Lyndon Conrad Bell
Lyndon Conrad Bell is Editor-in-Chief of OnWheels Incorporated’s publications African Americans OnWheels, Latinos OnWheels and their website onwheelsinc.com. His work has appeared in a variety of publications including; Automotive Marketer, Autoworld Magazine, Essence Magazine and Forbes.com.
In addition to a lifelong love of automobiles, Lyndon also enjoys going places he has never been and seeing things he’s never seen, making him perfectly suited to judging a competition of concept cars. After all, concept cars are cars nobody has ever seen. Lyndon lives in Lafayette, California with his lovely wife Lynda.
World wanderer and automotive journalist Michael Bettencourt has managed to amuse and annoy readers and automakers alike on three different continents. He is currently the Managing Editor at autoTRADER.ca.
John has been Editor-in-Chief of Collectible Automobile, an award-winning internationally circulated bimonthly automotive-history magazine, since June 1995. However, he got his start in automotive journalism in February 1994 as new-car price editor for CA’s corporate companion, Consumer Guide, and remains a part of its new-car evaluation program. His reviews and other articles appear on The Daily Drive, the Consumer Guide® Automotive blog. He has also contributed to or edited numerous CG auto-history books.
In 2014, John served as a judge at the Eyes On Design benefit car show in the Detroit area for the first time. A newspaperman for almost 15 years before coming to Consumer Guide, he is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association.
Royal Oak, Michigan
As the name behind the online site www.kjbsyndicate.com, Kami Buchholz provides readers with vehicle driving impressions that emphasize the technical features of today’s popular automobiles. In addition to occasional general interest articles in weekly and daily newspapers, she also reports on product development trends as the Detroit Editor of Automotive Engineering International, a monthly publication published by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
This veteran automotive photographer and journalist sold his first story to The Competition Press (later AutoWeek) in 1976. Originally a racing reporter covering the North American rally scene, Cannell began to cover USAC racing during the turbulent changeover from Offenhauser engines to Cosworth V-8s and CART. Additional assignments resulted in stories about NASCAR and even Formula One.
Since then Cannell’s stories and photos have appeared US automotive enthusiast publication: Car & Driver, Road & Track, Motor Trend, AutoWeek, Automobile, Winding Road, Automotive Traveler, AutoTech Daily, Truckin, Turbo, Sport Truck, Street Truck, TheAutoChannel.com. Thom is the US correspondent for Germany’s Auto and 4Wheel Fun. As a corporate photographer he has contributed to “Every automotive manufacturer from Audi to Yugo.”
When not behind the wheel, you will find him at a Lansing YMCA pursuing his “if I ever retire” career in exercise and personal training, or just out dancing.
Dan Carney is a lifelong car enthusiast residing in the Washington, D.C. area. He is a freelance journalist specializing in new technology and motorsports, writing for publications such as FHM, Edmunds Inside Line, Truck Trend, Sports Car International, and Automotive Engineering International and many others.
Carney has authored two books, “Honda S2000″ and “Dodge Viper,” both published by Motorbooks International. He is currently president of the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA). He is an avid motorcyclist, and his helmet is a familiar sight at WAPA meetings. Carney also enjoys racing his Formula Ford in Sports Car Club of America events.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Tom Crosby is vice-president of communications for AAA Carolinas and editor of GO Magazine, which is a bi-monthly publication sent to 800,000 households. He writes new car reviews for GO Magazine, AAA Carolinas’ website and 10 newspapers in North and South Carolina, including the Wilmington Star in North Carolina.
Tom is a former reporter for The Washington Star and NBC-TV in Washington, D.C. He has been with AAA over 19 years and is responsible for his club’s public relations, lobbying, car buying service, member relations and traffic safety departments.
New York, New York
Lauren Fix, The Car Coach, is a nationally recognized automotive expert, analyst, journalist, author, keynote speaker and television host. A trusted car expert, Lauren provides an insider’s perspective on a wide range of automotive topics and aspects, industry, consumer news and safety issues. She hosts a weekly segment on NewsmaxTV called “The Pedal To The Metal”; is an automotive contributor to Parade Magazine, Arise Global News and she hosts regular radio segments on USA Radio – DayBreak. Lauren is the National Automotive Correspondent for Time Warner Cable and the host of their Car Coach segments airing twice a week.
Lauren is the author of three books: Driving Ambitions: A Complete Guide to Amateur Auto Racing, The Performance Tire and Wheel Handbook and the award-winning Lauren Fix’s Guide To Loving Your Car with St. Martins Press. Lauren’s articles and advice have appeared in USA Today, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Woman’s World, Esquire, First for Women, InTouch and Self to name a few. She also is a juror for the North American Car & Truck of the Year Awards (NACTOY).
Lauren is a long-time member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Society of Automotive Analysts (SAA) and is an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified technician. She inherited her love of all things automotive from her father who owned a brake remanufacturing business. Lauren has been fixing, restoring and racing cars since the age of 10. Her daughter, Shelby Fix, is the Car Coach 2.0. She has been advising drivers for almost all her life.
Winston Goodfellow’s love affair with the automobile was kindled in the mid-1970s when he was in high school. One day after basketball practice, a teammate called out, “You have to see this!” Parked next to the gym was a new Ferrari 365 GT/4 BB “Berlinetta Boxer” owned by a Saudi prince who attended a nearby college. A few weeks later Goodfellow saw another prince’s Lamborghini Countach LP400, and he was hooked.
Goodfellow spent most of the 1980s in the financial services industry, then changed careers in the early 1990s to become an automotive writer and photographer. Today his photos and words are found in books and magazines around the world, and his fine art prints hang in the homes and offices of auto executives, designers and collectors. He is a Pebble Beach Concours Chief Class Judge and a Seminar Leader with the Smithsonian Institution.
“When I started my career in the industry,” Goodfellow reflects, “I thought I would specialize in what
interested me—concept, performance and collector cars, and their history. I soon found myself shooting and driving things that were fast and cool, and spent time speaking with the people who created them. I was like a kid with his hand in a cookie jar!”
He hasn’t looked back. “I am one of the luckiest people in the world, for I have stumbled onto one of life’s great secrets,” Goodfellow goes on. “If you love what you do, how can it be considered work?” Goodfellow’s photographic work may be viewed at RollingSculpture.com.
Ryan Gehm is an Associate Editor for SAE International’s three industry publications – Automotive Engineering, SAE Off-Highway Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering. Other SAE publications for which he writes and edits include the quarterly SAE Vehicle Electrification digital magazine and the student-member magazine Momentum.
In addition to editing, researching, and writing on a variety of advanced-technology topics, particularly in the areas of materials, body and chassis, interiors, and performance and aftermarket, he is also responsible for SAE’s on-road commercial-vehicle content in the form of special Truck & Bus Engineering sections and a Heavy-Duty Technology eNewsletter.
Ryan has been with SAE International since 2000, and is a member of the engineering society as well as the Motor Press Guild.
Art Gould is the co-host of the weekly radio show, The Car Show, which has aired continuously since 1973 on KPFK FM, Los Angeles. This radio show is the longest running electronic media (radio, TV, internet) program about the auto industry in the country.
Broadcasting with 110,000 watts, The Car Show is heard from Santa Barbara to San Diego, transmitting on 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 93.7 FM San Diego and 99.5 FM Ridgecrest/China Lake. Also streaming live on the web at KPFK.org worldwide.
Lou Ann Hammond
Lou Ann Hammond is an automotive entrepreneur, and the owner/founder of www.carlist.com, the longest running used car database and one of the first auto sites on the internet.
Recently, Lou Ann has developed an automotive and energy issues related website, www.drivingthenation.com, that covers a broader range of subjects than solely the automotive or the energy industry. Driving the Nation encompasses both automotive and energy illustrating how dependent we are on both. Hammond’s varied background in the petroleum and automotive industry gives her an analyst insight into the myriad levels of automobile and energy topics.
Ms. Hammond guests on MSNBC, CNBC, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Fox Business News, providing insight on the global car culture, advanced technology energy,and the oil business. Hammond addresses current and promising future energies and technologies that drive America today and tomorrow. Hammond guests regularly on the nationally syndicated John Batchelor Show. The John Batchelor radio show gets more male 25-40 listeners than Limbaugh or Hannity. Hammond has written for a broad range of audiences in Wired Magazine, Green Car Journal, Auto Aficionado, Fortune.com, and Pink magazine. Hammond joins Warren Brown on his washingtonpost.com chat line.
Hammond resides in Auburn, California, located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, overlooking the Sacramento valley with her husband “Stretch” and their dog and two cats.
Santa Barbara, California
Isaac Hernández has been documenting automotive life for over 20 years. His beautiful photographs are regularly published on all inhabited continents. He writes in both English and Spanish; his witty articles are also translated to over a dozen languages, including Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish. His photographs and paintings have adorned hundreds of magazine covers, books, newspapers, music albums and galleries.
Isaac is editor at MercuryPress.com, an international media agency and photo archive. He also publishes AutoTao.com, a multilingual blog for automotive fans. Isaac is a US Correspondent for over 40 international publications, including El Mundo, the second largest national newspaper in Spain. Above all, Isaac loves humanity, as can be seen in his people photography, found at IsaacHernandez.com.
Charlotte, North Carolina
As head of The Deadline Factory, Tom provides freelance articles and photographs that appear in dozens of national magazines with nearly 1.5 million readers combined.
Active in many industry associations, including Detroit’s Automotive Press Association, SEMA and its TCAA division, and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, Tom is the co-founder of the South East Automotive Media Organization (SEAMO) and serves as a director of the Truck Writers of North America.
Along with technology coverage that can include editing a shop manual or writing about the latest telematics and intelligent-highway systems, Tom also writes numerous light truck reviews from both an adventure-travel perspective, and the business-user’s perspective.
Sherman Oaks, California
BJ Killeen, one of only a handful of female automotive journalists in the country, is well known in the industry. A former Road Test Editor for Motor Trend magazine, BJ now freelances for numerous automotive titles and websites, as well as being a contributing editor to JD Power and Associates. She currently is the Road Test Editor and co-host of “Driver’s Talk” Radio, a live Saturday broadcast that is heard in over a dozen markets across the country.
After receiving her degree in English from UCLA, BJ joined the staff of Motorcyclist magazine, where she cultivated a fondness for motorcycles and dirt bikes. She then moved on to Motor Trend magazine, where she worked her way up to become the road test editor, and was responsible for writing many monthly columns, road tests and comparison tests, as well as voting in the prestigious Car, Truck, and Import Car of the Year competitions. BJ also is an occasional guest host on the “The Car Show” automotive radio program. BJ also has appeared on television as an authority in her field, most recently on “Home Matters” on the Discovery Channel, as well as on a variety of morning news shows across the country.
She is a multiple winner of the prestigious IAMC awards, including the gold medal for Best of Radio, and is a judge for numerous automotive competitions, including Concept Vehicle of the Year, International Car of the Year Awards, and Urban Wheel Awards.
A big racing fan, her love of automobiles started early, having been exposed to the field through her father, who owned an assortment of collector classics, such as a ’61 Austin-Healey 3000, a ’641/2 Mustang, and other vehicles. BJ, a native Southern Californian, is married to automotive photographer Scott Killeen, lives in Sherman Oaks, California, and is a two-year past president of the Motor Press Guild, the organization that represents almost 750 automotive journalists and industry representatives across the country.
BJ and Scott have embarked on a new publishing venture, called BUILD BOOK, From Concept to Reality, which focuses on the build of one specific custom vehicle. BUILD BOOK #1 features Joe Rogan’s 1970 ’Cuda, built by Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy. BUILD BOOK #2 showcases POSIES Rods & Customs’ 1935 Aeroliner Sport. BUILD BOOK #3 highlights a 1961 Starliner built for Summit Racing by ProRides, BUILD BOOK #4 covers a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air built by the legendary Boyd Coddington, and BUILD BOOK #5 features the Ring brothers’ Reactor Mustang, the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year award winner.
Before and during college, Ashly drove a Checker Marathon Cab nights in his native Manhattan. It was his first job as a professional driver. Over the next few years’ young Ashly worked as a car mechanic and an automotive retailer.
After college Ashly studied personal transportation costs and their relationship to personal values. In 1977, he founded AutoAdvisor, Inc. the nation’s oldest national consumer consulting service. Today AutoAdvisor.com has helped countless individuals acquire better, safer, more reliable vehicles at lower prices.
Ashly became an auto writer in 1978 when he was asked to write monthly automobile reviews for the AAA. In the late 80′s he worked with Money Magazine to publish their first real automobile transaction price guide and continued to do so for many years. During his independent career he has worked with J.D. Powers, Zeno Group, Automotive News, Reuters, CNN, Smart Money, Bottomline Personal as well as many other publications. He’s had his own automotive talk shows on ABC and NBC affiliates.
Ashly has always enjoyed studying automotive technology and its relative value to the individual. Presently Ashly co-writes a column on transportation for Pacific Publishing in Seattle with his auto journalist wife, Jean Swenson. Ashly critiques cars and covers auto news every week on America’s News Network, ARNNRadioNews.
Ashly continues to be quoted regularly as well as doing numerous national electronic media guest spots. Ashly lives with his wife and family 417 feet above sea level on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill.
Bob is recognized for his work with new automotive releases for all major manufacturers and models with his reviews for the Greensboro News & Record daily newspaper, and is a main contributor to their Auto Show Publication.
He is the Editor and Publisher of the Vette-N-Vestments Monthly Corvette Market Letter now in it’s 26th year of production. He is recognized across the country for his knowledge and expertise in the aftermarket Corvette arena and has amassed an extensive data base on Corvette resale prices. Bob also has a monthly column “sold, Sold, SOLD!” in Corvette Enthusiast Magazine. In addition, his articles are featured in Old Cars Weekly, Cars and Parts Magazine, Magazine Corvette as well as the Corvette Quarterly Magazine.
Kay Layne is an automotive journalist, whose work has been translated into different languages and can be found in various newspapers, magazines and websites globally. She has been called upon to be an automotive expert for various television shows and news agencies. As one of the very few ethnic women working in this field, she hopes this will soon change.
Before entering the automotive world, Kay worked in radio as a reporter for 680 News. In television, she donned several hats from host/reporter to producer for such organizations as CTV, Business News Network and Rogers Television.
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Jim Meachen is a retired editor of the Goldsboro News-Argus in Goldsboro, N.C. He has been covering the auto industry and reviewing new vehicles for more than 18 years. Although retired, he continues to write a weekly review for the Goldsboro News Argus, the Los Angeles Daily News and a half dozen other newspapers in southern California. His reviews also appear on several Web sites including car-data.com and motorway.com.
Meachen is a native of South Dakota and worked for several newspapers in South Dakota and Iowa before coming to North Carolina. He spent four years in the Air Force during the Vietnam era writing and compiling a quarterly history of the 68th Bombardment Wing.
He won several writing awards during his long tenure with the News-Argus, first as sports editor and then as executive news editor.
Based in Detroit, Mark Phelan has covered the auto industry around the world for nearly 20 years. Currently an auto critic for the Detroit Free Press, he previously has edited and written for a wide variety of consumer and business publications.
Phelan lived in Europe for several years and wrote extensively about the auto industry there. He was founding editor, and most recently Editor-In-Chief, of Automotive Business International Magazine, a German publication covering vehicle news, business and technology issues.
Phelan has also written for the New York Times, Road & Track Magazine, Ward’s Communications, Automotive Industries Magazine, and many other publications.
Lens extraordinaire Brenda Priddy has earned a reputation as one of the world’s pre-eminent automotive “spy” photographers. Her undercover exclusives are a regular feature of The Car Connection and other popular websites and publications. These popular stealth-type photos are in high demand and her client list has included publications such as Car & Driver, Road and Track, AutoWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Business Week and USA Today. Brenda’s business has been highlighted in several print publications, including Newsweek, Motor Trend, Sports Car International, and various domestic and international newspapers, and her pictures have appeared in various books – from automotive interests to textbooks, and even encyclopedias.
Her first “cover shoot” was for the recently published book, Toyota FJ Cruiser, written by Larry Edsall and published by Motorbooks. Ms. Priddy contributed photos to nearly every chapter, and for the first time in many years, didn’t have engineers and security personnel blocking her view.
In addition to lurking behind trees and juggling multiple cameras with high- tech lenses, Ms. Priddy also writes about the automotive industry and is a contributing editor and photographer with several national automotive publications. In what little free time there is left, Brenda devotes herself to volunteering as an advocate for AEDs (automatic external defibrillators), and is helping to bring these lifesaving devices into schools, work places and communities.
When not writing reviews, photographing future cars or promoting AEDs, Brenda relaxes with her family, including her two children, Becca (a Theater Arts major) and Zak (a soon-to-be-famous rock guitarist and robotic engineer). They live in Arizona with a house full of dogs, cats, tortoises and a mother in-law.
Auto writer Bill Schaffer has had a long love affair with the automobile back to pre-teen years where he says, “I grew up in a small Ford dealership in Montana.” After graduating from the University of Montana, most of his career was in the newspaper advertising and management business in California and Oregon.
In 1992, Schaffer started to write auto reviews for the Central Oregonian newspaper, which he managed. Before long, his wife, Barbara, joined him and they became one of the first husband/wife auto review teams in the country. In 1993, they started Auto Digest Syndicate to provide automotive reviews to other newspapers. Over the years, their reviews and columns have appeared in hundreds of newspapers around the country.
Based in Washougal, Washington, across the river from Portland, they currently write two weekly car reviews, plus a Car Quiz and Auto Update column. Their work is distributed through American Profile magazine to their 1,400-member newspaper group, to several other newspapers, Arizona Driver magazine and on the Internet.
Schaffer is a member of WAJ, MAMA and serves as Vice President of NWAPA.
Jim Scoutten’s career began in All News Radio while still in broadcasting school; then came TV News, starting as weekend anchor for the ABC affiliate in Honolulu. He’s been a Reporter, Anchor, Producer and News Director, while working for stations in Minneapolis, Honolulu, Phoenix, Seattle, Greater Houston, and Savannah, GA.
Scoutten produced shows on automotive news, new vehicles and classic cars for TNN for 12 years. He formerly produced Car and Driver TV, working closely the Csaba Csere, Editor-in-Chief of Car and Driver Magazine. Under Scoutten’s direction, Car and Driver Television won five International Automotive Media Awards for excellence in broadcast reporting.
Scoutten continues his long time Car and Driver association as a contributor, providing new vehicle reviews for Car and Driver Radio, heard nation-wide on 125 radio stations and on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio.
Jeff has spent over 25 years maintaining, modifying and writing about automobiles and related subjects. For the past 17 years he has been associated with the Chicago Sun-Times Media, LLC. He was the very first automotive writer for the Pioneer Press Newspapers. In that capacity he reviewed new vehicles and reported on all types of automotive topics from aftermarket to NASCAR.
Jeff has been covering the Chicago Auto Show since 1989 and the North American International Auto Show since 1992 as well as covering additional auto shows in North America and overseas.
In addition to writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, Media, LLC he produced freelance pieces for lifestyle magazines, consulted on book projects and produced custom dealership marketing and sales publications
Rounding out his automotive experience Jeff has automotive marketing and promotions experience as the marketing manger for a mid-west conversion van and SUV manufacturer. He is also skilled in automotive body repair and refinishing.
Kelly Taylor is co-host of The Road Trip, a two-hour talk radio program devoted to the automobile on CJOB68, Manitoba’s Information Superstation, and a half-hour television program of the same name on the Shaw TV cable-TV system in Manitoba.
He’s also a regular correspondent for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald Wheels section, is the automotive writer for Dugger’s Fashion Magazine, a high-end fashion periodical out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has appeared in magazines such as Canadian Living and Winnipeg Men. Previously, he was automotive editor for a large Canadian daily newspaper.
The author of more than 5,000 magazine articles, hundreds of special sections and two-dozen award-winning books, Rich Taylor is also the winner of 26 International Automotive Media Awards, plus the prestigious Ken Purdy Award.
Taylor is also a juror for North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards and the Motorsports Hall of Fame. He is a judge at many national concours, including Amelia Island Concours, Fairfield Concours and Greenwich Concours. His Minisport shop has created many concept cars for manufacturers and magazines, futuristic vehicles that have been displayed at the SEMA Show, Detroit and New York Auto Shows and in the lobby of General Motors headquarters. He has also exhibited award-winning restorations at Amelia Island, Lime Rock, Fairfield and Greenwich Concours, as well as at Ford Motor Company’s 100th Anniversary Celebration.
His Vintage Rallies company has donated well over $1-million to charity during the past 18 years through its 1000-mile old car rallies, for which Rich and his wife Jean were named “Hobby Heroes” by Hemming’s Motor News. A former AMA Expert motorcycle road racer, Rich also won an SCCA Championship and the 24 Hours of Nelson Ledges, plus raced IMSA, SCCA Pro Rally and the Daytona 24 Hours as well as vintage racing his own Devin SS, Kellison J4-R and B-production Corvette Stingray.
Jim is Publisher of Southern Automotive Journal, a monthly trade publication focusing on news, trends and perspective in the automotive aftermarket and retailing fields. The publication is distributed in five southeast states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Jim began his automotive publishing career with his first magazine, Georgia Automotive Business. He has published several automotive related publications over the last ten years
Gary S. Vasilash is the editorial director of both Automotive Design & Production and Time Compression. The former was established in 1996; the latter, a product development magazine that includes coverage of the auto industry (among others), was established in 2008.
Vasilash’s coverage has been wide ranging, from interviewing some of the leading automotive designers in the world to participating in a real-world kaizen event at a supplier company working on continuous improvement.
Arvel “Arv” Voss is a Northern California based freelance automotive journalist whose Auto Impressions column appears in various newspapers and magazines across the country. In addition to doing weekly auto columns for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Oakland Tribune as well as 6 other Bay Area papers, Arv also writes a nationally syndicated monthly motorcycle column called “2-Wheeling Today” for the Motor Matters Syndicate.
A fan of things automotive since childhood, he has collected and restored many cars and trucks over the years, among those still owned, are a 1925 Chevrolet Touring, a 1939 Ford sedan delivery, a 1940 Ford Pickup street rod and a 1957 Porsche Speedster.
Voss made the move from the advertising and marketing side of the newspaper business over a decade ago to the editorial side where he could pursue his passion for wheeled vehicles. A charter member of the Western Automotive Journalists, he served two terms as president of that organization and several years as a Vice President prior to that. He and his wife reside in a restored Victorian Vallejo city landmark that is on the National Registry as well. Also an avid sailor, he is a Past Commodore of the Vallejo Yacht Club and additionally enjoys boat restoration.