first thing I'd do would take a heat gun to the white stripes. The car is plenty shouty enough without them.