Lane Changes

John Matras is not changing lanes but the veteran autowriter and photographer is looking for a few more roads to explore while considering a re-launch of his CarBuzzard web site, and blog the erstwhile home of car reviews current and past. (He had them all) He continues to write for the Examiner from his Tannersville, Penn., home. Matras can be reached at, or 570-468-4083.

Decisive Media editor-in-chief Lyndon Conrad Bell has added Sports Car Monitor to his editing portfolio. It is a High Gear Media emagazine. . . . Pete Ward  ( has replaced Randy Fish as editor of Drag Racer. . . Tommy Thompson ( supplants Andrew Quillin as a CarLab contact. . . . Jamie Deaton ( replaces Sean Tucker as a Rankings and Reviews auto editor at U.S. News & World Reports.

Veteran auto industry analyst Haig Stoddard ( with Wards for years and more recently with IHS Global Insight became the odd man out when that company acquired competitor CSM. He is available at 248-515-9935. . . .Jonny Lieberman has matriculated to the Motor Trend staff from the blogosphere where he honed his writing skills with Autoblog, Jalopnik and The Truth About Cars.

Kevin Sintumuang moves from associate editor at GQ: Gentlemen’s Quarterly to The Wall Street Journal where he will report on a number of topics, including cars. . . . Rick Carey has joined Sports Car Digest as auction editor. He will bring nearly two decades of covering the collector car market to his pre- and post-auction reports in the magazine. . . .Two auto writers have left The Detroit Free Press and one has joined the daily. Tim Higgins moved to the Detroit office of Bloomberg News and Justin Hyde, most recently an industry correspondent for the paper, has joined Jalopnik as features editor. Chrissie Thompson ( joins the paper’s auto staff from Automotive News in order to fulfill her long-standing desire to work for a community newspaper.

Road & Travel and Earth, Wind & Power Media have a new corporate office address at 3229 Patriot Way in West Greenwich, RI, 02817. Telephone: 401-385-3828. Publisher and editor-in-chief Courtney Caldwell says the Detroit office will remain open and a Los Angeles office will be opened in 2011. Email submissions for the outlets can be sent to: and addressed to “content manager”.

New contact information for Gaywheels: Questions regarding the site can be directed to Joe Talongo at, questions about the LGBT automotive consumer can be directed to Peter Sorgenfrei at ps@sorgenfreillc.comJoe LaMuraglia is no longer associated with the site. . . . Auto writer Rich Bieboch has left the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel and has not been replaced. . . . Freelancer Marcy Watson’s email address is: . . .Auto writer Ted Shelsby has not been replaced at The Baltimore Sun.

Maynard Gordon reports a new email address:  . . .Megan Snider ( is the auto editor for the Southern Maryland Newspapers. . . Robert Duronio, who writes for Consumer Review, has a new email address: . . . .So does Bill Vlasic:  .. . Reg Abbiss has changed his email address to:  . . . Also with new Emails are freelancer Desmond Toups: and Mike Holt:

Speedway Illustrated has suspended publication. The other titles and web sites in Canadian publisher CLB Media’s portfolio, including Auto Dealer and Affaire’s Automobiles, have been sold to Annex Publishing & Printing in Aurora, Ontario. . . .Wooden Horse reports: Automotive Fleet, Fleet Financials, Government Fleet and Work Truck are without managing editor Cindy Brauer. . . . Dustin Walsh: moves to covering auto suppliers for Crain’s Detroit Business. Mike Colias,, has joined Automotive News. He will cover technology and suppliers.