Pit Notes 11-2008

Dan Jedlicka continues writing about autos for the Chicago Sun Times as he has since 1968 but now will do so from home. His new email address is danjedlicka@comcast.net. . . . John Biel of Publications International was quick to point out that the recent handsome edition of Collectible Automobile with a “25” in the logo was not the Anniversary issue Itself ( as reported here last month along with the misspelling of its publisher’s name) – just a masthead teaser for the months leading up to the celebratory milestone issue coming in April ’09 under the watchful eye of the originator and continuous publisher, Frank Peiler.

The drop in Source Interlink’s stock to 0.335 per share may have something to do with Richard Truesdell’s rant in last month’s Newsletter about his being paid once for an article used twice in different publications from the supermarket distributor and publisher’s stable of many titles. Truesdell’s lament prompted an “Amen” from LandSpeed Louise Noeth who wrote, “It made me recall the same crap Petersen Publishing used to put us through 20 years ago. If the writers and photogs and illustrators don’t hang together, the publishers will surely hang us one by one.”

The long running weekly AutoLine TV show launched the world’s first daily global automotive newscast. Hosted by Autoline’s John McElroy, a new five-minute Autoline Daily is posted at noon every day, Monday through Friday and can be automatically delivered to your computer or mobile device. . . . . ImpreMedia auto editor Camilo Alfaro advises that Andres Oneil in Puerto Rico and Carlos Guzman in Miami help produce the automotive content for the publisher’s 7 newspapers that reach two thirds of the U.S, Hispanic market via the web and print.

Sobre Ruedas award winners in 14 vehicle categories will be announced during this week’s Florida International Auto Show in Miami. Sobre Ruedas is an automotive magazine distributed by Spanish newspapers in the nation’s top 8 Hispanic markets. . . . OnWheelsInc.com has re-launched with

SAMA Cheers Kids - Photo by J.Mota/Univsion

SAMA Cheers Kids

a new design to better serve minority car buyers and enthusiasts. . . . SAMA members’ first “Rides ‘N’ Smiles” event brought both to young patients at the Baptist Hospital of Miami and their parents with an afternoon of new car rides at Homestead Miami Speedway. . . . BFSRetail and Commercial Operations were recognized by the EPA for recycling over319,000 pounds of lead wheel weights in 2007 and for its nearly 2,000 stores switching to non-toxic steel weights to replace millions of lead weights annually.

Brenda Priddy advises that the Ebay auction she has been running for injured Detroit auto journalist Frank Washington has raised more than $8,000 to help defray some of his expenses while recovering from a brutal mugging earlier this year. Jim Dunne is splitting the costs of the auction with her so that all proceeds go to Washington. She has more items to post and welcomes more. Contact her at: brendapriddy@gmail.com. to donate auction items.

Veteran auto journalist Julie Candler won 38% of the vote in her first try for office, running for State Representative against a Republican fixture from her home district in the Detroit suburbs. Not bad for a newcomer but truly impressive as Detroit News reporter Marney Rich Keenan notes for a woman not only old enough to be the mother of her 54-year-old opponent but old enough to be John McCain’s mom. At age 88 Candler has been an automotive journalist since 1960. And still is. She just polished off an auto show piece for Corp’ Magazine.