By on September 3, 2010

How would you like to see your writing published at TTAC? Over the years we’ve always taken contributions from new writers, indeed many of TTAC’s current staffers (Editor-in-Chief included) started out here by pitching a story to our editors email. In hopes of highlighting new talent, giving our commentators a new stage, and generally providing a little more variety around here, we’ve decided to feature a piece by a TTAC reader or commenter every Saturday. We’re calling it Ur-Turn and the rules are very simple: When the spirit moves you to write something insightful, passionate or entertaining about cars, car ownership, the car industry, car sales, buying cars, or any other topic that you might about read on TTAC, send it to editors [at] ttac [dot] com. We will select the choicest pieces as they come in, provide the lightest of edits, and let you know which Saturday your piece will run. Keep in mind that because we cannot guarantee that your piece will run on a given week, time-sensitive pieces might not be the best idea. Contributions should be at least 600 words, but no more than 1500 words… although we’re willing to make exceptions for the right piece.

TTAC’s greatest strength has always been its dedicated, well-informed and tough-minded commentariat. This is your opportunity to share that story that was too long for a comments section, or start the debate that we’ve never gotten around to. And if you appreciate the kind of high-quality writing that TTAC provides, this is your chance to give back. After all, we ask for so very little…

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20 Comments on “TTAC Wants You...”

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    I have a lot I’d like to say, from a perspective a little different than most I guess. I’ll see if I can come up with something to submit.

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    Maybe I’ll write a screed about how every damn car out there has a swooping crease from front to back at a 10 degree angle, usually intersecting with the door handles.

    Seriously, car designers – you can’t do any better than this? Do they share all their sketches on some private forum to make sure there isn’t too much design diversity?

    I’d also like to do something like, “Hey, TTAC readers – if safety regulations have made small, light cars impossible, how do you explain the Smart?”, but getting it up to 600 words would probably require a lot of cursing.

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    Years ago while on a sales trip I was in the usual post call position…sitting on my ass drinking at the local airport pub.
    Not sure how it began, but another peddler told a joke and had a few really laughing.
    Another salesman overheard and joined us.
    He then offered his joke and had the crowd falling over.
    Then the battle began.

    First the one, then the other and each joke/story was better than the last!
    The entire bar was captivated by these two.
    It was an evening I will never forget. The jokes weren’t just short one liners or quick funnies, but long stories and told as if by the great story tellers of our time.
    Real wordsmiths.

    How does this lead to the above request?
    Well, I took one thing from this…leave the work to the professional and those that really have the skill.
    I for one am in awe of the writers and many contributions of the B&B.

    For me, I feel it’s an honor, a privilege, to not only be allowed to add my thoughts, but to actually get responses from all.

    No, I think I shall just be content to add a few passionate thoughts here and there and leave the real color to the rest of you.

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    Telegraph Road

    Ed–Good, but just be careful about accepting articles from partisans in the auto industry–America largest.  Many of the B&B are employed by auto OEMs, domestic suppliers, or dealers.  You certainly wouldn’t want to publish a review of a Ford vehicle written by me. (And while I’m at it–you certainly wouldn’t want to publish a review of a Ford vehicle written by Silvy, regardless of where he is employed.)

    • 0 avatar

      If you could be reasonably impartial in your analysis, it might be interesting to read.

      It was the massive consumption of own press, that diluted the gene pool, and nearly led to the wholesale extinction of the Big-3.

      I could see this going on so clearly … one example … I was in the Design Studio in Building 2 during the development of the D219, and on the floor (besides the Mustang interior buck) was a reference vehicle (VW Passat) … I had already seen how the studies were aping VW styling and Audi interiors … and said to my Ford counterpart … “Oh God, no, please tell me J is not going to try and make D219 into a Super Passat!” (because at that time, VW and Audi exterior were nearly interchangable and quite devoid of personality) to which he replied “No, ours will look much better.” And we all know how the Ford Five Hundered turned out … Super-Passat-ish and quite boring…

      Problem was, was that no one dared to ask the Don Petersen question anymore: “Honestly now, would you buy it, and if not, what would have to change?”

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    Well, there WAS that bar girl in that waterfront joint in Keelung, Taiwan.
    Her dark eyes held unspoken tales and mysteries from who knows where relayed by sailors who had few to share their stories with, other than a strange female in a foreign bar.
    Gliding sensuously beside me she she whispered of the three outside in the dark alley alongside the joint, waiting for a drunk Navy man to depart the dive. An easy mark for those with evil intent and a lust for unearned income.
    Thanking her in the best way I knew…. a greenback for a good deed rendered… I prepared myself mentally and slid out the back door, my energized fist wrapped around the 3-foot-long baton in the slip-ring upon my leather shore patrol belt as I surreptitiously slid towards the alley entrance when a gasp of astonishment announced my presence to all with ears to hear and I heard the sound of several scurrying feet echoing down the alley into the distance as I stood there, eyes wide with astonishment at the sight of the 1971 Duster 340 parked next to the rear of the side alley’s entrance.

    • 0 avatar

      “Just then, before I could react, a shadowy figure emerged from the driver’s side. Striding toward me, hidden in all but silhouette by the blazing street light behind him, he extended his hand.

      “Hello,” he said. “I’m Jack Baruth.”
      etc etc.

    • 0 avatar
      Telegraph Road

      obbop: Be thankful your currency was hard.  But I’m shocked–How did you get the 1971 Duster 340 to Taiwan?

      Ed–Still thinking this is a good idea?

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    If I might suggest a change in the name of the proposed feature: the “Ur-” prefix in German (and sometimes in English as well these days; pronounced “oor,” not “your”) refers to the original example or instance of something, and people who know “Ur” in this context would think “Original turn? What are they getting at?”
    Also, anyone in a position to solicit written contributions should explicitly state whether writers will be paid some (presumably nominal) amount versus nothing at all. I’m not making a judgment as to which is the correct course for you to follow here; nonetheless, you should be clear up front.

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    Yes, I second “You-Turn;” it’s like “You Tube,” only without the video of dramatic groundhogs.

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    I don’t have enough of a knack for finding the dark cloud behind every silver lining.

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    RF still owes me $200

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    RF agreed with me that the “911 must die”.
    I have the article ready, but the audience has migrated so far to the left side of the bell-curve that it doesn’t matter.
    Besides, TTAC has become so pathetic that Panthers are a topic…
    Panthers? A stinking taxi/pigcar platform garnering more than a passing chuckle? On a site supposedly about cars?

    • 0 avatar

      Would like to see your article.  Perhaps Ur-turn would be a good forum.

      Would also like to see someone comparing the aggregate sales and profit generated by Panther vs. 911, or all of Porsche for similar time-periods.

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