I’m a lifelong car nerd. It actually runs in my family: my great-great-grandfather sold Mitchells and Hudsons from 1915 to 1952, and my grandfather was a longtime member and sometime president of the Society of Automotive Historians. I was spotting the differences between badge engineered Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, and Buicks from my car seat as a wee, barely verbal baby and my preferred bedtime story as a toddler was the owners’ manual from my grandparents’ ’59 Volkswagen Transporter. The obsession has just always been there, so all I can do is figure out how best to lean into it.
I spent a couple of years as curator of an automotive museum, and while I’ve since moved on to other things in my 9-to-5 life, I still love researching and telling stories about cars, especially if I can find an interesting cultural, historical, personal, artistic, economic, or technological context to place them into. Cars are designed by people and built for our world and they reflect that in endlessly fascinating ways!
My own collection includes the ’65 Corvair Monza sedan you see above, which I’ve had since I was 17, and my ’73 BMW Bavaria, Max the Wundercar, AAN‘s mascot. I also have thousands of automotive sales brochures, every issue of Car and Driver I’ve gotten since I got my first subscription for Christmas when I was 7, a still-expanding collection of Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars, and one very patient spouse.
Thanks for coming on these adventures with me.