the road ahead
The age of the quantum computer and its nearly
simultaneous billion operations is upon us. It crept
over the horizon of possibility with Lockheed
Martin's purchase of such a device for use in
its worldwide security services. What does it do and
how does it work?
Well since it is a security
device, it's a secret. However, David Vranicar,
links below) offers this simple description of
quantum computing. "Traditional computers rely on
information stored as zeros and ones. Together, the
0s and 1s form bits. Machines that use quantum
technology, however, have a different type of bit.
Unlike a conventional bit, a quantum bit, or "qubit,"
has the physical properties of an atom. And because
of an atom's' ability to be in dual states, a qubit
can simultaneously be 0 and 1.
"A qubit, in this sense, is a coin resting on its
edge, capable of going either way and, as a result,
performing at a higher level than conventional
bits." – which Vranicar compares to a string of
heads or tails coin flips. He says, "30 quantum bits
can allow a billion 10^9 operations at once.
Whereas, a gate with 30 classical bits does only one
operation." That means doing much, much more
computing with less and doing it much, much faster.
However, Kaila Colbin in an Online Spin
column (A Million Views On YouTube -- And Other
Lotto Wins) points out the conundrum of the more
content available the less chance of any specific
content being seen.
Just as our ability to "friend"
thousands via social media doesn't increase the
average persons ability to maintain more than 150
may solve that in the future.
Chinese research found
that teenagers addicted to computing (more than 30
hours on the computer per week) actually evidenced
changes in their brain functions. However, a Pew
Research Center survey about the future of the
Internet, "technology experts and stakeholders were
fairly evenly split as to whether the younger
generation's always-on connected to people and
information will turn out to be a net positive or a
net negative by 2020, " as summarized by a Center
For Media Research Brief, "The Impact of
Whatever the impact, it appears we will rely on
search engines and other aggregators of content to
filter the flood of our incoming Internet data.
Quantum computer links:
Road Ahead: Comments?
Lotus staged a technical press workshop for small groups of journalists
invited to its Sterling Heights, Michigan offices earlier last month. Frank
Sheronsky, a veteran automotive engineer, was among them and he provided
Torque News with an insightful summary of some intense one-on-one sessions
as well as photos and footage. For the report, go to:
Dave Morgan reports in Online Media that there will be a projected
350 million computer-driven Internet connected televisions in the world by
2015.Which he says will mean more content choices, more a la carte programming
and a shortage of quality video content. (Good news for writers). . . Matt
Straz in Online Spin predicts that next year Social TV will
get hot and Magazines will go tablet. Time, Inc. has already announced all
21 of its U.S. titles will be available on tablets in 2012.
Wooden Horse News reports "Apple's Newsstand, a feature that is
included in Apple's new iOS 5 operating system for its iPad, iPhone,
or iPod touch gadgets, has sent publishers swooning. Conde Nast
(VOGUE*, GQ*, GOLF DIGEST*) announced a 268% spike in
subscriptions since the Newsstand launched. Publisher Hearst (WOMAN'S
DAY*, ELLE*, CAR AND DRIVER*) has seen a 10-fold increase
from September last year. The new nail biters are whether ad sales will follow
and if the enthusiasm will last." . . . AOL and Huffington Post
don't have to pay their bloggers, a US District judge ruled Friday, according to
the Associated Press, and dismissed the lawsuit filed against them by
Jonathan Tasini and other bloggers. The bloggers knew from the start they
wouldn't be paid, the judge declared, and could have taken their work elsewhere.
Road Signs: Comments?
Captured at the 2010 event and re-circulated to promote this
year's recent Legends of Riverside TV Racing Film Festival &
Legends Gala, this photograph of Carroll Shelby,
Parnelli Jones and Dan Gurney (l-r) may become a treasured
keepsake of American racing's golden years.
Because the Petersen Automotive Museum calendar is too
full to carry complete in this Newsletter, contact
your own copy or suggest your readers do so if they plan to
visit L.A. From kids to hard-core enthusiasts, the museum offers
something bound to appeal.
TAWA, in addition to its famed truck rodeo and recently
added annual Texas Auto Roundup (coming up April 29)
initiated a scholarship program for college journalism students.
Shown l to r below are Brenda Fanara, Director of
Development, University Of North-Texas, Mayborn School of
Journalism, Harold Gunn, for whom the scholarships are
named and recipients Margo Maldonado and Brittnee
Jessica Anderson is the new president of WAPA
More than 1800 profehttp://w
outstanding Amelia Island Concours event are available in
print or digital form from:
Jaimie Florez was elected 2012 President of SAMA
Unidentified to protect the innocent, these NEMPA
volunteers checked their dignity at the door and became elves,
Grinches and Santas at the group's annual
Christmas/Hanukah/ Kwanzaa/New Year's get-together at the
Boston Globe. It also captures the lighthearted camaraderie
that makes NEMPA perhaps the busiest of the nation's automotive
In addition to regular monthly dinners, members take part in the
"Ask The Experts" feature at the New England Auto Show,
select a "Winter Vehicle of The Year" (Won this year by
Jeep for the second year in a row) and help select the "Pre-Owned
Vehicles of The Year" for Wheels TV. They also will select
the winner of the Gene Ritvo Memorial Design & Elegance Award
in conjunction with Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and the
Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation. The award is
named for the late Gene Ritvo, a NEMPA member and veteran
concours photographer who had an unusually keen eye. "The Ritvo"
honors the best in design in the automotive world, whether it is
a production vehicle or a concept car, a marketing campaign, a
logo or some element of a vehicle that "defines elegance in
Then, there is The Autonomous Vehicle Panel to be on
stage at MIT and the Yankee Cup Technology Award
to be determined by a panel of MIT professors. Both taking place
on NEMPA's 25th Anniversary dinner at MIT. A portion of
the proceeds from the annual dinner and the advertising space in
the program book will go towards the Autism Speaks
charity. The annual Ragtop Ramble/Crustacean Crawl is
July 19-20 and right after that, July 21, Cool Cars For Kids
will provide 25 young patients from the Dana Farber Institute
and their families with rides in cool cars provided by
participating manufacturers and NEMPA members.
awards honors and events
TheDetroitBureau.com reports, "In a surprise move, a panel of
64 journalists named the
Volkswagen Up! the World Car of the Year
during a ceremony at the 2012 NY Auto Show - besting the
Porsche 911 and BMW 3-Series.
Stefani, lead designer, holds the World Car of the Year
award for the Volkswagen Up
Hyundai topped the Brand Keys
2012 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index in the automotive category.
It was sixth among all brands worldwide and the only automotive
brand in the top 20. Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys,
noted in Marketing Daily that Hyundai's Assurance program probably
accounted for its win but he added, "Who cares that there are
probably eight people who actually took the Assurance deal; it was
the right thing to do for the time."
Derek McNaughton, Postmedia Network's
national driving editor, was named the Automotive Journalist
Association of Canada's Automotive Journalist of the Year. The
award is sponsored by Land Rover of Canada. . . Henry
Biedrzycki of Charlotte N.C. won two Porsche vehicles in
the 2011 Continental Tire Dream Giveaway that raised more
than $200,000 for charity. Biedrzycki's winning ticket among 54,000
entries brought him a Porsche 911 GT3, a Porsche Cayenne S
Hybrid, the IRS withholding requirements for the package
and a personal driving lesson with Hurley Haywood. . .
. . The Toronto Globe and Mail's GlobeDrive.com, won and
Editor & Publisher "Eppy" for "best automotive web site."
The Society of Automotive
Historians honored Caribbean Capers: The Cuban Grand Prix Races of
1957,1958 & 1969 written by Joel Finn and published by
Press in collaboration with Garnet Hill Publishing. Also available
from Racemaker is a remarkable work 40 years in the making: The
O'Keefe Winners Database: A Searchable Comprehensive Database of
Moor Racing Events 1895-2010. Compiled by Jim O'Keefe, its 250,000
pieces of data contains the winners of 22,000 races from all over
the world. The Society presented its Ingersoll Award to O'Keefe for
his monumental effort. Both titles are available from
Andy Stonehouse won the first annual Outstanding Automotive
Journalist award presented by vote of the Rocky Mountain Automotive
Press Association. He writes weekly reviews for Colorado's Summit
Daily News and is a frequent contributor to the Boulder and Salt
Lake City daily newspapers. . . . "Senna," by Asif Kapadia
Manish Pandey, a full-length documentary that follows the Formula
One career of the late racecar driver Ayrton Senna, won the
Dean Batchelor Award, presented by the Motor Press Guild. The
Guild's "Lifetime Achievement Award" went to Brock Yates while
Tom Stahler won "Best Article." Janos Wimpffen, "Best Book" and
Klein, "Best Photography."
Warren Brown's weekly On Wheels column in The Washington Post earned
him the Washington Automotive Press Association's 2011 Golden Quill
Award. . . . A Ford van was the only domestic brand to break into
the final rankings in the first German Blogger Awards as voted by 27
Deutschland auto bloggers. . . . Juno sports prototype driver
Sarah Reader was crowned 2011 champion of the British Women Racing Drivers' Club.
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin's Road America will host Girls Go Racing The Art
of Racing, Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6 and MAMA's annual
Rally Wednesday and Thursday, May 23-24.
The female drivers event, organized by Susan Frissell,
publisher/editor of www.Womenwithwheels.com, includes some classroom
instruction, track time monitored by professional drivers, relays
and slalom. The event schedule includes a cocktail reception
Saturday night, May 5 and full day at the track May 6. For more
information and a registration packet for the driving adventure,
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-224-7506. Media are welcome
About 100 automotive journalists and 50 PR professionals are
expected to take part in MAMA's 2012 Spring Rally that starts with a manufacturers gathering the night of Wednesday
May 22 and continues with track and off road
driving evaluations of new model cars. . . . .
On May 15, top marketing chiefs from GM, Honda, Hyundai and
will discuss "Projecting (and Protecting) Your Brand in Marketing's
New World" at
an Automotive News seminar in Los Angeles. Contact
for more information.
Amazon's E-Books and Kindle Fire are changing the publishing business
with legacy publishers and literary agents being pushed to the sidelines
according to an article in the New York Times by David Streitfield. He
Amazon executive Russell Grandinetti, "The only really necessary people
in the publishing process now are the writer and reader. Everyone who
stands between those two has both risk and opportunity."
For writers, the
Internet offers a simple proposition: the more readers you attract,
the more you get paid.
Forbes has been doing this for awhile under the
aegis of "Entrepreneurial Journalism." This presents some problems for
writers Andrew Boer notes in his MediaPost column on performance-based
pay. He says, "The biggest problem is that performance–based pay shifts
nearly all of the risks on to the writer ... how can the writer
control whether publishers promote their content on the home page, have
decent page rank or promote content in newsletters?"
A second concern
Boer lists is the system's built-in downgrading incentive for authors to
write many quick and easy pieces, hoping one of them strikes a bonanza
of reader hits. And third, pay for performance has a stigma of
commercialism authors used to distain. But, Boer advises they may need
to change their minds "because authors are rapidly becoming the primary
driver of content distribution." In another article for Online
Publishing Insider, Boer sees the writer being "transformed from a
freelancer to a minor brand. The author becomes the true publisher in
search of a content aggregator with a willingness to pay for his or her
It seems like yesterday that pundits were sure Americans would never pay
for online news and commentary. Now they are starting to ante up,
according to Steve Smith, in a piece titled "Pay?" appearing in
and Behavioral Insider, a Mediapost offering, he cites Press+'s
experience with metered tariffs that makes the company think peoples'
expectations of free content may be shifting.
Press+ works with hundreds
of publishers to promote metered payment models and now has 285 sites
using the system whereby consumers pay to read more after linking to a
number of articles for free over a given period of time. According to
Smith, "Press+ says that readers often will opt to subscribe before the
system actually cuts them off from more access and forces them to buy-in
or abandon. Some papers are seeing more people elect to subscribe off of
Subscribe Now house ads on the site than wait until they hit the article
limit." Smith adds, however, "Of course, it's still unclear whether the
metered approach is realizing the kinds of revenues news publishers need
to sustain journalism as we have known it."
Former Edmunds.com editor-in-chief Karl Brauer has his
site up and running.
The "Total Car Score" that gives the site its name incorporates a
default list of nine equally weighted authoritative auto industry
sources including: Consumer Guide, Consumer Reports, Edmunds.com,
Power, MSN autos, The Car Connection, and US News & World Report. In
addition, Brauer has assembled a team of automotive journalists and data
experts to add reviews, news, commentary and used car prices. Brauer can be reached at:
"Landspeed Louise" Noeth thought she was traveling a familiar road
when she bought back the publishing rights to her book: "Bonneville Salt
Flats: The Fastest Place on Earth." But it turned out that the
University of Utah Press wanted to mark the 2014 celebration of 100
years of racing on the salt by updating and re-publishing her tome. She
has been busy gathering photos and interviews about all that was
memorable at the western Utah speed grounds since 1998, where her
original 156-page ‘Bible of Bonneville" left off. "This edition," she
says, "will be held to a higher standard and be suitable for scholarly
Racer magazine has been re-acquired by Paul Pfanner's Race Media &
Marketing Inc. Lawrence Foster continues as editor-in-chief. . . .Wooden Horse News
reports Collier's magazine re-launched after being out of print since
1957, taking a "55 year nap." Like the original publication, the new
edition covers current events and literary topics. Look for features on
the arts, cinema, politics, business, health and finances, as well as
other aspects of American life and culture. The magazine is seeking
submissions. John Elduff, is the editor, and can be reached at
For information visit www.colliersmagazine.com. . . . .
Bloomberg Businessweek* re-launched the companion
www.Businessweek.com website on
February 28. The revamped site is designed to more closely reflect the
print magazine's look, with additional photos and brightly color-coded
section tabs. Visitors also will find more analysis, and more links to
Yet another revival
is National Speed Sport News which, under new owners, slated its first
print edition to debut one year after its storied predecessor bit the
dust. As Speed Sport magazine, it is a glossy monthly supplemented by
constant updating of Speed Sport Mobile, Speed Sport Digital and its web
site: www.nationalspeedsportnews.com. The goal is to continue and
expand the exhaustive coverage of all forms of professional motorsports
that its predecessor provided under editor emeritus, Chris Econommaki.
The new editor is Mike Kerchner. For inquiries email
. . Motor Trend launched a YouTube channel, where new episodes of
various series will be offered five days a week. It will include
material from other titles owned by Motor Trend's parent company, Source
Interlink Media. Among them will be Hot Rod and Motorcyclist. Source
Interlink Chief Content Officer and Motor Trend Channel Executive
Producer Angus MacKenzie, said the company's new move, "continues its
transformation from a legacy magazine publishing business to a
media-neutral content creation company," according to David Goetsl in
Media Daily News.
Also new on the Internet is: www.motorsportmagazine.com from the United Kingdom. The site is an extension
of the print version with, as expected, an emphasis on the European
circuits and drivers in podcasts, interviews, columns and reviews. . . .
Closer to home, Roman Mica and Nathan Adlen signed an agreement with
Shankly Productions to produce and distribute a new automotive TV show
based on their popular YouTube videos, Fast Lane Car. Shankly is based
in Hollywood, Calif. and London, England with affiliates worldwide. . .
Drive On YouTube launched in January and takes its audience on the road
to races, factories and movie studios. Featured are Leo Parente,
Matt Farah, Alex Roy, Mike Spinelli and
Ray Wert (www.youtube.com/Drive).
. . Test Drive, is a new digital magazine launched by the Canadian
Automobile Association (CAA) and the Automobile Journalists Association
of Canada (AJAC), and produced by Totem Communications Group. It can be
downloaded at: www.testdrivemagazine.ca . . .
offering enthusiasts a means to create their own online group buys as
well as take advantage of vendor group buys
through its redesigned web site debuting April 9.
Scott Burgess and The Detroit News have split, again. After reconciling
a much publicized spat when the paper
edited one of his columns following a complaint by an advertiser, the
erstwhile auto critic left to join AOL Autos as a senior editor.
He can be reached at: Scott.Burgess@teamaol.com . . . Let's
hope it was money and opportunity that lured Burgess and not the shake-
up of the auto staff
at the paper. Alan Derringer is the auto editor,
Jaclyn Trop now covers
Ford, Melissa Burden has the General Motors beat and
Alisa Priddle keeps
an eye on Chrysler. Christine Tierney is in the paper's Washington
Bureau covering Michigan interests there and, apparently, auto shows in
Mark Williams (email@example.com) made the switch from print
publishing (Four Wheeler, Truck Trend, Motor Trend) to the web, taking
the reins at www.PickupTrucks.com following Mike Levine's departure to
Truck PR at Ford. . . , . . Former Detroit Free Press business and auto
editor Sarah A. Webster joined the Society of Mechanical Engineers as
editor-in-chief of its Manufacturing Engineering Magazine. In addition
to the monthly print and digital magazine, she'll oversee yearbooks with
in-depth overviews for aerospace and defense, energy, medical and
motorized vehicles manufacturing. Editorial inquiries can be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org. . . . Greg Gardner replaced Webster a Free Press
auto editor and Christopher Kirkpatrick as business editor. The paper's
staff email format is first
John Dinkel, a man of many parts: engineer editor,
consultant, writer, PR man and inveterate punster, imparts that he has
departed Green Tech Automotive, which is developing a new
electric vehicle. "That means, he says, "I am available for assignments, short or long, in the areas of
automotive consulting and communications. The consulting side includes
product planning, product development, marketing/sales, public
relations, sales training, vehicle analysis, and other misc and sunday
(Not a typo--it implies my availability 24/7). Communications? I divide
myself into four areas: punmanship, Editorial Irritant and Carmudgeon.
What's the fourth? I plead the fifth!" . . . Another two-hatter, Marty Schorr added Editor,
Car Guy Chronicles, and chief communications
officer of the Sarasota Cafe Racers to his ownership responsibilities at
PMPR, Inc. in Sarasota, Fla. Email: email@example.com.
J.D. POWER Automotive Forecasting
is now LMC Automotive and Jeff Schuster's new email address is
. . .
Prolific Canada-based freelancer Mark Hacking has a new email address:
Mark@markhacking.com . .
. Former Detroit News auto editor Manny Lopez has joined the
Mackinac Center for Public Policy as managing editor of Michigan Capitol
Confidential. The publication "helps inform Michigan residents of
the policy decisions that affect their lives." . . . Josh Max is the host,
associate producer and music content provider for the Discovery
Channel's new show "CARnivore," which Max describes as "Pee-Wee's
Playhouse for gearheads." Watch the commercial here:
Max is also back at the NY Daily News, publishing 6 articles a week to
do with all manner of car and truck topics, safety, items of interest
and, of course, reviews. He also continues to write a blog, "I, Max" at
C. Van Tune is now owner and executive producer at 90
in a 35 Productions, Inc. The company is currently developing a feature
film and co-developing a TV documentary on the original "Route 66"
television series. Van Tune can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org . . .
. Bryan Laviolette is now Information
Services Coordinator at Michigan Credit Union League, associate editor,
TheDetroit Bureau and
founder and editor at www.FastAmphibians.com. Email him at
email@example.com. . . .
Davey Johnson became West Coast
Sr. Online Editor for AutoWeek with the start of the year.
Paul Zangari's new email for Drive-Thru Radio is:
Steve Hammes' new email at Drive Time Productions (video car reviews) in
Albany, NY is: firstname.lastname@example.org . . . .Harsh Luthra's new email
CarReviews and News: email@example.com . . .Steve Trousdale replaced
Drew Voros at the
Contra Costa Group in Walnut, Ca. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org . . .
Aaron Robinson's email is
writer Bruce Smith has added the editorship of Propickup Magazine to his
outlets as well as another email: for material intended for Propickup:
email@example.com . . .Haig
Stoddard returned to Ward's Auto as industry analyst. Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org . . .
email at Canadian Autoworld is
email@example.com . . .
Rob Merwin has replaced Kevin Loewen as an
editor at Parts and People. Email:
When Automotive.com became a part of
Source Interlink, Joel Arellano's email became:
Kendra Hogue is auto editor for The Oregonian and John Vincent writes
for and designs the paper's weekly auto section. Emails at oregonian.com
are: khogue and jvincent. . . . Bernard Simon, has left the Financial
Times where he has been Canada and North America correspondent since
2004. Previously, he was Canada business correspondent for the New York
John McCandless' Road Reports consulting service was awarded
The Suburban Collection account that includes 40 franchises in 30
locations including dealerships in Michigan, Florida and California.
Contact Road Reports at:
firstname.lastname@example.org . . . Former Ford PR man
Michael Phillips informed his WAPA buddies that he is moving
on to the Virginia Clean Cities Coalition, a public private
partnership working on alternative fuels and merging transportation
technologies. He can be
atmsp9K@virginia.edu or 434-760-4485 . . . . Laura Oliveto is
now Sr. VP, Business Development BASSO Design Group, an
award-winning provider of web experiences and online marketing
campaigns. Previously with AutoCom Associate Oliveto can be
Mike Geylin reports that Kermish-Geylin PR has been named
the communications agency for BMW
Financial Services. He will act as media-relations manager for the new
client who offers s range of consumer and dealer financial services both
within and without the BMW and Mini sales networks. BMW Insurance
Agency, BMW Bank of North America (credit card products)
and Alphera Financial Services are part of the group. Geylin can
be contacted at: email@example.com.
Dan Kahn, advises that Kahn Media has been named PR agency
of record for B & M and Hurst and will handle social
media, trade show and motorsports support as well as PR. Email him at
firstname.lastname@example.org . . . A link to
a video tribute to Dan Johnston prompted by his retirement from
Volvo Cars North America PR after years of service, was sent
along by Bob Kocher who didn't spare superlatives in his
introduction to an engaging short speech by Johnston at a dinner where
his retirement was announced:
http://youtu.be/NX8R3wL5cH0 . . . Steve Plumb has moved
from editor at the Autobeat Group to Account Manager with the
Millerschin Group in Auburn Hills, Mich. Try
AutoCom Associates, a Michigan-based public relations firm
specializing in automotive and high-tech communications, has signed a
partnership agreement with Automotive PR (APR), an international
automotive public relations group. . . . Honda North America, Inc.'s
presence in America is detailed in charts, tables and videos on a new
web site launched by its government relations office:
Manufacturing, employment, purchasing history, R &D, Parts & Suppliers
an Investment Map and more information is available to journalists,
regulators and policy makers at all levels of government.
Praise Agents: Comments?
across the finish line
Laura Clark Geist - An Automotive News staffer for five years, an
industry freelancer for 19 years and author of two books: Praying
Through Cancer and Free From Fear.
Gary Dolson – Popular Goodyear Canada PR man.
A lengthy, light
to him is in Norris McDonald's Auto Racing column for Wheels, Ca on Feb.
Patrick Paternie – Well-liked freelance auto writer and Porsche lover
who whose work appeared in AutoWeek for 12 years and in more than 125
magazines over 25 years. He had just finished a race at Willow Springs
when he was felled by a heart attack at age 65.
Alan Mann - Driver and head of Alan Mann racing in the 60's. A brief
tribute to his career:
UltimateCarpage.com. March 22.
Jizeng "Jay" Chen - Publisher of Asian Fortune passed away on January
31, 2012 from a brain aneurysm.
Glenn F. Campbell
IMPA: New York Auto Show Breakfast,
New York, New Yorks
PAPA: Retired Auto Designer Dinner,
New York Auto Show Press Days, New
New York Auto Show Public Days, New
WAJ: 20th Annual Media Day, Monterey,
MPG: Luncheon Proud Bird: Congressman
John Campbell, Los Angeles, CA
MAMA: Luncheon and Demo, Arlington
Park, IL: Fiat 500 Abarth
RRDC: Evening With Jim Hall: Hilton
Hotel, Long Beach, CA
Bridgstone American Akron Tech Center:
Grand Opening, Akron,Ohio
PAPA: Copperstate 1000 Vintage
Rally/Drive & Picnic: Phoenix, AZ
WAPA: Luncheon: Nat'l Press Club:
Assoc of Global Automakers
NEMPA Dinner: East Bridgewater, MA:
SAE World Congress: Detroit, MI
TAWA: Kick-Off Luncheon, Ft. Worth,
TAWA: Texas Auto Roundup: Ft. Worth,
Women With Wheels "Girls Go Racing"
Road America: Elkhart Lake, WI
APA: Luncheon: Detroit Athletic Club:
Detroit, MI: Michelin Design Panel
NEMPA: Awards Dinner: Boston, MA:
"Autonomous Vehicle: Roundtable Annual Meeting
MPG: Luncheon: Los Angeles, CA:
IMPA: Spring Brake Ride & Drive: Bear
Mountain State Park, NY
MAMA: Spring Rally Manufacturers
Dinner: Elkhart Lake, WI
MAMA: Spring Rally Track Day, Road
America: Elkhart Lake, WI
MAMA: Spring Rally Off-Road Day:
Elkhart Lake, WI
WAJ: Dinner Meeting: S. San
Francisco, CA: Paul Ingrassia
APA: Luncheon: Detroit Athletic
Club: Detroit, MI: Volkswagen
PAPA: Event: Phoenix, AZ: Dodge
APA: Luncheon: Detroit Athletic
Club: Detroit, MI: J.D. Power
APA: Luncheon: Detroit Athletic
Club: Detroit, MI: Honda
NEMPA: Ragtop Ramble: Boston, MA
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belonging usually gives you access to transcripts or reports of
these events and other benefits.
Automotive Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association, Inc.
Norma "Dusty" Brandel
President, Exec. Director
Automotive Press Association
Joann Muller, President
American Racing Press Association
Stan Clinton, President
Mike Spinelli, President
Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association
Davis Adams, President
Tom Appel, President
Motor Press Guild
Los Angeles, CA
Laura Burstein, President
New England Motor
Keith Griffin, President
Jeff Zurschmeide, President
Phoenix Automotive Press
Cathy Droz, President
Rocky Mountain Automotive Press
Nathan Adlen, President
Southern Automotive Media
Jaimie Flores, President
Southeast Automotive Media Organization
Texas Auto Writers Association
Truck Writers of
Tom Kelley, Executive Director
Western Automotive Journalists
San Francisco, CA
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